Sep 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Theblack, red and gold flags colors that were proudly displayed in homesand on cars throughout Germany during the World Cup have been replacedin the city of Ratisbona now by white and yellow, the colors of thepapal flag, in anticipation of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Bavaria.
Sep 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Excitement over the visit of Pope Benedict XVI in the small German town of Thyrnau, on the outskirts of Passau, has reached fever pitch. The nuns at the Monastery of St. Joseph have done little for the last several weeks but cut, sew, and embroider the vestments which the Holy Father will use during the celebration of the Mass at the Shrine of Alttöting on September 11.
Sep 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The National Catholic Schools Parents’ Union in Chile has expressed its strong rejection of “the abusive and unilateral decision” by the Chilean government to distribute the morning-after pill, free of charge, to 14 year-old girls without a prescription or parental consent, saying it is an attack on parents’ right to educate their children according to their values and that those who distribute the pill, “risk being judged for grave violations of human rights.”
Sep 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In a statement released on Thursday, the Bishops’ Conference of Mexico gave official recognition to the final ruling of the Federal Electoral Tribunal declaring the ruling party candidate Felipe Calderon the winner of the July 2nd elections.
Sep 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As the new school year gets underway in Spain, under the shadow of the educational reforms enacted by the country’s Socialist government, the Catholic Confederation of Parents warned of the beginning of a “great educational catastrophe” and reiterated the “exclusive and preferential” right of parents over the moral formation of their children.
Sep 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- After being confiscated by the Communist government almost 50 years ago, the Cathedral of St. Vitus in Prague has finally been returned to the Catholic Church, thanks to a ruling by the Czech Republic’s Supreme Court.
Sep 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Today, members of the Ontario Conference of Catholic Bishops heard from Pope Benedict XVI who spoke to them, in no uncertain terms, about the duty they have to face moral problems in their dioceses. The Pope welcomed the prelates on the closing day of their “Ad Limina” visit, warning them of the dramatic split between the Gospel and culture, especially in the political realm and specifically on the issues of homosexual “marriage” and abortion.
Sep 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington has been named the first William Cardinal Baum University Professor of Theology at The Catholic University of America. As is customary, the newly appointed archbishop had already been named chancellor of the university.
Sep 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Polio survivors consider Cardinal Francis George a hero, according to a recent report in the Chicago Tribune.
Sep 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Lawyers for Catholic Charities of Albany urged the state Court of Appeals Wednesday to either expand an exemption for state-mandated contraceptive coverage to include all faith-based organizations or to declare the exemption unconstitutional.
Sep 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In a strongly worded statement, Lebanon's Maronite Catholic Bishops criticized Hezbollah and said the interest of political parties in the country to fulfill sectarian ambitions rather than to serve national interests is “a chronic disease that has to be extracted.”