Dec 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On the third day of his pastoral visit to Turkey, Pope Benedict XVI visited the historic Cathedral-turned-museum Hagia Sofia, one of the most important symbols of the country, as well as the Blue Mosque, the central Mosque of Istanbul. The Pope became only the second Pope to ever enter a Muslim house of prayer.
Dec 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Chinese government officials went ahead with their decision to appoint a new bishop for the government-controlled Catholic Church, without approval of the Vatican yesterday. Bishop Joseph Zhao Fengchang of Yanggu illicitly ordained Fr. Wang Renlei, 36, as Coadjutor Bishop of Xuzhou, at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral.
Dec 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI appointed a Redemptorist priest, Fr. Gérard Pettipas, as Archbishop of Grouard-McLennan in northern Alberta, yesterday.
Dec 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Caritas Australia is providing dignity to people affected by HIV/AIDS by providing food, anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) and work opportunities through 15 initiatives in 13 countries.
Dec 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Michael Saltarelli of Wilmington has dedicated the 2006 Season of Advent in the diocese to victims of clergy sexual abuse and their families.
Dec 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- After a day which began with the solemn celebration of the Feast of St. Andrew with the Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarch and continued with the signing of a joint Catholic-Orthodox statement, a visitation to the Museum of Hagia Sofia, as well as to Istanbul’s Blue Mosque, Pope Benedict XVI traveled to the city’s Armenian apostolic patriarchate, where he participated in a prayer service with His Beatitude Mesrob II, patriarch of Turkey’s Armenian Apostolic Christians.
Dec 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On the last day of his Apostolic voyage to Turkey, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass for the country’s Catholic community, affirming that the Church does not wish to impose its faith on anyone but, “merely asks to live in freedom,” in order to reveal Christ Jesus.
Dec 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The spokesman for the Bishops’ Conference of Turkey, Msgr. Georges Marovitch, said Turks have been surprised by the Holy Father’s visit to their country.
Dec 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The vice postulator of the causes of Franciscan saints in Valencia, Spain, Father Benjamin Agullo, said this week the martyrdom of Brother Pascual Nadal, a Franciscan missionary who interrogated by Mao Tse Tung and beheaded during the Chinese civil war of 1935, is under consideration as a cause for canonization.
Dec 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Auxiliary Bishop Shlemon Warduni of Baghdad has announced the release of Father Douglas Al Bazi, who was kidnapped recently by Iraqi insurgents, saying, “He has undergone physical and psychological trials but he is alive.”
Dec 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has sent a message to Cardinal Francis Arinze ahead of the Congregation for Divine Worship’s study day on the Sunday Mass. The Holy Father told those involved in the study group that Sundays remain the central focus of the Church’s liturgical year and that there is a need to, “reiterate the sacred nature of the Lord’s day and the need to participate in Sunday Mass.