Aug 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a friend of the court brief, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the bishop of Manchester, New Hampshire, urged the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold New Hampshire’s parental notification law.
Aug 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The largest international lay Catholic organization, the Knights of Columbus, has adopted two resolutions that affirm Roe v. Wade as bad constitutional law and that call for fair hearings on the Supreme Court nomination of John Roberts.
Aug 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Ten U.S. bishops have been scheduled to give catechetical sessions to young pilgrims at World Youth Day in Cologne in mid-August.
Aug 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- An open debate among Americans and Iraqis about Islamic sharia law is critically needed as Iraq prepares to finalize its constitution, which points to the creation of a state governed by sharia, says religious freedom expert Nina Shea.
Aug 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is the latest Christian denomination to enter the debate over whether or not to allow openly homosexual clergy.
Aug 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- More than 370 children and teenagers attended the II National Congress of Missionary Children, which took place July 29-31 in the eastern Cuban city of Camagüey. The event began with a procession in which participants received a large pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Charity, the patroness of Cuba.
Aug 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Diocese of San Bernardo in Chile is denouncing a government plan to promote the use of condoms, saying the plan goes against the common good and a healthy understanding of sexuality among young people.
Aug 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During the presentation of the Compendium of Social Teachings of the Church at the Catholic University of Argentina (CUA), the President of the Bishops’ Committee on Social Ministry, Bishop Carmelo Giaquinta, called for greater study and implementation of the social teachings of the Church in Argentina and Latin America.
Aug 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The President of the Bishops’ Conference of Peru, Bishop Hugo Garaycoa said this week the bishops in the northern provinces of Ayabaca, Huancabamba, San Ignacio and Jaen have not encouraged the violent protests between police and citizens which have left one dead and dozens injured.
Aug 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI traveled by helicopter from his summer residence in Castelgandolfo Friday to visit his brother Georg, who is hospitalized at the Gemelli Clinic in Rome.