Jul 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today, the Vatican released Pope Benedict’s official schedule for his August trip to Cologne, Germany for the 20th World Youth Day. His visit will include visits with civic and religious leaders as well as massive celebrations with over a million young people from around the world.
Jul 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Since Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s announcement of retirement two weeks ago, Washington has been waiting with baited breath for President Bush’s decision on a nominee to replace her. Last night, with the announcement of Judge John Roberts, many pro-lifers are rejoicing, while those on the opposite side of the abortion debate seem poised for battle.
Jul 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Canadian Senate has passed Canada’s same-sex marriage bill late Tuesday by a vote of 47-21; three senators abstained in the late-night vote. Governor General Adrienne Clarkson is expected to give the bill royal assent today, the formal process that officially makes the bill become law in Canada.
Jul 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of St. Louis has announced its decision to no longer host lunchtime lectures, conducted by the Aquinas Institute, at its Cardinal Rigali Center in Shrewsbury.
Jul 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a letter sent in the name of the Holy Father to Cardinal Stephen Fumio Hamao, president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Immigrant Peoples, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano warned that with the growth of world tourism, respect for individual cultures and religions must be upheld and encouraged Christian communities to share the life of Christ with tourists.
Jul 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic faithful of Hawaii are ready to celebrate the historic ordination of Fr. Clarence “Larry” Silva as the fifth bishop of Honolulu.
Jul 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- For San Francisco publisher Denise Carrigg, every day is an opportunity to grow deeper into the mystery of God. But it wasn’t always this way. She shared her story of faith and conversion with the San Francisco Gate recently.
Jul 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Caritas International, through the offices of Caritas Haiti and Caritas Antilles, has announced it will be sending aid to victims of Hurricanes Dennis and Emily which have ravaged the Caribbean in recent days.
Jul 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A delegation of bishops from Europe and Canada are visiting Guatemala this week in order to assess the level of poverty in the country and develop aid projects for rural communities.
Jul 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Participants in the Encounter of Young Political and Social Leaders, which took place this month in Argentina and was organized by the Youth Ministry Office of the Bishops’ Conference of Argentina, have published their conclusions agreed to during the event, stating that young people must “bear witness and commit in body and soul to participate in the political, social and trade union structures of our country.”
Jul 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During the consecration of the new Church of St. Thomas More in Madrid, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela highlighted the relevance for today’s world of the saint’s model of holiness and his defense of marriage and the law of God without fear of martyrdom.