Aug 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A gold ring that belonged to the late Pope John Paul II has been stolen from a religious museum in the Chilean city of Coquimbo, located 450 kilometers north of Santiago.
Aug 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A candidate for the presidency in Nicaragua has sparked a heated public debate after his public comments in support of therapeutic abortion. Edmundo Jarquin of the Sandinista Renewal Party told reporters, this week, that he backs a proposed Penal Code reform that would allow abortion.
Aug 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The director of the Human Genome Project, Francis Collins, says he believes in miracles and rejects the use of science for refuting the existence of God.
Aug 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Reacting to news that a mentally disabled woman who allegedly conceived through rape was finally administered an abortion, Archbishop Jose Maria Arancibia of Mendoza said, “The Church appeals to consciences and speaks with honesty; she trusts above all in the truth spoken with love.”
Aug 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s decision to allow prescription-less access to the “Morning-after Pill” is drawing praise from abortion rights advocates, some are saying that young men who hope for sex, free of “consequences,” should rejoice as well.
Aug 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Father José G. Funes, S.J., incoming director of the Vatican Observatory, has told friends that rumors he was appointed as part of the Vatican’s response to an evolution debate are “absolutely false.”
Aug 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law yesterday, Senate Bill 1441, a bill that would potentially remove state assistance from organizations which stand-by religious beliefs deemed discriminatory towards homosexuals, bisexuals, transsexuals, and the like. The bill is being assailed by groups who say that the bill violates their first amendment rights by penalizing them for holding certain religious beliefs.
Aug 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Father Andrzej Madej, OMI, head of the mission ‘sui-iuris’ in Turkmenistan, spoke to Aid to the Church in Need recently of the tiny group of faithful Catholics who he serves in Turkmenistan and how their strength is sustained by the Eucharist.
Aug 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Amid commemorations and ceremonies surrounding the first anniversary of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in the American south, New Orleans Archbishop Alfred Hughes took a moment to reflect on the challenges and memories resulting from the storm and to discuss the good which can come from the tremendous suffering experienced by his people.
Aug 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Two weeks before starting his duties as the new Vatican secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone declared that a reform at the Roman Curia is very likely to happen, in order to make it “smaller and more agile.”
Aug 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI appointed Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco to be the new Archbishop of Genoa (Italy) today, replacing Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone and thus ending speculation on new changes in the Curia.