Archive of August 2, 2006 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of August 2, 2006

Pope Benedict XVI reissues exhortation for peace in Middle East

Aug 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- At the conclusion of his weekly General Audience today in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Benedict XVI offered his prayers for those in the Middle East and renewed his call for an immediate ceasefire in region.

Canadian bishops assist in first democratic elections in Congo

Aug 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and its international development arm, Development and Peace, sent a five-member delegation to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to observe the central African country’s first presidential democratic elections in 46 years.

British researchers say cures from embryonic stem-cell research unlikely

Aug 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- One week after the European Union voted to approve funding for embryonic stem-cell research through 2013, two leading British scientists say that any potential cures from embryonic stem cell research are many years away, if ever they occur, reported LifeNews. They say media and lawmakers, who want funding for the controversial research, have managed to distort public opinion.

Dominican named director of Pope John Paul II Cultural Center

Aug 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C., has a new interim director. Fr. Steven Boguslawski, a Dominican priest, began in his new post Aug. 1st. The 50-year-old cleric had served as rector of Detroit’s Sacred Heart Major Seminary since 2003.

U.S. Bishops react to FDA move toward approving Plan B for over-the-counter use

Aug 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A pro-life spokeswoman for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops reacted strongly against the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to move toward approving abortion drug Plan B for over-the-counter use

Pope tells altar servers to be open to the call of the Lord

Aug 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI used much of his General Audience today to greet the thousands of altar servers who are visiting Rome as part of the international pilgrimage of altar servers, sponsored by Coetus Internationalis Ministrantium.  He told the many servers gathered that they should be open to the call of the Lord and be prepared if he is calling them to serve as priests.

One million Costa Ricans to pay homage to Our Lady of the Angles

Aug 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- An expected one million Costa Ricans will visit the Basilica of the Angels in Cartago this week to honor the traditional August 2nd feast of Our Lady of the Angels, the patroness of Costa Rica.

Cardinal Rivera calls on Mexicans to pray for peace and reconciliation

Aug 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, has called on the faithful to participate in the days of prayer for peace and reconciliation in the country, which the Mexican bishops have designated take place in every parish until August 6.

Salesians bringing hope to refugees in Lebanon

Aug 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Amidst the continuing conflict between Hezbollah and Israel, the Salesian houses in Lebanon at Al Fidar and El Houssoun are providing hope and support to the refugees.

Supreme Court of Buenos Aires allows handicapped woman to undergo abortion

Aug 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Supreme Court of the province of Buenos Aires in Argentina issued a 6-3 ruling this week allowing a 19 year-old handicapped woman who was raped by a family member and became pregnant to undergo an abortion.