Oct 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI met today with members of the New York based Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The Holy Father told the Jewish group that the challenge of interreligious dialogue is to build relationships which go beyond tolerance to authentic respect.
Oct 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A group of unidentified New York priests issued a letter yesterday, urging the archdiocesan clergy to cast a vote of ”no confidence” against their archbishop, Cardinal Edward Egan.
Oct 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Bishop William Franklin today, two days after his Diocese of Davenport, Iowa filled for bankruptcy. The Pope also named his successor in Bishop Martin Amos, currently an Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Cleveland.
Oct 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop William Skylstad, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), sent a letter to President George W. Bush yesterday urging him to veto H.R. 6061, the Secure Fence Act of 2006 that would authorize construction of up to 700 miles of fencing and barriers along the U.S-Mexico.
Oct 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archdioceses across the U.S. are assisting families and seeking to alleviate their hardship by providing low-income housing. Two archbishops will bless recently completed low-income housing projects this week.
Oct 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, has offered his thanks to Pope Benedict XVI this morning, after the Holy Father granted his request for two new auxiliary bishops. Pope Benedict announced today the appointment of Bishops-elect John Dooher and Robert Hennessey, both priests of the Archdiocese of Boston.
Oct 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During her remarks at the World Congress of Catholic Television, the President of the Community of Madrid, Esperanza Aguirre, told participants, “The Church and the Gospel…together with Greek thought, and Roman law” are the three pillars “upon which Western Civilization rests.”
Oct 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Mexico, Bishop Jose Guadalupe Martin Rabago of Leon called on the country’s newly elected leaders to help “restore hope to the Mexican people.”
Oct 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The grandmother of a 10 year-old girl who became pregnant after she was raped by her stepfather has filed for custody of the girl and her unborn baby, saying that “life is from God” and that she does not agree that the Department of the Family - which currently has custody of her - should force her to have an abortion.
Oct 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Ecuador issued a statement this week, condemning certain passages of a new health care law which promotes abortion and the use of the morning-after pill and requires all health-care workers to provide services, even if they have strong moral or religious reservations against doing so.