Protection of rights, human development, and religious freedom are pillars of peace, Vatican tells U.N.Sep 28, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A high ranking Vatican official, who worked for years in the foreign ministry of the Holy See, encouraged the U.N. yesterday to work for peace by promoting human development and the fundamental human rights, such as religious freedom. In a speech to the General Assembly, former Vatican Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, criticized the “ideology of power,” epitomized by terrorist organizations, which often leads to denial of rights and tremendous human suffering.
Sep 28, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A 37-year-old transient received a six-month jail sentence this week, followed by six months probation, after stealing a nun’s purse that contained a pix holding the Blessed Sacrament.
Sep 28, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A new Catholic monthly will begin publishing in the Archdiocese of Chicago next month — in Polish. Barbara Otto, the four-year Chicago correspondent for Niedziela, a Catholic magazine published in Poland and sold in the U.S., will serve as news editor of the new publication, called “Katolik.” It will be the nation's only Polish-language diocesan newspaper.
Sep 28, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Confederation of Inner City Education Workers of Bolivia presented to the government this week a proposed law that would eliminate religious instruction, private education, as well as covenant schools, which are public schools administered by the Church.
Sep 28, 2006 - 12:00 am .- “Let the pilgrims return. The Holy Land awaits them.” That’s the call made by Father Pierre Grech, secretary general of the Latin Bishops’ Conference of the Arab Regions, now that the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah has ended.
Sep 28, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The executive committee of the Bishops’ Conference of Chile warned this week that the drama of drugs is “a great challenge that must be unhesitatingly met.” The bishops called for compassionate solutions that reach out those most vulnerable, such as young adults and children.
Sep 28, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A group of young people from Valencia are traveling to Calcutta, India, to participate in an international gathering on world peace and inter-religious dialogue organized by the ecumenical Community of Taize.
Sep 28, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A Yuma family is welcoming a new baby girl this week after a two month journey that included a battle with cancer and the death of the child’s mother. Veronica Destiny Celis was born September 24th after her mother chose to forgo chemotherapy and offer her own life for that of the child.