Aug 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict returned to the Vatican briefly today, from his summer residence at Castelgandolfo, in order to conduct his weekly general audience. During the course of his address to those gathered in the Paul VI auditorium, the Pope discussed the great works of John the Evangelist, works which, he said, invite us to love but also unsettle us.
Aug 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Angelo Amato, Secretary of the Catholic Church’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said in an interview last weekend that there exist serious obstacles to the transmission of the Faith, both inside and outside of the Church.
Aug 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan attempted to reach out to and reason with a Wisconsin woman who recently took part in an invalid attempt at ordination to the Roman Catholic priesthood.
Aug 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- At the conclusion of his weekly general audience, today, Pope Benedict prayed again for an end to the conflicts in the Middle East and recalled the words of previous Popes on the issue of peace.
Aug 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As the world awaits news on the condition of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, Archbishop Giulio Einaudi, who was Apostolic Nuncio in Cuba from 1980-88, said this week, a transition could take place on the island nation without recourse to violence.
Aug 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The members of Catholic group, Missionary Children, took part Monday in the Great Walk of Love in protest of the abuse suffered by children throughout the world.
Aug 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The organization Pro-Life Argentina has denounced calls by two pro-abortion lawmakers to sanction a lower court judge who ruled against allowing a mentally handicapped woman who conceived through rape to undergo an abortion.
Aug 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Camarlengo of the Supreme Pontiff, Cardinal Eduardo Martinez Somalo, said this week Pope Benedict XVI continues to urge a ceasefire based on mercy, in order to bring about definitive solutions that will lead to reconciliation.
Aug 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pilgrims visiting a newly erected statue of Pope John Paul II, in his hometown of Wadowice, have been taking a bit of the monument with them. Several have begun to touch the water which flows from a fountain at the base of the statue and take it away in bottles, the Associated Press has reported.