Dec 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Presiding at the first prayer service for the season of Advent, Pope Benedict XVI recalled that God is a God who comes among man to save him from evil and death. The Holy Father celebrated first Vespers on Saturday evening at St. Peter’s Basilica.
Dec 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Following the rapid dissemination of a quote printed by the Brazilian press this weekend, the newly appointed Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, Cardinal Claudio Hummes O.F.M., issued a statement through the Vatican this morning, clarifying that the removal of a requirement for priestly celibacy is not in the immediate works.
Dec 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Prior to praying the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI briefly recalled last week’s trip to Turkey, expressing his thanks to the Turkish people and reminding Catholics to follow the example of Turkish Christians who, “always live the experience of Advent.”
Dec 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Bishop of Arlington, Virginia, has taken up the fight against pornography and is urging all citizens and public officials to work for legislation that will create a culture in which the dignity of all human persons is respected.
Dec 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic Church stands by its teaching that the best way to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS is abstinence and not condom use, said Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor in a BBC interview Sunday.
Dec 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Media outlets in Brazil are reporting on a proposal by the Catholic Church in that country for a schedule of activities for Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to Brazil in May of 2007 for the 5th General Conference of the Latin American Bishops’ Council, which will be held at the Marian shrine of Aparecida.
Dec 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, said last week he is “convinced” that Benedict XVI’s visit to Turkey, in addition to being “historic,” also had “incalculable value” for the “reconciliation process” in the millennium-long split between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church.
Dec 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican reacted this weekend to the decision of the Chinese government to ordain another Catholic bishop without Vatican approval. The Holy See said the illicit ordination of Fr. John Wang Renlei, which took place on November 30th, was a great cause of “sadness” for the Church.
Dec 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Symposium of the Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has said bringing God to the hearts of men and women, so that they believe in Him, in an effort to care for the whole person is a requirement “for combating AIDS, truly confronting its causes and curing the sick with due attention and love.”
Dec 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican announced what could be a major breakthrough in ecumenical relations between the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox Churches. In a communiqué this morning the Holy See Press Office announced that, “His Beatitude Christodoulos, Archbishop of Athens and of all Greece, is to visit the Holy Father and the Church of Rome from December 13 to 16.”