Jul 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Despite limitations imposed on religious practice by Fidel Castro’s government, the Catholic Church in Cuba continues to welcome newly baptized members and to see a steady increase of vocations, as they have each year for the last 20 years.
Jul 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A Catholic conference for African Americans promises to equip and empower participants, especially youth and youth ministers, with what is needed to be, “sons and daughters of light.”
Jul 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Priests must be more fully who they are, said Bishop Jan Babjak, the Byzantine Catholic bishop of Presov, East Slovakia.
Jul 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The St. Benedict Center, a Benedictine ecumenical community in Madison for the past 40 years, has chosen to end its ties to the Roman Catholic Church in order to live out more comfortably its ecumenical character.
Jul 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Mexico announced its complete confidence Monday in the country’s electoral institutions and expressed its hope that they “maintain their credibility” by resisting pressure and blackmail from different political factions amidst the too-close-to call presidential elections of July 1st.
Jul 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A Franciscan priest was killed this week in Colombia in the northern region of Magdalena. Initial investigations indicate the 46 year-old priest was assaulted.
Jul 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI’s personal secretary, Father Georg Gänswein, said this week with Germany and Italy playing each other in the World Cup semi-finals today, the Holy Father would be rooting for both teams.
Jul 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Joaquin Piña of Puerto Iguazu, Argentina, said this week the World Meeting of Families in Valencia will shed light on the true state of the family not only in Spain or Argentina, but also in different parts of the world.
Jul 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Benedict XVI has sent a telegram of condolence to Archbishop Agustin Garcia-Gasco of Valencia, Spain, for the death of more than 40 people in an accident on the city's underground railway system at midday yesterday.
Jul 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican Information Service has released a brief schedule for the Holy Father’s vacation and summer residency.