Sep 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Thursday, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a special call for Catholic faithful to help the poorest dioceses in the path of Hurricane Katrina--especially those in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana.
Sep 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The response from Catholic dioceses, communities and organizations to the devastation left behind by Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast has been immediate and far-reaching.
Sep 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican announced today that Pope Benedict XVI has legally entrusted Vatican Radio with the copyright and intellectual property rights to all of his voice recordings--even those made prior to his election to the papacy.
Sep 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pro-family groups are expressing horror and outrage today after the California State Senate passed 21-15, a measure which could redefine marriage in the state from constituting a “man and woman” to simply “two persons.”
Sep 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Most people have never heard of Front Royal, Virginia or Steubenville, Ohio, but for throngs of faithful Catholics, these places are like small icons.
Sep 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Jim Sedlak, president of American Life League’s STOPP International group, heavily criticized Planned Parenthood this week for what he sees as a marketing stunt aimed at victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Sep 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Congregation for Catholic Education was mandated to draw up guidelines for accepting candidates for the priesthood. These guidelines were expected to address the question of whether homosexuals would be barred. The chairman of the U.S. bishops' committee on priestly formation, Bishop John Nienstedt, said the Congregation told him that he could expect the guidelines soon.
Sep 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The publishing office of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is set to publish the English-language version of the new Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Sep 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Four priests from the Diocese of Albany are denying allegations that they molested minors and have requested canonical trials to challenge their removal from ministry, reported the Associated Press.
Sep 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On August 29 Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata, Argentina, revealed he had received a death threat from an anonymous source “recommending” him to cease expressing his opinions publicly about the Argentine government.
Sep 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Hugo Barrantes Ureña of San Jose, Costa Rica, said this week the self-named “Reformed Catholic Church,” which has been operating in the country since 2000 and claims to be in communion with the Holy See, is “a schismatic group. A group that is separated from the Catholic Church.”