Jul 28, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As residents of the Maharashtra region of India struggle to cope with the devastating monsoon rains and flooding that have already killed some 430, the Holy Father is expressing his “profound solidarity and pastoral concern” in the time of crisis.
Pope addresses vocation crisis, lack of faith in Church; says ‘suffering is the way to transformation’Jul 28, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Monday, Pope Benedict met with clergy of the diocese of Aosta, Italy, where he just finished his summer vacation today. The text shows that his discussions centered on the crisis of faith in the world today, the role of divorced Catholics in the Church and the challenge of vocations.
Jul 28, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Speaking to clergy of the Diocese of Aosta, Italy on Monday, Pope Benedict addressed the difficult question of divorced Catholics who have remarried, a situation he described as "particularly painful."
Jul 28, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A Brown University researcher has concluded that the abortion drug RU 486 causes rare bacterial infections in women that can lead to death, reports LifeNews.com. Dr. Ralph Miech is expected to have his research published in the September issue of The Annals of Pharmacotherapy.
Jul 28, 2005 - 12:00 am .- While the press and liberal observers have been criticizing the nomination of John Roberts for the Supreme Court because of his Catholic faith, Associated Press contributor Richard Ostling points out that “history shows a justice's religion does not provide a roadmap for rulings.”
Jul 28, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During his recent visit to Argentina, the Archbishop of Genoa, Italy, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, denounced the disintegration of marriage as created by God and the destruction of the definition of marriage.
Jul 28, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Monday, Father Carlos Quintana Puente, a Puerto Rican-ordained priest with vast financial experience was named the new Executive Director of the Secretariat for the Church in Latin America at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington.
Jul 28, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Rosalio Jose Castillo Lara told reporters this week that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez “is not Catholic” and he expressed regret that Chavez has encouraged “the sowing of hatred that is bearing evil results.”
Jul 28, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The citizens of San Diego have voted to keep a 1954 war memorial that includes a 43-ft concrete cross. More than 75 percent of Tuesday’s votes were in favor of keeping the cross rather than donating the cross and memorial to the federal government as a national war memorial.