Nov 28, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Holy Father said that he was “aware that economic difficulties, consistently high levels of unemployment, and concern over guaranteeing material existence all have an effect on the way of life of many Polish families. It is not possible to create truly authentic attitudes without bearing in mind these problems, which also affect young people."
Nov 28, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Last week, Vatican representative, Msgr. Renato Volante urged members of the 33rd General United Nations Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to guarantee adequate food supplies and security, particularly for the world’s poor.
Nov 28, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today, the Vatican released a message from Pope Benedict to Dutch participants of the first ever National Day of Catholic Youth, celebrated yesterday in Nieuwegein, Netherlands. In it, he encouraged young people to frequent prayer and the sacraments and to be a transformative factor in modern culture.
Nov 28, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Before praying his weekly Angelus prayer with a large group of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square Sunday, Pope Benedict urged Christians to utilize the period of Advent to reawaken their hearts, so that with God’s help, they can renew the world.
Nov 28, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Saturday evening in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Benedict XVI marked the first day of this year’s Advent season with a challenge, and a call to Christians to accept the communion offered by God in the coming of Christ.
Nov 28, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today, Pope Benedict XVI added his own voice to the cries of suffering rising from the violence-ridden African region of Sudan as he met with Catholic delegates from that country.
Nov 28, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Renato Martino is scheduled to meet Tuesday with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church. The prefect of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace left for Russia Saturday.
Nov 28, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Australia’s Catholic bishops are hoping to influence the debate in Parliament about the proposed changes to the country’s industrial relations laws.
Nov 28, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian told a top Vatican official Friday that he hopes ties with the Holy See would continue despite speculation that the Vatican is ready to sever existing ties with Taipei to rebuild relations with Beijing, reported Agence France-Presse.
Nov 28, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Chile concluded its Plenary Assembly last week with the publication of a pastoral letter entitled, “Marriage and the Family,” calling on society to recover the importance of the family and renewing the Church’s commitment to marriage.
Nov 28, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During their fall assembly last week, the bishops of Spain issued a formal invitation to Pope Benedict XVI to visit Spain for the celebration of the V World Meeting of Families in Valencia, scheduled for July 2006, and for the V Centenary of the birth of St. Francis Xavier.
Nov 28, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Just days after Cardinal Rodolfo Quezada of Guatemala City warned of the dangers of a new family planning law that would open the door to legalized abortion, Guatemala’s Vice President, Eduardo Stein, acknowledged problems with the law and said it may be vetoed.