Nov 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Speaking on the Solemnity of Christ King yesterday in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Benedict XVI affirmed that men and women must freely accept the Love and Truth that Christ offers in order to receive the peace and joy of God’s reign.
Nov 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Holy See announced today that the Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will meet with Pope Benedict XVI tomorrow as the Holy Father arrives at the Ankara airport. Erdogan had announced previously that scheduling conflicts would not allow him to meet with the Pope.
Nov 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In what is being reported as an attempt to “ease Muslim anger” by the Turkish press, Pope Benedict XVI will visit Istanbul’s famed Blue Mosque during his visit to Turkey this week.
Nov 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- To mark Thanksgiving and in preparation for Christmas, Cardinal Sean O’Malley sent holiday greetings to the military men and women from the Archdiocese of Boston who are on tour, as well as to their families and to military chaplains.
Nov 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal George Pell has urged MPs to oppose controversial legislation that would allow the creation of cloned embryos for stem-cell research. Informing Australians about some specifics of the bill, he explained that it would allow scientists to clone embryos with ova harvested from aborted girls.
Nov 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Chinese Catholic pastoral leaders from around the world have expressed concern about the future of their faith communities in their respective countries due to a lack of priests who speak the main Chinese languages.
Nov 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In an interview with Turkish press yesterday, Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., the Director of the Holy See Press Office reiterated that the Vatican is not opposed to Turkey joining the European Union.
Nov 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Hungary called a decision by the government to cut off annual subsidies to Church institutions “unacceptable discrimination” and said it violates the country’s accord with the Holy See.
Nov 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As Pope Benedict prepares to travel to Turkey, the Prefect for the Congregation for Oriental Churches, Cardinal Ignace Moussa I Daoud, said the Turkish bishops hope that their country would be a “cradle of Christianity and will continue being a land of fraternal dialogue between religions and cultures.”
Nov 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Commenting on the absence of medicines due to high prices in many countries, especially those that are poor, the president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care, Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, has called on the pharmaceutical lobbyists to “not traffic in human suffering.”
Nov 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Following his Sunday address and the praying of the Angelus, Pope Benedict XVI sent special greetings to the people of Turkey and asked for prayers that his trip might “bring the fruits that God desires.”