Nov 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A United Nations committee on women’s rights sent a letter to Nicaraguan politicians prior to their historic vote last week which banned abortion. According to a press release issued by Concerned Women for America (CWA), the letter tried to stop Nicaragua’s banning of abortion by claiming that the “right to life” means a right to abortion.
Nov 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has approved the diocesan phase of the cause of canonization of 36 Franciscan friars from Valencia who were martyred during the Spanish Civil War of 1936.
Nov 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Various representatives of the largest religious confessions in Argentina have expressed their concern to the country’s Minister of Education, Daniel Filmus, about “the dangerous absence of religious perspective in the first draft of an educational law that has been presented for debate.”
Nov 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The foundation “Argentina of Tomorrow” is protesting the Argentinean daily “La Nacion,” which is affiliated with Rolling Stone magazine, over a blasphemous picture of the Virgin Mary appearing in its latest edition.
Teaching of Catholic social doctrine not intrusion into partisan politics, says Argentinean archbishopNov 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Domingo Castagna of Corrientes lamented this week that some consider “the normal teaching of Catholic social doctrine to be an intrusion into partisan politics.”
Nov 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will no longer be available to meet with Pope Benedict XVI when the pontiff visits the Muslim country later this month. But, Turkish officials are denying that the cancelled meeting was not a intentional slight.
Nov 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal George Pell is urging Catholics to lobby senators to vote down a bill that would legalize therapeutic cloning, calling it an affront to human dignity. The proposed research process involves the destruction of human embryos.
Nov 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The new Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, Cardinal Claudio Hummes, explained that a Marxist analysis (or view) of the faith "brings (theology) to materialism and atheism and leads to an armed revolution."
Nov 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- An historic Catholic cathedral, the first built in the United States after the signing of the Constitution, will reopen this week after a two-year, $32-million renovation.
Nov 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Catholic aid organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), has announced it will provide financial assistance for an effort by the Patriarch of Venice to provide an Arabic-language translation of Pope Benedict’s weekly public audience’s through the Oasis International Centre.