May 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The school of faith is not a triumphal march Pope Benedict declared today in his general audience today, as he continued his catechesis dedicated to the personality of the Apostles, focusing again on the figure of Peter.
May 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Tomorrow, Thursday, Benedict XVI will leave the Vatican on an apostolic trip to Poland, the second of his pontificate following last August's visit to Germany. In Poland, from May 25 to 28, he will visit Warsaw, Czestochowa, Krakow, Wadowice, Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, and Auschwitz.
May 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- At the end of today's general audience, held in St. Peter's Square, the Pope mentioned his forthcoming apostolic trip to Poland, "homeland of the beloved John Paul II." There, he said, "I will visit the places of his life and of his priestly and episcopal ministry."
May 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Joined by other church bodies, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a lower court ruling which struck down the federal ban on partial-birth abortion.
May 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Barry Hickey of Perth has welcomed a call by Pope Benedict XVI for the Australian government to "seek forgiveness" from the Aboriginal people as a path to reconciliation.
May 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Italy's recently elected Prime Minister Romano Prodi issued a public reprimand Tuesday to three of his ministers who publicized their positions on the Vatican-sensitive issues of abortion and same-sex unions, reported Reuters.
May 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- New Jersey's 15 Catholic hospitals have agreed to encourage umbilical cord and placenta blood donation to the state's two public cord blood banks for stem-cell research, reported The Associated Press.
May 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Agustin Garcia-Gasco of Valencia, Spain, gave the green light to a local construction company this week to begin building the first parish dedicated to the martyrs of Valencia, who died during the civil war religious persecution of 1936. Pope John Paul II beatified the 233 martyrs in 2001.
May 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires has called on members of Catholic Action to have a “greater presence on the streets in order to serve the diocesan Church” and effectively communicate the Gospel.
May 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Colombia has informed President Alvaro Uribe of its rejection of a decision by the country’s Constitutional Court to legalize abortion in some circumstances.
May 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- An anti-conversion law recently passed by the parliament of the Indian state of Rajasthan that would prohibit any Hindu from joining another religion was rejected by the governor of the state, Pratibha Patil, thus increasing hopes at least temporarily for the survival the small Catholic community there.
May 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Most Reverend Michael J. Sheridan, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs will facilitate a series of town-hall meetings on immigration. Four parishes throughout the Diocese of Colorado Springs will host the presentations.