Jul 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In his general audience earlier today in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Benedict XVI encouraged nearly 15,000 listeners to realize that all are children of God the Father who, in light of Christ, “can now be invoked as 'Abba,'…in a spontaneous and loving relationship."
Jul 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Following his general audience this morning at the Vatican, Pope Benedict greeted a group of delegates from the Italian diocese of Spoleto-Norcia who came bearing the “Torch of Peace”, a powerful symbol which the Pope hopes will encourage a greater “witness to Christian values in Europe.”
Jul 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Speaking on the newly released Compendium to the Catechism of the Catholic Church Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI stressed the need for Catholics to lovingly embrace the whole of the faith.
Jul 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- John Paul II’s longtime personal secretary, Archbishop Stanislao Dziwisz of Krakow, confirmed this week the late Pontiff had written a letter to Ali Agca, the Turkish gunman who attempted to assassinate him in 1981, but never ended up sending it.
Jul 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A Catholic group in the U.K. aiming to preserve authentic Catholic teaching is expressing outage at proposals throughout the U.K. to establish schools allowing joint religious and sexual education for Catholics and Anglicans.
Jul 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Friday, Catholics around the world will begin the final forty-day countdown before the 11th annual World Youth Day celebration, and the official WYD pilgrimage cross will begin its final push toward the German city of Cologne.
Jul 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The New York Times reported this week that many former critics of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger are warming up to the man once called the “Vatican’s pit bull,” since his becoming Pope Benedict XVI last spring.
Jul 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In the wake of an invalid ceremony on Saturday in which a French woman declared herself a Catholic priest, Kingston, Ontario Archbishop Anthony Meagher is warning 9 women who plan to make a similar move this month that "To attempt an ordination this way is to step outside the church.''
Jul 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Secretary General of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Bishop Fabian Marlanda, reiterated this week the Church’s opposition to the adoption of children by gay couples, because the child’s right to have a father and a mother supersedes the demands of homosexuals.
Jul 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During a press conference on World Youth Day 2005, which will take place in Germany in August, Cardinal Joachim Meisner of Cologne said the mission of young people attending would be “to show the face of Christ to the world.”
Jul 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Jose Sanchez Gonzalez of Sigüenza-Guadalajara, Spain, said this week opposition to same-sex marriage is not tantamount to discrimination against homosexuals, but rather the favoring of the institutions of marriage and the family.