May 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Bolivian bishops began their annual assembly last weekend with an urgent call to the new government of Evo Morales to avoid reviving “the same ways of acting that in the past produced death and suffering.”
May 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Uruguay has released a statement drafted at their last general assembly in which they call for efforts to avoid a commercial conflict with Argentina. The statement also announced a meeting between a group of bishops from Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil during the month of May.
May 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During his television program, “Keys to a Better World,” Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata, Argentina, said this week that the controversial “gospel of Judas” is part of an “ideological attack” against the Catholic faith and the Church.
May 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In response to the current energy crisis produced by climbing oil prices, Cardinal Rodolfo Quezada Toruno of Guatemala said this week that politicians should lead the way in living a simpler life.
May 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. bishops have called on elected officials to strengthen their efforts to bring an end to the ongoing moral and humanitarian crisis in Darfur.
May 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- For the eighth time in 43 years, Sen. Robert Byrd (D—W.Va.) has proposed that the U.S. Congress adopt a constitutional amendment allowing voluntary prayer in public schools. Byrd introduced the amendment in the U.S. Senate April 27.
May 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Several books and resources have been developed by Catholics to set the record straight about the false claims made about their faith in Dan Brown’s bestselling fiction novel, The Da Vinci Code, the film version of which will be released in theatres May 19.
May 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor and other senior clerics joined trade union leaders at a rally yesterday, on the fest of St. Joseph the Worker, in calling for a living wage for workers in the United Kingdom, reported 24dash.com.
May 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has expressed his personal condolences at the death of Cardinal Raul Francisco Primatesta, Archbishop emeritus of Cordoba, Argentina, a man who has been called a “living testimony to the social doctrine of the Church.”
May 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today, the Holy See’s Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences concluded its 12th Plenary Session, discussing “Vanishing Youth? Solidarity with Children and Young People in an age of Turbulence,” concluding that no society can afford the loss of its young people, through neglect, abuse or abortion.
May 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- China’s newly elevated Cardinal Joseph Zen has called for the Vatican to cut talks with his country’s government in light of the state’s decision to elevate Father Ma Yinglin to bishop on Sunday--something it did without the Holy See’s approval.