Sep 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As the changes at the Vatican’s Secretariat of State kick into high gear today, Pope Benedict XVI moved quickly to fill a vacant slot with a man born and raised in mostly Islamic Morocco. Archbishop Dominique Mamberti will take charge as the Holy See’s Secretary for Relations with States after having served as the Pope’s representative to such troubled zones as Sudan and Somalia.
Sep 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI did not intend to offend Muslims with remarks about holy war during his pilgrimage in Germany this week, the Vatican said. The Pontiff’s remarks, which briefly touched on the irrationality of forcefully compelling peopel to “believe” in a religion have drawn outrage from several voices in the Muslim world.
Sep 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Vatican Museum archaeologists will unveil a necropolis next month, including a section discovered three years ago during the construction of a parking lot in Vatican City.
Sep 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A young Chinese bishop, whose episcopal ordination was approved by the Vatican but not recognized by the government, was taken away by plainclothes officers who broke into the cathedral compound.
Sep 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The short film “A Girl Named Mary” (“Una chica llamada María”) by Spanish Salesian Father Angel J. Fernandez was awarded fourth place in the Sundance Film Festival in Salt Lake City, according to Europa Press.
Sep 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Chile has put a hold on the distribution of the morning after pill to minors aged 14-18 without a prescription and without parental consent after two legal challenges to the government’s decision to distribute the drug.
Sep 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Cardinal Renato Martino, said history has shown that a mentality of simply giving assistance without fostering change (“asistencialismo”) has not solved the problem of poverty in Latin America, and instead “has aggravated it and favors corruption as well.”
Sep 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Czech Bishops’ Conference announced Thursday that Pope Benedict XVI has accepted an invitation by the Archbishop of Prague, Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, to visit the Czech Republic in 2007.
Sep 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- For the first time, more than 100 legal and family scholars have signed a collective document declaring that family law should do a better job protecting marriage for the benefit of society and children and noting that the “family-diversity model” has failed.
Sep 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- David Carlin has been a Democrat nearly his entire life. The former Rhode Island State Senator and Chairman of his local Democratic Party, began voting for Democrats in 1960, when John F. Kennedy was elected the first Catholic President of the United States. Nearly 50 years later, Carlin is still a registered Democrat, but has written a book wondering if his Catholicism can still be reconciled with the party of his youth.