Sep 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Departing his beloved homeland for Rome today, Pope Benedict XVI told Germans that he had come simply to bring the message of the Gospel and “to confirm believers in their fidelity to Christ” and that he was encouraged by the faith he encountered. The Pope had spent six days traveling to different sites important to his life.
Sep 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On the last day of his Bavarian Tour Pope Benedict XVI was greeted with applause and broad smiles as he addressed a gathering of priests and permanent deacons at the famed Cathedral of St. Mary in Freising, Germany. The Pontiff abandoned his prepared text to speak to the men from the heart of an Apostle, telling them to recognize the limits of their own powers and to rely upon the Lord.
Sep 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The role of the Catholic Church in light of the crises in the Middle East is to serve as a mediator and to seek peace, said Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who is set to start tomorrow as the Vatican’s new secretary of state. He will succeed the retiring Cardinal Angelo Sodano.
Sep 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Philip Tartaglia of Paisley warned the Labour Party it was losing the support of large numbers of Catholic voters in Scotland due to their increased support of homosexual marriage and weakening support of core family values, reported “The Scotsman”.
Sep 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Justin Rigali has invited his local priests to join him Friday to listen to the accounts from victims of clergy sexual abuse.
Sep 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A family physician in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, has launched a petition to overturn the decision of a Catholic-run hospital to no longer offer tubal ligations after a patient was refused the procedure.
Sep 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Until just a few days ago, the Marian Cathedral of Freising, with its baroque ornamentation, was full of scaffolding and covered in dust. Today it shines in all of its splendor once again to welcome Pope Benedict XVI, a much anticipated break for the city and one which will forever mark its history.
Sep 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In response to the decision by the government of Chilean president Michelle Bachelet to distribute the morning after pill, free of charge and without a prescription, to teenagers above the age of 14, the country’s Youth For Life Association has organized a protest to take place this Friday in Santiago.
Sep 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniquez of Guadalajara, Mexico, has called on parents “not to let their guard down” and to demand that the removal of high school biology textbooks that encourage sexual permissiveness among teenagers.
Sep 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Medellin has reported that Father Juan Guillermo Zapata was forced to abandon his parish in the town of Bello in northern Colombia after a group of delinquents robbed him and threatened him with death.
Sep 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Pontifical Academy for Life and the International Federation of Associations of Catholic Doctors (IFACD) will host the International Congress, “Stem Cells: The future of therapy? Scientific Aspects and Bioethical Problems,” September 14-16 in Rome.
Sep 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Several Catholic groups have expressed their displeasure at the decision of The Catholic University of America to bring Bob Casey, Jr. to campus in the midst of an extremely close political race with fellow Catholic, Sen. Rick Santorum. The University says the decision was not politically motivated, but critics are furious that Casey, who has publicly stated several views contrary to moral teachings of the Church, was invited at all.