Nov 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican released a short statement at the conclusion of Pope Benedict XVI’s three hour meeting with heads of the dicasteries of the Roman Curia today. The statement confirmed the Church’s adherence to the discipline of priestly celibacy for Latin Rite priests.
Nov 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Italian press this week is debating whether it is politically correct to poke fun at Pope Benedict XVI, after his secretary, Msgr. Georg Ganswein, reportedly told an Italian news agency that he had enough of satire in the media about the pontiff.
Nov 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Turkey’s head of religious affairs says the Pope’s visit to Turkey later this month may help improve relations with Muslims, but he does not believe it will heal the wounds stemming from the Pontiff’s misinterpreted remarks about Islam in September.
Nov 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Two sacred art pieces by Renaissance master Fra Angelico were recently discovered and are expected to be auctioned in England for at least one million pounds (1.8 million U.S. Dollars) this spring.
Nov 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Czech Catholic Bishops Conference are going back to the drawing board to propose new dates for a papal visit, after receiving a letter from the Vatican indicating that the Pope could not travel to the Czech Republic next September.
Nov 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Prime Minister and leader of the Socialist Party in Portugal, Jose Socrates, said this week his administration would not legalize abortion without popular support and that a referendum would decide the issue.
Nov 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Inspired by a similar initiative by Catholic charity, Aid to the Church in Need, the Bishops’ Conference of Chile has declared November 19 to be a day of prayer for the persecuted Church throughout the world.
Nov 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- South Africa’s parliament has approved gay unions, making that country the first in Africa to pass such a law.
Nov 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The House of Representatives of the Dominican Republic has awarded Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez of Santo Domingo for his contributions to society. In his remarks expressing gratitude for the honor, the cardinal called for laws that always defend human life.