May 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Pope Pius XII's Encyclical "Haurietis aquas" on devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Benedict XVI addressed a letter to Fr. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach S.J., superior general of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits),
May 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday, the Apostolic Nuncio in Syria Giovanni Battista Morandini, met with the Minister of Religious Affairs Ziad al-Din al-Ayoubi on ways of developing joint cooperation between Syria and the Vatican.
May 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Catholics in a secular society must bear witness to Jesus by their right relationship to wealth, by respecting life from conception to natural death, by maintaining the dignity of the family, and by urging parents to be their children’s first educators of the faith.
May 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Newark will have the largest ordination in the country this year, with 17 ordinands.
May 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano said he believes the Church can give a soul to Europe.
May 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston has issued “a stern reprimand and warning” to Dr. Robert Haddad, president and CEO of Caritas Christi, after receiving reports that Haddad had engaged in inappropriate conduct, consisting of kissing or hugging of employees.
May 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Norberto Rivera of Mexico City has criticized plans by the United States to put National Guard troops on its border and said if a barrier were put up, “It would be difficult to consider that as comprehensive immigration reform.”
May 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In a message marking the World Communications Day—which will be celebrated on Sunday, May 28--the Committee on Communications Media of the Bishops’ Conference of Spain issued a statement calling on journalists to reflect upon the principles and foundations of their profession and to be courageous in communicating the truth.
May 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The new Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Fernando Feloni, said this week the Catholic Church in that country would stay engaged in the issues that are affecting the country, such as the death penalty and birth control.
May 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The singer Madonna kicked off her “Confessions” tour in Los Angeles yesterday. Between political statements and oral sex jokes, Madonna found the time to don a crown of thorns, hang from a mirrored cross and croon her ballad “Live to Tell” in front of a screen flashing images from the Third World.