Nov 28, 2006 - 12:00 am .- At 1pm Turkish-time today Pope Benedict XVI arrived at Ankara, Turkey’s Esemboğa International Airport, for his historic visit. The Pontiff was greeted by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and, after a brief welcome, traveled by motorcade to the Ataturk Mausoleum.
Nov 28, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI met today with the President of the Religious Affairs Directorate of Turkey, Ali Bardakoglu. The Holy Father remarked on the trememdous history of Turkey and offered his esteem for and desire to work together with the Muslim nation and Islam as a whole, “to live together in harmony, peace, and mutual trust.”
Nov 28, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Council of Muftis of Russia has criticized protests against the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Turkey organized by radical Islamic political parties.
Nov 28, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, said he was confident the Turkish people, “will not fail to demonstrate once again their traditional hospitality” during the Pope’s visit to their country, and he said the Pontiff’s discourse in Regensburg last September would end up having a positive influence on the visit.
Nov 28, 2006 - 12:00 am .- According to a press release from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Catholic and Reformed churches have recently made “significant” progress toward mutual understanding, signing a document that recognizes their common baptism.
Nov 28, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A Hollywood movie about the birth of Jesus, “The Nativity Story,” made its world premiere on Sunday at the Vatican.
Nov 28, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The House of Representatives will hold the first-ever vote next week on a measure that would inform women considering an abortion after 20 weeks gestation that their baby will feel intense pain as a result of the abortion, reported LifeNews.com.
Nov 28, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Central Asia's only Catholic seminary welcomed a dozen young men, aged 16 to 23, from various parishes in the Archdiocese of Astana for a three-day discernment weekend.
Nov 28, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Fernando Saenz Lacalle of San Salvador called on Catholics this week to pray for “the holiness of priests and religious” in response to the scandal caused by the conviction of a Franciscan priest to 20 years in prison for the sexual abuse of a minor.
Nov 28, 2006 - 12:00 am .- International Catholic, lay fraternal organization, the Knights of Columbus, have begun their “spiritual pilgrimage,” with Pope Benedict XVI as he arrives in Turkey today. As previously reported, the Knights will pray for the Pope’s intentions as he makes his historic visit to the Muslim country.