Jan 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The president of Taiwan, Chen Shui-Bian, has sent a letter to Pope Benedict XVI requesting his help to halt “the threat of war which our country is suffering” at the hands of Communist China.
Jan 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, is calling on that country’s presidential candidates to incorporate the Church’s social teachings into their policy proposals, saying its application would bring “much good to society and would make people more aware” of the different problems facing Peru
Jan 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During a Mass offered by Bishop Jose Vilaplana of Santander, Spain, Sister Esperanza Zorroza Landia, 94, celebrated her 75 years as a professed religious with a moving renewal of vows. The ceremony was witnessed by numerous fellow Cistercians, diocesan priests and family members of Sister Esperanza.
Jan 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Diocese of Springfield has launched a process to help determine which churches should close given demographic shifts and the shortage of priests. But, according to the Boston Globe, diocesan officials have learned from the nightmare that occurred in the Archbishop of Boston in 2004 and appear determined to avoid the same situation.
Jan 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A decision by federal bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth Perris against the Archdiocese of Portland “will lead to a new class of victims and cause more suffering among the children and the needy of Oregon,” said lawyer Robert Le Chevallier in a column in last week’s Oregonian.
Jan 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- For the third time in four years a priest of the Archdiocese of Vancouver has been named a bishop, reported journalist Jeff Graham. Pope Benedict XVI named Fr. Gary Gordon as the new bishop of Whitehorse Jan. 5.
Jan 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Two more NBC affiliates have decided not to air a new network drama called "The Book of Daniel," which features an Episcopal priest with a gay son, the network announced Friday, the day of the series debut.
Jan 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Immigrants make a vital contribution to Ireland’s economy and culture, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said Thursday as he celebrated a vigil mass to mark the country’s growing multiculturalism.
Jan 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On Saturday, Pope Benedict met with a delegation from the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, with whom he stressed the importance of ecumenical dialogue, but warned against the possibility of true dialogue without interior conversion.
Jan 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As the Church celebrated the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord on Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI personally baptized ten newborn infants--a first for his pontificate and a continuation of a custom begun by the late John Paul II.
Jan 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In his weekly Angelus reflection, given Sunday on the Feast of the Baptism of Jesus, Pope Benedict XVI encouraged a crowd of thousands let their own baptisms renew them in the image of the new man--Jesus.
Jan 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- This morning, Pope Benedict encouraged world diplomats and the nations they represent to recognize truth, forgiveness and authentic human dignity as the only means to bring about lasting world peace.
Jan 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls announced yesterday that the Holy See would accept the decision of the courts regarding the possible prison release of Ali Agca--would-be assassin of the late John Paul II.