Nov 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI successfully completed his top objective today in Istanbul, joining Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I in celebrating one of the most solemn feasts of the Orthodox calendar, the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle. Both the Ecumenical Patriarch and the Holy Father offered words during the Byzantine liturgy celebrating the Patron of the Church of Constantinople and brother of St. Peter. The Holy Father recommitted himself, during his homily, to seeking the reunification of the two Churches.
Nov 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The youngest bishop in the United States was ordained yesterday for the Archdiocese of Detroit. Bishop Daniel Flores will assist Cardinal Adam Maida as one of six auxiliary bishops.
Nov 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As many around the globe pray for Pope Benedict’s current trip to Turkey, the Orthodox and Roman Catholic prelates of Boston, as well as those of Denver, have issued statements committing their own prayers for the success of the Holy Father’s visit with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Istanbul this week.
Nov 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Missionaries of Charity have launched a new professional training program for girls in Tajikistan, a predominantly Muslim country.
Nov 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The bishops of Mexico’s southern region of Oaxaca have called on all sectors of society, from political leaders to average citizens, to establish new “conditions for peaceful coexistence” that will ensure lasting peace through the “improvement of relations at all levels.”
Nov 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Paraguay is thanking priests for their efforts at evangelizing the country and inviting them to embark upon the path to holiness in order to build up the Kingdom of God.
Nov 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Madrid, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, is calling on Catholics to respond to secularism - or laicism, as it is referred to in Europe - because behind the phenomenon is “a rejection of God” and a belief that man can “go it alone.”
Nov 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Social Ministry Department of the Diocese of San Carlos de Bariloche issued a statement this week stressing that for the good of individuals, families and society, clear distinctions should be made between legitimate recreational activities, such as sports, and addictions, such as those fostered by games of chance.
Nov 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- No one knows what she really looked like, yet the Blessed Virgin Mary stands among the most popular artistic subjects in history. Now, a stunning new documentary will explore how images of the Virgin, around the world, reflect numerous traditions, devotional practices and cultures.
Nov 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Speaking to a representative of Aid to the Church in Need during a recent trip to Belgium, Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, head of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church (UGCC), said that Christian identity is the link between Ukraine and the European Union (EU).
Nov 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Following the celebration of the Divine Liturgy for the Feast of St. Andrew, Apostle and Patron of the Church of Constantinople, Pope Benedict XVI and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I signed a common declaration on the relationship between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. The two gave thanks to God, who by His work has given them the gift of this “fraternal encounter.”