Aug 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Francis George was clearly in good spirits yesterday after being discharged from Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, three weeks after major surgery.
Aug 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Reacting to the Mexican government’s proposed reform of sexual education material, the president of the Bishops’ Committee on Family Ministry, Bishop Rodrigo Aguilar Martinez, said the Church would never be opposed to sexual education as long as it is comprehensive and respects the dignity of each person.
Aug 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A recent poll has revealed that support for abortion in Brazil is waning and that Brazilians do not support efforts to widen its legal scope.
Aug 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Auxiliary Bishop Luis Saenz of Cochabamba recalled this week that the education of young people “must have freedom” and that parents are the best ones to decide what kind of formation their children will receive.
Aug 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Nicaragua has called on the country’s Electoral Council to ensure transparency in the upcoming presidential elections set for November 5th, and it is asking Nicaraguans to get out and vote. Not voting, the bishops said, means simply “conforming to those, others elect.”
Aug 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic Communications Office, an agency of the Irish Bishops Conference, has stated that it will be proactive in monitoring statements made about the Church in the future and will file complaints with the Broadcasting Complaints Commission if inaccurate comments are made, reported The Universe.
Aug 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Australian Prime Minister John Howard seems to have had a change of heart with his recent decision to hold a conscience vote on the cloning of fetal stem cells. But the announcement has raised sharp criticism from some Catholic parliamentarians, reported Australian news source CathNews.
Aug 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has named Msgr. James Patrick Green apostolic nuncio of South Africa and Namibia and apostolic delegate of Botswana. With the appointment, Msgr. Green, a native of Philadelphia, will be made archbishop.
Aug 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Pope Benedict XVI’s newly announced choice as the Secretary of State of the Holy See will be the subject of an in-depth article to be published by Northern Italian journal, “Il Riformista,” tomorrow.
Aug 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Religious rights advocates and veterans’ groups are announcing their support for U.S. President George W. Bush’s decision to sign a bill passed by Congress, which is intended to save a 29-foot cross in San Diego. The cross, which is part of the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial will be transferred from city to federal ownership, thus halting two lawsuits which sought to remove the structure.