Jun 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragán, President of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care, delivered an address to the United Nations Friday, detailing the Catholic Church’s work against the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Jun 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has sent a letter to US Senators asking them to vote in favor of a proposed Federal Amendment prohibiting same-sex “marriages.”
Jun 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- President Alfredo Palacio Gonzalez of Ecuador has issued a decree establishing March 25 as the Day of the Unborn Child.
Jun 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- According to Aid to the Church in Need, more than 65,000 displaced persons in East Timor have found shelter in various refugee centers, many of them linked with the Catholic Church.
Jun 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In an effort to promote the annual Catholic Charities collection in Argentina which is scheduled for Sunday, June 11, the organization’s president, Bishop Fernando Bargallo of Merlo-Moreno, called on Argentineans to remember that “the social exclusion that many of the poor endure should motivate us to review our attitudes in order that we do not grow accustomed to their situation.”
Jun 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Making remarks during a prayer service in St. Peter’s Square on Satuday evening Luis Fernando Figari, founder of the Christian Life Movement, spoke to Pope Benedict XVI and thousands of members of new movements and ecclesial communities. Speaking during a vigil celebration of the Solemn Feast of Pentecost, Figari’s comments centered on the essential nature of unity, diversity, and fidelity to the Pope in proclaiming Christ to the world.
Jun 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Becket Fund, a interfaith organization for religious freedom, filed an opening brief June 1 in an effort to overturn the September 2005 court decision that struck down daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance because it includes the words "under God."
Jun 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- More than 2,000 young adults, bishops, diocesan coordinators and other parish leaders from across the country will gather for the first National Encuentro for Hispanic Youth and Young Adult Ministry, June 8-11, at the University of Notre Dame.
Jun 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI met with more than 400,000 representatives of new ecclesial movements and communities during a Saturday evening celebration of the Vigil of Pentecost in St. Peter’s Square.
Jun 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- (VIS)This morning, on the Solemnity of Pentecost, Pope Benedict XVI presidedat Mass in St. Peter's Square. The Mass, concelebrated by severalCardinals, was attended by tens of thousands of people, many of whomhad participated in yesterday's meeting between the Pope and ecclesialmovements and new communities.