May 2, 2008 - 11:23 pm .- After long delays, the electoral body of Zimbabwe said on Friday that opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai won more votes than President Robert Mugabe in the March 29 election. However, having failed to win a majority, Tsvangirai now faces a run-off election against Mugabe.
May 2, 2008 - 08:13 pm .- Beginning today, the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences is meeting to study how to overcome the negative effects of globalization so that trend can be harnessed to build a "civilisation of the common good.”
May 2, 2008 - 06:47 pm .- Today Pope Benedict appointed Fr. Byran Bayda as bishop of the Eparchy of Saskatoon of the Ukrainians. The bishop-elect will succeed Most Rev. Michael Wiwchar, who submitted his resignation upon his 75th birthday last year.
May 2, 2008 - 05:27 pm .- As it does every year, Time magazine has released its list of the world’s 100 most influential people and this year’s list does not include Pope Benedict XVI. Vatican spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi, says that he is “very happy that the Pope isn't on the list” because the criteria used by Time do not accurately gauge his influence.
May 2, 2008 - 04:02 pm .- Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera of Toledo spoke out on school education this week saying that, it should be founded upon the truth, especially nowadays, when there is a cultural climate that “seeks to keep human reason from tending towards the truth.”
May 2, 2008 - 03:12 pm .- During celebrations marking the International Day of the Child, Archbishop Chavez Botello of Antequera-Oaxaca said having children should not be considered an obstacle to be overcome in life, as “there is no reason a mother cannot be a successful woman. What greater success is there than to give life?” he asked.
May 2, 2008 - 01:49 pm .- A prominent lay Catholic in Spain who was recently named to the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Lola Velarde, said this week that Spain’s President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero’s secularist agenda is the launching pad for efforts to promote secularism in Europe and Latin America.
May 2, 2008 - 11:03 am .- Today the Holy Father accepted the resignation of Archbishop Harry J. Flynn from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in Minnesota. He will be succeeded by Archbishop John C. Neinstedt.
May 2, 2008 - 10:47 am .- In a Pastoral Statement released yesterday, the bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference encouraged a deeper respect for people’s freedom of conscience, especially in regards to health care and human life.
May 2, 2008 - 10:13 am .- Every five years a group of Cuban bishops travel to visit with the Pope and to visit the tomb of St. Peter. On Friday morning the bishops met with Pope Benedict, who told them that, "At this historic moment, the Church in Cuba is called to “offer all Cuban society the only true hope: Our Lord Jesus.”
May 2, 2008 - 05:31 am .- The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), in cooperation with EWTN, will soon release an instructional video on the 1962 Latin Mass. A free copy will be available to any priest or seminarian who reserves the video on its web site.
May 2, 2008 - 02:16 am .- A woman engaged to a member of the British royal family has renounced her Catholic faith to maintain her fiancée’s position in the line of succession.