Sep 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- the spokesman for the Holy See, Joaquin Navarro-Valls, and the Croatian Episcopal Conference both rejected the accusations of the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court for Ex-Yougoslavia (TPIY), Carla del Ponte, of protecting alleged war criminals.
Sep 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Camillo Ruini conceded Monday that de facto unions are on the rise in Italy, but he does not believe most couples in these unions want legal recognition. Heterosexual couples are either looking to marry or to “remain in a situation of anonymity, without any bonds,” he said according to The Associated Press.
Sep 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The US government, through the Assistant Attorney General Peter Keisler, has told a Texas court that Pope Benedict XVI should be given immunity from a lawsuit accusing him of conspiring to cover up the sexual molestation of three boys by a seminarian, court documents show.
Sep 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican announced today that it will once again take part in the annual "European Heritage Day", on September 25th, and will open all Vatican museums and Roman catacombs to the public for free that day.
Sep 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Clergy, faithful, and even civic leaders were on hand Monday morning at Naples’ Cathedral to witness the centuries old occurrence--still unexplainable by scientists--of the liquefaction of martyr St. Januarius’ blood.
Sep 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Adding his voice to the still sticky evolution / intelligent design conversation, Pittsburgh Bishop Donald Wuerl, argued in a recent column in the Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper for the reasonableness of intelligent design, and the need for its rightful place in accepted theories for the origin of man.
Sep 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic community of Wautoma in central Wisconsin, is further evidence that dioceses across the country, including rural areas, are increasingly multicultural and playing important roles in assisting new migrants.
Sep 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson and lawyers involved in settlement talks regarding sexual-abuse claims have praised the judge who is leading the process for his firm and fair guidance and remarked on the amicable way in which talks are proceeding.
Sep 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Catholics in the Diocese of Jackson have been called to dedicate the month of October to prayer and eucharistic adoration for those affected by Hurricane Katrina and those helping in the relief efforts.
Sep 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Santiago, Chile, Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz, said this week he was hopeful about the future of the South American country and he expressed thanks to God for the blessings Chile has received.
Sep 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Before more than 15,000 people gathered in Torreciudad, Spain, to celebrate the 16th Marian Day of the Family, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, said the Church “only seeks the good of society when she defends and proposes the unity of the family.”
Sep 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The President of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, Archbishop Paul Cordes, returned to Rome this week after visiting the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina at the special request of Pope Benedict XVI. “I have seen some terrible scenes, but also gestures of great humanity,” the archbishop said.
Sep 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Holy See Press Room informed that Pope Benedict named Mons. Jorge Liberato Urosa Savino as the new Archbishop of Caracas (Venezuela), who up until now served as the Archbishop of Valencia.