Jul 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has granted minor basilica status to Holy Hill, National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians in Wisconsin. Archbishop Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of Milwaukee, shared the news during a special mass July 16th, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the Discalced Carmelite Friars, who care for the popular pilgrimage site.
Jul 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Amnesty International’s recent decision to support abortion rights will cost the human rights organization “much of its credibility,” says a pro-abortion supporter.
Jul 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. House of Representatives rejected a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage on Tuesday, but House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., warned that the issue is not over, the Associated Press reported.
Jul 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives split a vote Tuesday on a bill that would have allowed researchers to pursue embryonic stem-cell research without the destruction of human embryos. The U.S. bishops and pro-life advocates had supported the Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act, saying that it would promote more alternatives and make embryonic stem cell research unnecessary.
Jul 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In a press release yesterday, the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ international policy committee said that provocative acts of violence by extreme factions of Hamas and Hezbollah, along with disproportionate military responses from Israel, undermine efforts to create a just two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and endanger the vulnerable democracy in Lebanon.
Jul 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI asked the cloistered religious of the Carmel of Quart, the monastery he visited near his summer retreat in the northern Italy on Sunday, to pray for peace in the Middle East and for the conversion of terrorists.
Jul 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Quick, what’s the fifth country to be visited by Pope Benedict XVI during his Pontificate? The correct answer is now Switzerland. After setting foot outside the Vatican to visit Italy, Germany, Poland, and Spain the Holy Father reportedly made a surprise visit to Switzerland, yesterday.
Jul 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A feminist leader has revealed that the National Council of Christian Churches in Brazil (NCCB) has been an ally for several years of organizations that promote abortion in the country and that together they have managed to silence a prominent pro-life leader.
Jul 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Caritas Lebanon has issued a humanitarian alert in response to the displacement of thousands of people who are fleeing the military conflict between Israel and Hezbollah, saying it fears “an unprecedented catastrophe.”
Jul 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican announced, this morning, that Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano has sent a telegram of condolence, in the name of the Pope, to the ecclesial and civil authorities of Indonesia following the tsunami that hit the island of Java on Monday and left more than 500 people dead and around 300 missing.