Feb 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- According to the AVAN news agency, more than two million people have visited the official website for the World Meeting of Families, which will take place July 1-9 in Valencia, Spain.
Feb 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Organizers of the World Forum on Ethics, which was held in several different Mexican cities during the month of January, have published the final conclusions of the event in which they emphasize the validity of ethics as the fundamental norm of conduct in public life at the national and global levels.
Feb 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, the spiritual leader of the Anglican Church, is calling for support for a proposal to allow the ordination of women to the episcopate, which would open the door for his successor to be a woman.
Feb 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Argentina is calling for laws that promote responsible education programs on sexuality. During an annual gathering of university rectors, the bishops’ document on “The Challenge of Educating in Love” was presented for discussion, in view of the eventual passage of new law on sex education.
Feb 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Alfred Hughes of New Orleans announced Thursday that his archdiocese is indefinitely closing more than 30 badly damaged churches, permanently closing seven, and consolidating dozens of parishes and elementary schools.
Feb 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A recent inquiry has concluded that England’s most popular Catholic hospital has infringed its own code of ethics by referring women for abortions and prescribing the morning-after pill.
Feb 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The United States bishops have successfully infiltrated U.S. politics and influenced decision-making on all levels, even taking over the Republican Party, claims freelance writer Don Collins in the Feb. 10 issue of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Feb 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- For visitors to the Vatican, Saturday marked both the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and appropriately, the 14th annual World Day of the Sick. Pope Benedict XVI used the opportunity to stress the importance of human dignity when caring for the sick and mentally ill, and even went so far as to dedicate his new Encyclical to health care workers and volunteers in the field.
Feb 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During his weekly Angelus prayer Sunday, given from his balcony above St. Peter‘s Square, Pope Benedict’s thoughts focused on Saturday’s 14th annual World Day of the Sick. He said that physical illness reminds humanity of its need for spiritual healing from Christ, whom he called the ‘true doctor of humanity.’
Feb 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Following his weekly Angelus prayer Sunday in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Benedict XVI offered special prayers for the 20th Winter Olympic Games, currently being played in nearby Turin, Italy, praying that they may contribute to peace among peoples of the world.
Feb 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In a continuing battle against what many of the state’s faithful call an unfair bias against Catholics, the Archdiocese of Denver has uncovered a previously unseen, but sordid list of sexual abuses by many of Colorado’s public school teachers.