Dec 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Reconciliation and justice are still desperately needed in Bosnia-Herzegovina, 10 years after the end of the war, Bishop Ratko Peric of Mostar-Duvno told Aid to the Church in Need Dec. 7.
Dec 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Mental health will be the focus of the 14th World Day of the Sick, to be held in Adelaide, Feb. 9-11.
Dec 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Diocese of Corpus Christi in Texas will open a new Catholic high school on the grounds of the former Corpus Christi Minor Seminary Complex.
Dec 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The bishops of Illinois are calling on Catholics throughout the state to take action in an effort to persuade legislators to protect and preserve marriage.
History of the world and of current-day Church incomprehensible without Vatican II, says Spanish theologianDec 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In comments marking the 40th anniversary of the close of Vatican II, the renowned Spanish theologian Father Olegario Gonzalez de Cardenal said given the “moral weight of Catholicism in the world,” the history of the Church, the world and Spain is incomprehensible without “taking into account what that Council meant and what has come from it.”
Dec 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Two days after Colombia’s Constitutional Court ruled against legalizing abortion in the country because of “a lack of arguments” in the case, a pro-abortion congressman announced that he would resubmit a bill to Congress this week that would allow for abortion under “special circumstances.”
Dec 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Holy See’s Press Office has announced that Pope Benedict XVI’s message for World Day of Peace 2006 will have as its theme, “Peace in the truth,” and will be released on December 13.
Dec 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- German Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller announced on December 8 that Pope Benedict XVI would visit Bavaria and his own diocese of Ratisbona in September of 2006.
Dec 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During a meeting Saturday, with members of consecrated religious communities and institutions around Rome, Pope Benedict said that; absorbed by things of this world, modern man needs their holy example more than ever.
Dec 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Before praying his weekly Angelus in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI chided the increased commercialism surrounding Christmas, and stressed the importance of Nativity scenes in family homes.
Dec 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Saturday, the Pope extended his personal congratulations to Mohamed El Baradei, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and winner of the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize.
Dec 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Following his Angelus prayer in St. Peter‘s Square Sunday, Pope Benedict called for the building of new churches throughout Rome for the many neighborhoods still without one.
Dec 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Following a tragic airliner accident in Nigeria which claimed the lives of 103 people, mostly children, over the weekend, Pope Benedict has sent his personal condolences to the country and to grieving families of the victims.