Pope chose unpretentious and thoughtful Bertone as Secretary of State within first months of PontificateAug 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- An article published in the Italian journal “Il Riformista” today provides a unique glimpse into the man Pope Benedict XVI chose to head what is arguably the most important dicastery of the Vatican. A surprising choice many Vatican insiders say, decided almost a year before it was announced.
Aug 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Catholics in Australia are hoping that a second miracle can be proven to canonize the country’s first saint in time for World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney.
Aug 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Catholic Relief Services (CRS) announced plans for a $10-million emergency response and long-term reconstruction program for Gaza, northern Israel and Lebanon as a result of the one-month war between Israel and Hezbollah.
Aug 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- President George Bush should name a new commissioner to head the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to replace Dr. Andrew C. von Eschenbach, MD, the current acting commissioner, says an international pro-life leader.
Aug 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, would be more effective in the fight against AIDS by speaking about their long and successful marriage rather than by promoting condom use, said a leading Ugandan AIDS activist.
Aug 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A Museum of The Protection of Life, the first of its kind in Europe, has been blessed in the Austrian city of Schrems. The museum features displays on the miracle of life as well as on the deep physical, spiritual, and emotional wounds left by the process of undergoing an abortion.
Aug 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Pastor Cuquejo of Asuncion called on Paraguayans this week to be lights of hope in order to help move the country forward and said, “Paraguay suffers because it needs to hear the word of God and put it in practice.”
Aug 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Archbishop Luis Augusto Castro, praised this week the “extremely good will” of the government and the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC) in their negotiations over a humanitarian accord that would open the door to the prompt release of several hostages being held by the Marxist group.