Jul 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- After praying the Angelus with the faithful gathered in front of the house at Les Combes in Italy's Valle d'Aosta region which he is spending a brief holiday, Pope Benedict XVI called on people to pray for peace in the Holy Land and, in a special way, to pray for the intercession of Mary.
Jul 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Speaking from the same Italian Alpine chalet where Pope John Paul II often stayed, Pope Benedict XVI recalled on Sunday the Church’s devotion to the Blessed Virgin of Mount Carmel and the devotion’s roots in the life of the prophet Elijah.
Jul 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bolivia’s Minister of Education, Felix Patzi, has pledged to the country’s bishops that he will uphold religious instruction in public schools after delegates from the Bishops’ Conference of Bolivia walked out of a National Educational Congress, saying it had become political and exclusive.
Jul 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A U.S. tour of the relics of six Knights of Columbus, canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2000, will conclude next month in Florida.
Jul 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic bishops of Europe have initiated a research plan for investigating the teaching of the Catholic religion in private and public schools of Europe.
Jul 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic Church in Cameroon continues to flourish, especially in the west African country’s southwest province where signs of faith and life continue to sprout.
Jul 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The leader of the Maronite Catholic Church has condemned attacks by Hezbollah and Israel, which have killed hundreds of innocent civilians and has asked the United States to help Lebanon work for peace and justice in the region through dialogue.
Jul 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Reflecting upon the recent World Meeting of Families (WMF), which Pope Benedict XVI attended in Spain, Archbishop Agustin Garcia-Gasco of Valencia exhorted the faithful to, “move from joy to gratitude, from trust to action.”
Jul 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The former Apostolic Nuncio to Israel, Cardinal Andrea Lanza di Montezemolo, has called on “the international community and in particular the United Nations to support dialogue as the only means of overcoming the current difficult and painful situation,” in the Middle East.
Jul 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In an interview with the Spanish weekly, “Alba,” the director of Aid to the Church in Need in Italy, Attilio Tamburrini, said a devious persecution against Catholics exists in Western countries and has resulted in the Vatican being accused, more than Cuba or China, for supposed human rights violations.