Aug 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Christians must guard against the dangers of excessive activity and busyness, regardless of their state of life or occupation, in order to protect themselves from developing “hardness of heart,” said Pope Benedict XVI yesterday, borrowing from 12th-century Cistercian monk and Doctor of the Church St. Bernard of Clairvaux.
Aug 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The United States, with its vast abortion industry, will soon rival the Nazis, who were responsible for about 50 million deaths during the Second World War, said Bishop Thomas Doran of Rockford, last week.
Aug 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict exclaimed a prayer for world peace yesterday after viewing a play on the dramatic and passionate life of St. Joan of Arc.
Aug 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- One of the world’s largest summer festivals – which is a meeting of Catholics - is taking place this week in Rimini, a beach town on the Adriatic coast of Italy.
Aug 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A group of more than 40 of the top Hispanic business leaders in the U.S. gathered this weekend for a retreat and conference at the St. Malo Catholic Retreat Center in Allenspark, Colorado. Participants took part in an in-depth dialogue to discuss the economic, cultural, and spiritual contribution of Hispanics in the U.S. The conference also included addresses from Dr. Guzman Carriquiry Lecour, Sub-Secretary of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Laity, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of San Antonio, Texas, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver, and Bishop Thomas Wenski of Orlando, Florida.
Aug 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On Saturday Pope Benedict XVI named Argentinean Jesuit Father Jose Gabriel Funes new director of the Vatican Observatory.
Aug 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Havana, Cardinal Jaime Ortega, presided at a special Mass last week in memory of Gustavo Arcos Bergnes, the recently deceased Cuban dissident leader and cofounder of the Cuban Committee for Human Rights.
Aug 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The National Conference of Bishops of Brazil has launched a campaign to encourage solidarity with the people of Lebanon in the wake of the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah which has devastated the country.
Aug 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Three Mexican fisherman who were believed to be dead but were recently rescued after spending nine months stranded at sea attributed their survival and rescue to God and to their reading of the Bible everyday.
Aug 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Secretary of State of the Holy See, issued a letter to the leader of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Iraq following the abduction of an Iraqi priest. Writing on behalf of Pope Benedict XVI the cardinal told Archbishop Emmanuel III Delly, Archbishop of Baghdad and Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, that Holy Father assured all Iraqis of “his spiritual closeness and prayerful solidarity.”