Aug 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- At the conclusion of his weekly General Audience today in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Benedict XVI offered his prayers for those in the Middle East and renewed his call for an immediate ceasefire in region.
Aug 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and its international development arm, Development and Peace, sent a five-member delegation to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to observe the central African country’s first presidential democratic elections in 46 years.
Aug 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- One week after the European Union voted to approve funding for embryonic stem-cell research through 2013, two leading British scientists say that any potential cures from embryonic stem cell research are many years away, if ever they occur, reported LifeNews. They say media and lawmakers, who want funding for the controversial research, have managed to distort public opinion.
Aug 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C., has a new interim director. Fr. Steven Boguslawski, a Dominican priest, began in his new post Aug. 1st. The 50-year-old cleric had served as rector of Detroit’s Sacred Heart Major Seminary since 2003.
Aug 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A pro-life spokeswoman for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops reacted strongly against the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to move toward approving abortion drug Plan B for over-the-counter use
Aug 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI used much of his General Audience today to greet the thousands of altar servers who are visiting Rome as part of the international pilgrimage of altar servers, sponsored by Coetus Internationalis Ministrantium. He told the many servers gathered that they should be open to the call of the Lord and be prepared if he is calling them to serve as priests.
Aug 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- An expected one million Costa Ricans will visit the Basilica of the Angels in Cartago this week to honor the traditional August 2nd feast of Our Lady of the Angels, the patroness of Costa Rica.
Aug 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, has called on the faithful to participate in the days of prayer for peace and reconciliation in the country, which the Mexican bishops have designated take place in every parish until August 6.
Aug 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Amidst the continuing conflict between Hezbollah and Israel, the Salesian houses in Lebanon at Al Fidar and El Houssoun are providing hope and support to the refugees.
Aug 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Supreme Court of the province of Buenos Aires in Argentina issued a 6-3 ruling this week allowing a 19 year-old handicapped woman who was raped by a family member and became pregnant to undergo an abortion.