Aug 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On Tuesday, St. Anthony Cathedral in Beaumont was granted Minor Basilica status by Pope Benedict XVI, an honor shared by a small number of churches across the U.S.
Aug 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On August 11th, David Thomas Dawson will be the first person to be put to death in the state of Montana in almost a decade. This week, Bishop George Leo Thomas of the Diocese of Helena spoke out against the impending execution calling for a dismantling of what he calls an obsolete system.
Aug 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A case against the city of Las Cruces, New Mexico is going forward, in an attempt to force the removal of three crosses from the city’s official logo.
Aug 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Nicaragua announced it will lead a march to the steps of the national assembly on October 6th, in order to protest the inclusion of a clause legalizing “therapeutic abortion” in the country’s constitution.
Aug 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Santo Domingo, Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez, said this week the “shameful” incident in which a man arrested for drug trafficking was found drinking alcoholic beverages with his police guards demonstrates that the power of drug traffickers is present “in all places.”
Aug 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The president of the Chilean Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Alejandro Goic, came to the defense of priests in his country and expressed regret that Chile’s Minister of Education is not aware of the work priests are doing.
Aug 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Will Jimeno, whose story of survival in the 9/11 attacks is retold in the new Oliver Stone movie “World Trade Center,” said this week his Catholic faith and an unexpected vision kept him alive during the long hours in which he was trapped under the rubble of the twin towers.
Aug 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic University of America’s women’s lacrosse team will be walking on thin ice this season following a freshman initiation party involving a male stripper--something university officials are calling “contrary to the values” of the university.
Aug 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops reacted yesterday to an announced agreement between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Barr Pharmaceuticals, maker of the Plan B “morning-after pill.” Diedre McQuade, Director of Planning and Information at the Bishops Conference, said that the bishops strongly oppose plans to allow the drug, which often causes abortions, to be sold without a prescription.