Sep 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Let me go to the house of the Father.” These were Pope John Paul II’s last words, mumbled in polish with a weak voice, six hours before reaching the house of the father.
Sep 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Before his noontime Angelus prayer at the papal Castelgandolfo summer residence yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI said that the key to holy priests and to a sanctified Church lies in the celebration of the Eucharist.
Sep 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today, Pope Benedict XVI met with a group of recently ordained bishops who have just completed a period of prayer and reflection over their upcoming duties and new roles. He called on them to be teachers of the faith, and to announce to people the profound good news of the Gospel--a reason, he said, for which to live.
Sep 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Friday, the final day of a high-level United Nations summit held in New York, Vatican Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano told participants that the aging U.N. needs to be renewed to face the "challenges of the present day" and called for new peacekeeping initiatives to be implemented.
Sep 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Friday, a federal judge in Missouri blocked two new abortion laws which would have regulated the state’s abortion clinics and beefed up parental consent standards, just one day after they were signed by the governor.
Sep 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Multicultural parishes are becoming increasingly common across America, and they are no longer just an urban phenomenon. Parishes in rural towns are becoming more and more multicultural, and this new trend was evident last week at a national conference in Arlington
Sep 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Diocesan and parish leaders will reflect on the future staffing of parishes at a national symposium this week. "Enhancing The Mission" will be held Sept. 21-23 at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel.
Sep 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Americans across the country joined Friday in a National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for victims of Hurricane Katrina. President George W. Bush called for the special day of prayer.
Sep 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Walter Hurley is hopeful appeals to higher courts will reinstate the Michigan Legal Birth Definition Act.
Sep 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Peru has issued a statement demanding the country’s Ministry of Health make public the international scientific information that has not discounted the potential abortifacient nature of the morning-after pill. Likewise the bishops denounced an effort to keep Catholics from participating in public debate on the issue.
Sep 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A spokesman for the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia called for confidentiality in the proposals to achieve the liberation of hostages after the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC) rejected a proposal to enter into dialogue with the government and the Catholic Church.
Sep 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A new law that would legalize abortion in Portugal up to the seventh week of pregnancy could be the subject of a national referendum if a proposal by country’s Socialist Party is approved.
Sep 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Reflecting on laicism and religion in France, Archbishop Andre Lacrampe of Besançon and president of the National Council for Solidarity, said laicism implies neutrality and not exclusion or ignorance by the State in regards to the Church.