Jun 2, 2008 - 10:50 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI has reportedly canceled meetings with seven world leaders to avoid encountering Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Jun 2, 2008 - 07:40 pm .- Attorneys general from ten states on Friday asked the California Supreme Court to delay until November its ruling implementing legal same-sex marriages.
Jun 2, 2008 - 06:14 pm .- On Saturday Pope Benedict XVI received members of the Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice organization, telling them that “harmonious” human development is possible and that mankind must remain the focus of all economic planning.
Jun 2, 2008 - 05:24 pm .- The movement Brazil Without Abortion decried the ruling by the country’s Supreme Court to uphold the Law on Biosecurity that allows for research with human embryos to treat illnesses, despite the fact that scientists around the world have moved away from this method.
Jun 2, 2008 - 04:31 pm .- Auxiliary Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo of Jerusalem told L’Osservatore Romano this week that there has been a marked increase in the number of pilgrims visiting the Holy Land, thus allowing for the Church in Israel and peace in the Middle East to be promoted.
Jun 2, 2008 - 03:51 pm .- On Saturday morning the new ambassador from the land of “eternal spring” or Guatemala was received by Pope Benedict at the Vatican. The topics raised by the Pope during the meeting included emigration, poverty, proper nutrition and violence.
Jun 2, 2008 - 02:31 pm .- Bishop Rodrigo Aguilar Martinez of Tehuacan in Mexico said last week that political authorities of any level “lack the faculties to restrict or eliminate human rights, which derive from the inherent dignity of the human person.”
Jun 2, 2008 - 01:57 pm .- The Liberal Party in Belgium has put forth a measure that would expand the country’s euthanasia law passed in 2002 to allow it to be applied to children and persons with dementia.
Jun 2, 2008 - 11:55 am .- Speaking on Mexican television, the president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care, Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, thanked the faithful for their prayers after he underwent an operation for pancreatic cancer last month.
Jun 2, 2008 - 10:30 am .- Today the Pope welcomed 7,000 faithful from the archdiocese of Turin, Italy. After extolling their efforts to grow deeper in the faith, the Holy Father announced that in the spring of 2010, there will be an exposition of the Shroud of Turin.
Jun 2, 2008 - 09:55 am .- As May’s last day came to a close on Saturday, Cardinal Angelo Comastri and Pope Benedict held a celebration to mark the end of the month of Mary. In his words on Mary, the Pope pointed to how her Magnificat remains the truest and most insightful understanding of history.