Jul 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Speaking to nearly 40,000 pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square Sunday, the Holy Father reflected on his namesake, St. Benedict, a man who, he says, “laid the seed of a new civilization…amid the ashes of the Roman empire.”
Jul 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- This morning, the Holy Father departed Rome for the start of his 17-day vacation in the Italian alps, where he will share the same house as was frequented by the late John Paul II.
Voice of the Faithful drafts demands on Catholic leaders; experts skeptical about loyalty to the ChurchJul 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Voice of the Faithful, a group synonymous for many with anger and dissent, held their first meeting in three years this weekend in Indianapolis where they discussed ways to reform the Catholic Church following the priestly sexual abuse scandal.
Jul 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During yesterday’s noontime Angelus prayer at St. Peter’s Square, Pope Benedict expressed his "profound grief over the atrocious terrorist attacks in London last Thursday", and implored terrorists to “stop, in God’s name.”
Jul 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today in the Vatican, the Holy See released its financial records for 2004 which show the Church’s monetary work toward caring for the poor, preserving artistic heritage, and assisting local churches in efforts of evangelization.
Jul 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In an attempt to weaken what John Paul II coined as the “Culture of Death”, Florida’s Ave Maria University has announced the establishment of the Terri Schindler-Schiavo Scholarship fund for aspiring priests and seminarians.
Jul 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Fifteen priests of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles are marking 50 years of service to the Church and to the Catholic faithful. Eleven of these priests were members of the largest class ever to be ordained from St. John’s Seminary, located in Camarillo, Calif.
Jul 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The founder of National Shrine and Parish of the Cross in the Woods in northern Michigan died July 7. At 91, Msgr. Charles Brophy was the oldest priest in the Diocese of Grand Rapids.
Jul 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In an interview with the Italian daily L’Espresso, the director of the Holy See Press Office, Joaquin Navarro-Valls, revealed a few details about the moments immediately following the death of Pope John Paul II last April.
Jul 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops Conference of Mexico issued a statement last week reiterating that life is a gift from God which man must protect and clarifying that the right to die does not exist, even “in situations of extreme suffering.”