Jan 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In an address yesterday to the United Nations, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, permanent U.N. observer for the Holy See, called on the world body to more thoroughly analyze the reasons behind demand for small arms, so as to eradicate their illicit trade.
Jan 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As senate confirmation hearings for would-be Supreme Court Justice Judge Samuel Alito enter their second day, senators--particularly those on the left--have made it clear that abortion will be one of the judge’s most aggressively pressed issues.
Jan 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A Catholic advocacy group, called Fidelis, launched an Internet-based animated advertising campaign Jan. 9 to coincide with the confirmation hearings of Judge Samuel Alito.
Jan 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Speaking last month on the occasion of the first priestly ordination in his diocese since becoming its head in 2004, Helena Bishop George Thomas called the Catholic priesthood a marked sign of contrast to the values of secular culture.
Jan 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix is now the third U.S. bishop to require a full course of natural family planning for couples who want to marry in a Catholic church. The other dioceses are Denver and Fargo. Most other dioceses only require an introduction to the method.
Jan 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera, criticized what he termed the “xenophobic attitude” of the United States as news that construction of a 559-mile fence along the US-Mexican border to keep illegal immigrants out is moving ahead.
Jan 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The late Pope John Paul II’s personal secretary, Archbishop Stansilaw Dziwisz of Krakow, said this week he accepts the decision by the Turkish courts to release from prison Ali Agca, the man who attempted to assassinate John Paul in 1981.
Jan 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The President of the Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela, Archbishop Baltazar Porras Cardozo, said this week the country ought to be governed by a pluralist government that is aware of its role in society.
Jan 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Although several Anglican communities have expressed their rejection of the proposal, a number of Anglican bishops have said they plan to go ahead with a proposal at the next General Synod to allow women to be ordained bishops.