Oct 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI greeted some 40,000 pilgrims in St. Peter’s square today, speaking to them of the Apostles Simon and Jude. The Holy Father told the crowd of faithful that the two Apostles provide a witness to the unity that can be found in Jesus as well as the necessity of preserving the firm identity of the Christian faith.
Oct 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor said after his first meeting with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexis II last week, it was very clear that the Patriarch “wants better relationships with the Catholic Church.”
Oct 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- While everyone wants to find cures for disease and to alleviate suffering, this cannot be done “by creating and then killing human life,” the Australian bishops said in opposition to a bill that proposes the creation of embryos for research.
Oct 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The New Zealand government claimed yesterday that it had United Nations approval to deport an Iranian refugee who is refusing to go home because he fears he will be executed for converting from Islam to Christianity.
Oct 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Instead of simply criticizing Pentecostal churches that draw Catholics as members, Catholic leaders should consider why their parishes aren't meeting the needs of those who leave, said Cardinal Walter Kasper said Monday.
Oct 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Luis Lona of San Luis has criticized the recent law on sexual education passed by the Argentinean Senate and said the country’s leaders should clarify what he called “an ambiguous legal norm” and the uncertainty as to how it would be applied.
Oct 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In the wake of a massive pro-life march that brought together more than 10,000 people in Managua to defend the life of the unborn, the leader of the country’s National Assembly, Sandinista Rene Nuñez, has sponsored a measure to reform Nicaragua’s Penal Code and outlaw all abortions.
Oct 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A court in Turkey has sentenced a Muslim teenager to 18 years in prison for the killing, last February 5th, of Italian priest Father Andrea Santoro at the Church of Holy Mary, in Trebisonda.
Oct 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During the inaugural address of the World Congress of Catholic Television, the President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Archbishop John Foley, said that “in a media-driven society,” the Church “must not remain isolated” and he called for “greater creativity” in Catholic television in order to offer content “in the forms understood in society today.”
Oct 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Made public this morning was an address given by the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, on the subject of the General Assembly’s “Follow-up and implementation of the outcome of the International Conference on Financing for Development.” The Vatican representative said particular attention should be given to the economic growth of low-income developing countries.