Aug 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As he received the new Iraqi Foreign Affairs Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Pope Benedict expressed this Thursday his wishes that the new Iraqi constitution respects the right to religious freedom.
Aug 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The national director of Priests for Life praised two bishops who have issued policies that prohibit pro-abortion speakers and politicians from speaking at Church-sponsored events or on church property.
Aug 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As he received the new Venezuelan Ambassador to the Vatican, , Iván Guillermo Rincón Urdaneta, Pope Benedict asked Hugo Chavez’s Government to respect a space of freedom for the Church, because the State doesn’t have “anything to fear” from her.
Aug 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Mike Kent grew up Catholic in Florida. He attended the University of Central Florida for a year and played football. Then he went to World Youth Day 2002 in Toronto.
Aug 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Terry Polakovic is serious about helping young women discover their dignity. Last week, she and other representatives of the Denver-based ENDOW (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women) program, traveled to Cologne to share their message at their largest venue ever--at the 20th World Youth Day.
Aug 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Spanish police are investigating the authenticity and credibility of a message sent by fax to the Madrid daily ABC, allegedly in the name of Al Qaeda, which threatens terrorist to lead attacks against the Vatican and justifies the attacks in Spain, the United Kingdom, and Italy.
Aug 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- President Álvaro Uríbe Velez of Colombia has promised Church leaders in his country he has sent a letter to the country’s congressional body urging lawmakers not to pass a proposed law that would legalize abortion.
Aug 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A panel of judges in Brasilia has ordered a Catholic priest to pay a fine for using the word “pro-abortion” to describe anthropologist Debora Diniz Rodrigues, a renowned defender of abortion and director of the Institute on Bioethics, Human Rights and Gender.
Aug 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Outraged Catholics in Taipei have succeeded in having an offensive ad pulled, reported AFP.
Aug 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The President of the Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Baltazar Porras, expressed the bishops’ repudiation of evangelist Pat Robertson’s call to assassinate President Hugo Chavez, saying the comments were incompatible with the Christian faith.
Aug 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Emeritus Miguel Esteban Hesayne of Viedma, Argentina, said this week the Church is not a corporation and should not be seen as “just another competing power” in the country.