Jul 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Today, the German-based Catholic charity, Aid to the Church in Need, (ACN) described the number of families affected by the ongoing military clashes in Lebanon to be exceeding 100,000, most of them Christian.
Jul 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI, who is on vacation until July 28 in Les Combes in northern Italy, met privately on Tuesday with Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Archbishop of Genoa and soon-to-be Vatican Secretary of State.
Jul 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The process of canonization for Archbishop Fulton Sheen is advancing steadily. Copies of a report on an alleged miracle that took place in 1999 through the intercession of the Archbishop were signed Sunday by Roman Catholic Church officials and will be sent to the Vatican for review, reported The Journal Star.
Jul 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On Monday evening, St. Thomas More parish in the south Denver suburb of Centennial was packed with a standing room only crowd who came bearing their concerns over the nation’s growing immigration problem. Archbishop Charles Chaput was on hand to answer questions and reiterate his call for civility and compassion in the heated national debate.
Jul 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Charles Town, West Virginia, has a new city landmark — St. James Catholic Church — believed to be the largest Catholic church in the state.
Jul 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In a historic step on the road toward Christian unity, the World Methodist Conference adopted the Catholic-Lutheran joint declaration on justification July 23. The declaration had been previously approved by the Vatican and the Lutheran World Federation in 1999.
Jul 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The European Union has decided that its six-year, $65-billion budget for scientific research and development will not directly fund embryonic stem-cell research.
Jul 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City said this week the Church is willing to help mediate the country’s post-election conflict if asked, but he emphasized, “There are many options in Mexico before this,” such as dialogue between all parties.
Jul 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The materials that were used to build the papal altar for the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families in Valencia will be shipped to Peru for use in constructing churches and schools for poor children.
Jul 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In response to the urgent humanitarian crisis brought on by the fighting in the Middle East, Caritas Lebanon has provided food, medicine and water to more than 25,000 people affected by the conflict.