Dec 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Macy's Department Stores has agreed to return the phase "Merry Christmas" to store signage and advertising. The Committee to Save Merry Christmas announced and lauded the retailer’s decision today.
Dec 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A new one-hour documentary investigates the lives and legends of the Apostles, how they were transformed after the resurrection of Christ, how they traveled the world to tell Christ's story, and how all but John were martyred.
Dec 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A bill that would legalize assisted suicide in Canada died on the order table Monday when Canada’s Liberal minority government was toppled with a historic vote of non-confidence.
Dec 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Today, Pope Benedict met with eleven new members of the Vatican diplomatic corps and called on their respective countries to help curb violence in all corners of the world. Each left with a particular message for their home countries from the Holy Father.
Dec 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today, Pope Benedict met with members of the International Theological Commission, with whom he stressed the need to uphold the dignity of the human person--firmly written into natural law.
Dec 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican released today a message written by Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, President of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care, on the occasion of the World Day Against AIDS.
Dec 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Several news agencies are reporting that the miracle required by Canon Law for the beatification of Pope John Paul II may have occurred in France.
Dec 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- “We value human sexuality as something very important, but we see it from the perspective of man. WE believe sexuality is linked to love,” said Bishop Juan Ruben Martinez of Posadas, Argentina, explaining the Catholic position on a plan to establish sex-ed in schools across the country.
Catholic Bishops continue to call for end of Death penalty, in reaction to grace granted for 1000th Death penalty by Virginia GovernorDec 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Echoing the call earlier this week from Baltimore Archbishop Keeler, Most Reverend Stephen Blaire, Bishop of Stockton and President of the California Catholic Conference, released the following statement yesterday expressing strong support for an end to the death penalty in California and affirming the recent statement by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, A Culture of Life and the Penalty of Death. With California having scheduled three inmate executions over the next three months.
Dec 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Today the Vatican announced Pope Benedict's prayer and mission intentions for the month of December. Both find their roots in the Pope’s teaching on the God-given dignity of the human person.
The Pope appoints Rev. George J. Rassas of the Archdiocese of Chicago to Auxiliary Bishop of the same dioceseDec 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Rev. George J. Rassas, a priest from the Archdiocese of Chicago since 1968, was appointed to auxiliary Bishop of his diocese.
Dec 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a meeting today with members of the International Theological Commission, Pope Benedict stressed the need for theologians to perform their work in union with, and under the authority of the Church Magesterium and sacred tradition.