May 25, 2009 - 08:10 pm .- The Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo has announced a plan to collect $144 million to be used by Caritas Congo for a three-year HIV and AIDS program. Many of the HIV sufferers are women who had been raped in “acts of war.”
May 25, 2009 - 06:32 pm .- A new webcasting endeavor inspired by St. Francis and Venerable Gabriele Allegra is producing Catholic content in both English and Mandarin Chinese to proclaim and celebrate the “life-giving Word of God.”
May 25, 2009 - 02:24 pm .- A leading priest in Ghana has proposed new initiatives to counter the exodus of young people to sects. His proposals include a local edition of the compendium of the Catechism.
May 25, 2009 - 12:04 pm .- The U.S. bishops’ conference has submitted comment concerning the National Institutes of Health (NIH) guidelines on embryonic stem cell research, saying the rules ignore science, ethics and the humanity of the embryo.
May 25, 2009 - 10:46 am .- Priests training to serve as diplomats for the Vatican around the world were received by Pope Benedict XVI in an audience on Saturday and encouraged to remain strongly anchored to Christ amidst the turmoil of the modern world.
May 25, 2009 - 10:12 am .- Pope Benedict XVI, speaking to a crowd of 20,000 people on Sunday, emphasized the need for leaders to give their attention to families, which are urgently in need of better protection because of the economic crisis.
May 25, 2009 - 09:50 am .- While he was visiting Montecassino Abbey on Sunday evening, Pope Benedict XVI also paid his respects to those buried in a nearby Polish military cemetery. The Holy Father prayed at the cemetery for the fallen of all nations, and in particular, for mankind to realize that “the gift of peace is much more precious than any corruptible treasure.”
May 25, 2009 - 02:24 am .- Bishop Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph has pointed out that Notre Dame's president said he chose to honor President Obama and let him speak to promote dialogue, but that Obama said in his speech that he and the Church have “irreconcilable” differences on abortion. This admission, the bishop said, “shut the door on dialogue.”