Jul 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Ahead of an international meeting for peace, which is taking place today in Rome, Pope Benedict XVI called for continued prayers for peace in Lebanon and expressed his hope that the process of establishing a lasting peace can now begin.
Jul 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A Washington lawyer has filed a complaint with the IRS against the Missouri Catholic Conference, alleging "illegal political interference" and questioning the conference’s tax-exempt status. However, the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights has defended the Conference's actions and says the complaint is an attack on 1st Amendment rights.
Jul 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Supreme Court of the State of Washington rejected a “friend-of-court” brief against same-sex marriage filed by the Archdiocese of Seattle’s because it came 16 months after the case was argued before the court. The archdiocese says filing the brief was necessary, despite its being rejected.
Jul 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The first official catechism produced by the United States Catholic Bishops since the creation of the Baltimore Catechism, will be available this week.
Jul 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Seven inner-city parochial schools in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will benefit from the commission of a $250-million Mega Millions winning lottery ticket.
Jul 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bolivian President Evo Morales has joined his Minister of Education, Felix Patzi, in slamming the bishops of Bolivia over massive protests which are arising against the government’s proposed educational reform that would remove religious instruction from schools.
Jul 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Germany issued a statement this week deploring the decision by the European Union to provide funding for research on human embryos, calling it a, “great defeat in the struggle for the protection of embryos in Europe.”
Jul 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The bishops of Colombia began their 81st Plenary Assembly this week with a fervent call to prevent the legalization of abortion and the legal recognition of homosexual unions.
Jul 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The House of Representatives of the Dominican Republic has backed away from legalizing abortion in cases of rape in a new National Penal Code, approved on Tuesday. The new Code now goes to the Senate for approval.
Jul 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Fr. Tadeusz Pacholcyzk, director of Education for the National Catholic Bioethics Center, emphatically reiterated, earlier this week, that the Catholic Church is not opposed to stem cell research and, in fact, applauds the efforts of scientists in their work preformed with adult stem cells. Pacholcyzk was speaking to large crowd gathered at a presentation concerning the science and ethics of stem cell research and cloning Sunday, at the John Paul II Center For the New Evangelization in Denver.
Jul 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- This morning, the Supreme Court of the State of Washington issued a decision in Andersen v. King County, a consolidated case regarding Washington’s Defense of Marriage Act.