Jul 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- United States Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice said the international community must help Lebanon apply United Nations Security Council Resolution 1559, which affirms its call for the strict respect of Lebanon’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, unity, and political independence under the sole and exclusive authority of the Government of Lebanon throughout the country.
Jul 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The papal nuncio to Israel personally attempted to intercede with Hamas on behalf of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, The Jerusalem Post reported yesterday. Archbishop Antonio Franco also called on both Hezbollah and Israel to immediately stop the violence and enter into diplomatic negotiations.
Jul 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Catholic groups were pleased with President George Bush’s veto yesterday of a bill that would have provided federal funds for research in which human embryos are destroyed. The veto was the president’s first in his five-and-a-half year administration.
Jul 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Diocese of Hong last week inaugurated the Hong Kong Catholic Diocesan Heritage Centre, a mini-museum focused on the early local Church and its development, reported UCA News. The local Church was established in 1841.
Jul 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Press Office of the Holy See released, today, a communication from Pope Benedict XVI declaring this Sunday a special day of prayer and penance for peace in the Middle East.
Holy See insists on rights of integrity for Lebanese, Israeli right to peace, and Palestinian right to sovereigntyJul 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In today's statement spurring Catholics to pray for peace in the region, Pope Benedict XVI affirmed the rights of Lebanese, Israelis, and Palestinians in the Holy Land.
Jul 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The spokesmen and communication directors of the different European bishops’ conferences will gather in Ireland July 20-23, to discuss the presence of Islam in Europe, the pastoral challenges in the field of communications, the Catholic perspective on freedom of the press, respect for religions, and ecumenism, among other subjects.
Jul 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In public statements expressing gratitude for the expressions of solidarity with the Lebanese people, the leader of the Maronite Catholics in Argentina, Bishop Charbel Merhi, said Lebanon, “will also overcome this violence and achieve peace because God put it in the region to be a messenger of peace, as John Paul II said.”
Jul 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Leaders of various Catholic and Protestant schools and of pro-family associations announced they will be organizing a march in defense of the right to receive religious instruction, after a national congress on education declared the country’s educational system would be secularized.
Jul 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Christian Family Movement warned Argentineans this week that attacks on the family would slowly destroy their society, “with not only psychological and spiritual consequences, but economic and political ones as well.”