Nov 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Concluding his first day in Turkey, Pope Benedict XVI met this evening with members of the international diplomatic corps at the Apostolic Nunciature in Ankara. The Pope emphasized the need for continued intercultural and interreligious cooperation in order to bring an end to terrorism and regional conflicts as well as to find solutions to problems of economic inequality, oppression, and disease.
Nov 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In response to comments by Turkey’s Prime Minister, Tayyip Erdogan, on the possibility of Turkish entry into the EU, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the Holy See “has neither the power, nor the specific or political role of intervening in the question of Turkey’s entry into the European Union.”
Nov 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Salesian Fathers are celebrating this year a century of ministry in China, marking the centenary with a variety of activities in Hong Kong and Macao. The Vicar General of the Salesian society, Father Adriano Bregolin, has traveled to China to attend many of the celebrations.
Nov 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Jose Guadalupe Martin Rabago of Leon has denounced a proposal by the leftists PRI party to legalize abortion and euthanasia in Mexico City saying the idea goes “against human values such as life.”
Nov 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The outgoing president of Ecuador, Alfredo Palacio, has issued a partial veto of a law reforming the country’s healthcare laws that various organizations said were an attack on the rights of parents, freedom of conscience, and the respect for life from the moment of conception.
Nov 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI left the Apostolic Nunciature in Ankara, Turkey, this morning and traveled by plane to Ephesus, where he celebrated Mass at the “House of Mother Mary” with a group of Turkish Christians. The Pontiff spoke of “Christ, our peace,” and pleaded for peace in the world.
Nov 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Vatican spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, told the Italian press today that Pope Benedict XVI is not worried about a statement released by Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda, in Iraq. The organization said the Pope’s current trip to Turkey is the continuation of an anti-Islam crusade.
Nov 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Relations between the Catholic Church and the government of China may be set back even further as the communist country announced this week that it had appointed and will attempt the ordination of yet another bishop for its Chinese Patriotic Catholic church. The Holy See and Chinese government had been working to normalize relations in recent months.
Nov 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A large organization of Jewish Hungarians has awarded their annual “For Jews in Hungary Award,” to a representative of the Catholic Church for the first time. The Federation of Jewish Communities in Hungary (Mazsihisz) has recognize Cardinal Peter Erdo, “For strengthening dialogue between the Catholic church and the Jewish church and for preserving the memory of the Jews killed during the Holocaust and those who saved them.”
Nov 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- According to Bishop Djuro Hranic, Auxiliary Bishop of Djakovo, “there is a springtime for the Church” in Croatia. The bishop told Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) that while obstacles remain, the future of the Croatian Catholic Church looks bright.
Nov 29, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Istanbul this afternoon and prayed with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Patriarchal Church of St. George. The two leaders offered conciliatory words and mentioned the steps in ecumenism already taken by their predecessors.