Jul 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic Church is investigating reports of a miracle at a Scottish hospital. Catholics are claiming that the intercession of a deceased nun helped a premature baby to live after doctors gave up hope for the infant’s survival, according to The Scotsman.
Jul 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Australian government has earmarked $116 million to combat pornography in the country. Communications Minister Helen Coonan announced that every Australian family would be offered free Internet filtering software to block X-rated sites and offensive words. She expects that 2.5 million families will take advantage of the offer. Public library terminals will also be blocked.
Jul 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On behalf of Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano has sent a telegram to officials of the Church and state in India offering condolences and prayers for those effected by the recent terrorist attacks on eight trains in the city of Mumbai and condemning the acts, which caused the death of at least 200 people.
Jul 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal William Levada has recommended that families turn to the Catechism of the Catholic Church as a "unique help" in discovering the beauty of the faith and to vocation of families.
Jul 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- According to Bishop Luigi Padovese, Apostolic Vicar of the Diocese of Anatolia, Turkey, the stabbing of a Catholic priest has exposed a media-led campaign to undermine the success of the Pope’s trip to the country.
Jul 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In a statement released at the conclusion of their general assembly, the Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines expressed its opposition to calls to impeach President Gloria Arroyo for alleged voter fraud during the 2004 elections.
Jul 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Domingo Castagna of Corrientes exhorted the faithful this week to intensify their evangelistic action in response to laws that are contrary to the faith, telling them that, “a parliamentary decision cannot transform error into truth,” and that, “what is legal is not always morally permissible.”
Jul 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Santa Cruz, Cardinal Julio Terrazas Sandova, called on Bolivians this week to defend the right to practice their faith and he reminded President Evo Morales of the difference between a lay State and a secular State that is hostile to religions.
Jul 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The AVAN news agency published a message from Pope Benedict XVI to Archbishop Agustin Garcia-Gasco of Valencia in which he expressed his thanks for the reception and hospitality extended to him by the archdiocese during his recent visit to Spain.
Jul 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Sergio Sebastiani, president of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, has announced that while several segments within the Vatican lost money in 2005, the Holy See consolidated financial statements for last year closed with a surplus of 9.7 million euro. This, he said, "represents the most significant value of the last eight years."
Jul 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday, the Society of Saint Pius X re-elected Bishop Bernard Fellay as their superior, at their headquarters in Econe, Switzerland.
Jul 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, the erratic, retired Zambian archbishop who joined the Rev. Moon cult in 2001 appeared in Washington, D.C. today and has revealed that he is reestablishing contact with the Korean acupuncturist who he illicitly wedded in a ceremony of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon sect.