Sep 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI expressed his hope that “all people who believe in the one God will unite to deplore all forms of violence and cooperate to restore peace in the troubled land of Iraq,” as he presented his condolences following the deaths of hundreds of people during a stampede on a Baghdad bridge.
Sep 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- More than 400 people from 98 countries, among them 98 bishops, will meet in Rome this month for an international biblical conference on the theme, Sacred Scripture in the Life of the Church. Organizers are also expecting participants from other churches and religions to attend.
Sep 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Armed with only two changes of clothes, New Orleans Archbishop Alfred Hughes--along with hundreds of thousands of refugees, most likely now homeless after the scourge of Hurricane Katrina--spent yesterday in ministry to the frightened and devastated evacuees of the city of New Orleans.
Sep 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The California bishops are urging Catholics in the state to vote in favor of a proposed law that would require health professionals to notify parents of a minor 48 hours before she obtains an abortion.
Sep 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Moral issues not addressed in the Constitution, such as abortion, gay rights and the death penalty, should be debated and settled by Congress or state legislatures, not by the courts, said U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Sep 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A Fargo, North Dakota judge has decided not to allow past allegations of priest misconduct in the trial of a woman attempting to sue the Diocese of Fargo for gender discrimination.
Sep 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Today, the Vatican released Pope Benedict XVI's prayer and mission intentions for the month, which stress the importance of religious freedom and of the continuity of the Gospel message within new and growing churches worldwide.
Sep 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Domenico Bettinelli has been named editor of The Catholic World Report (CWR), America’s leading Catholic news magazine and Ignatius Press’ flagship journal. After 12 years with CWR, retiring editor Phil Lawler will become editor emeritus, and will continue to be an active presence and will occasionally write for the magazine.
Sep 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican Secretary of State has asked the bishops’ conferences of Latin America to be on the alert against a campaign by “Catholics for a Free Choice” (CFC) to gather signatures of religious leaders in an attempt to support the concept of “reproductive health”-- a euphemism for abortion-- at the upcoming United Nations summit.
Sep 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iñiguez of Guadalajara, Mexico, announced the beatification of Anacleto Gonzalez Flores and eleven companions, all martyrs, who died defending the Cristeros uprising against the Masonic persecution of 1926-29.
Sep 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The President of the Colombian Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Luis Augusto Castro of Tunja, said this week he has not received any response from the Marxist rebel group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) regarding the Church’s proposal to mediate negotiations with the group.