May 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Catholic hospitals are in the thick of the rescue-and-recovery efforts in Indonesia after a magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit Yogyakarta, killing nearly 6,000 people and leaving more than 100,000 homeless.
May 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez said drug trafficking in the Dominican Republic could be stemmed if it weren’t for people in powerful positions who participate in it. It is necessary to be attentive and to see who is involved in this illicit trade, he said.
May 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- More than 600 young people attended a three-day youth summit in Quebec City in preparation for the 49th International Eucharistic Congress in 2008. The turnout was almost double the number that organizers had expected.
May 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The president of Human Life International, the world’s largest pro-life organization, has agreed to be the spiritual director of Children of God for Life, which fights for ethical alternatives to aborted fetal vaccines.
May 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In an interview for a new book on Europe since the end of the Cold War, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco of Madrid has stated that “religion is the greatest unifying factor in Europe, and the Catholic Church is the greatest unifying phenomenon in the European Union.”
May 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Alberto Giraldo Jaramillo of Medellin expressed his hope this week the president of Colombia, Alvaro Uribe, who has won reelection, will continue to promote dialogue with the rebels in the country and end Colombia’s decades-long civil conflict.
May 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The secretary of the Bishops’ Conference of Brazil, Bishop Odilo Pedro Scherer, said this week the evangelization of young people “is one of the most important aspects of the Church’s missionary activity, since it involves handing on to the new generations the legacy of faith.”
May 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- VATICAN CITY, MAY 31, 2006 (VIS) – In advance of their June 3rd meeting in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Benedict XVI sent a letter to participants in the 2nd World Meeting of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities which is taking place in Rocca di Papa, south of Rome, starting today on the theme: "the beauty of being a Christian and the joy of communicating this."
May 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Benedict XVI dedicated this morning's general audience to a special catechesis on his recently-concluded journey to Poland, "revisiting," together with the 35,000 faithful in St. Peter's Square, the various stages of his apostolic trip.