Feb 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Supreme Court of Guatemala has placed a new law on family planning under provisional suspension, at the request of the country’s president, Oscar Berger. The law caused widespread controversy in Guatemala, as it would have opened the door to legalized abortion.
Feb 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Luis Augusto Castro, president of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, called on the members of the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC) to abandon violence and to opt instead for a negotiated settlement to the country’s civil conflict.
Feb 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Auxiliary Bishop Romulo Emiliani of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, said this week he is hopeful dialogue between the government and leaders of violent gangs would lead to peace in the country
Feb 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Thomas More Law Center in Madrid has filed a lawsuit against Italian artist Leo Bassi and the owners of the Alfil Theater in Madrid, where the anti-Catholic play “Revelation” is currently being featured until March 12.
Feb 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- With the release of the upcoming film based on Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” May 19, Opus Dei is creating opportunities for curiosity seekers to learn more about the prelature, its founder and the Church.
Feb 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The new Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, a 200-page synthesis of the 1992 catechism, will be available starting March 31 from the publishing office of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Feb 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Aid to the Church in Need is calling on Catholics in the United States to hold a collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe on Ash Wednesday, March 1.
Feb 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Legislators in the Delaware House of Representatives yesterday failed to pass Senate Bill 80 that would authorize embryonic stem-cell research. Instead, they passed a severely reduced version of the bill, which removed all reference to human embryonic stem-cell research and the destruction of frozen in-vitro fertilization embryos.
Feb 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During his general audience today, Pope Benedict XVI spoke of God’s special care for those who are poor and defenseless, encouraging faithful to approach the Father “as hungry beggars”, trusting in his promise of intimacy and protection.
Pope praises priest assassinated in Turkey, prays that his sacrifice will contribute to peace, inter-religious dialogueFeb 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Following his general audience earlier today at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI fondly recalled Fr. Andrea Santoro, the Roman missionary priest who was gunned down in Turkey over the weekend. He also surprised the crowd with a posthumous letter sent to him from the priest.
Feb 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican announced today, that after 75 years, an historic door on the north wall of the Vatican will for the first time, be opened for the use of pilgrims and visitors.