Apr 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Louisiana Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would prohibit abortion except to save the life of the mother. The measure, which passed on a 30-7 vote, is similar to one enacted earlier this year in South Dakota. The legislation now goes to the Louisiana House of Representatives for consideration.
Apr 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Minnesota’s University of St. Thomas has announced a controversial decision which bars unmarried staff or faculty, who travel officially with students, to share a room on those trips.
Apr 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Seoul sent its first-ever official Catholic delegation to North Korea Wednesday; this is the first time its members have been allowed to cross the border into the communist north. The group left for its three-day trip on April 26.
Apr 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A new Catholic group in the Philippines is helping to bring erstwhile Catholics back to their faith. Founder Henry Siy and his mostly lay companions, known as Defensores Fides, (Defenders of the Faith) have been working mostly on a one-on-one basis, to invite Catholics back.
Apr 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Pontifical Academy for the Social Sciences has announced it will host a gathering of experts April 28 to May 2 to discuss the theme: “The disappearance of youth? Solidarity with children and young people in turbulent times.”
Apr 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The leader of the internationsl Christian Life Movement, Oswald Paya Sardiñas, has issued a statement revealing that Cuban government agents severely assaulted Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello, one of Cuba’s most prominent dissident leaders.
Apr 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela has rejected statements by the country’s Attorney General, Isaias Rodriguez, who said on Tuesday that the murder of Father Jorge Pinango was a crime of passion and not a result of the general lack of security which currently plagues the country.
Apr 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In an article entitled, the “Day After Carlo Maria Martini”, set for publication in English on Friday, Italian journalist Sandro Magister of “L’Espresso” analyzes the reactions to the controversial statements by Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini regarding the morality of condom use.
Apr 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As the world watches the Catholic Church in its process for the beatification of John Paul II, the Vatican has released a message from Pope Benedict to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, which just finished its plenary assembly. In it, the Pope clarifies the Church’s stance and means for assessing sainthood.
Apr 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Last week, on the anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI election to the papacy, a significant agreement was reached in the strained relationship between the government of Bosnia-Herzegovina the Holy See.
Apr 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Meeting with members of the Pontifical Biblical Commission earlier today, Pope Benedict XVI expounded on the nature of humanity which, he said, finds its true freedom and happiness within the perfected humanity of Jesus Christ.