Archive of December 6, 2006

Trip to Turkey served three levels of Pontifical mission, Pope says

Dec 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Speaking to the thousands of pilgrims gathered in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall today, Pope Benedict XVI recalled his recent apostolic trip to Turkey and explained how the visit served what he called the three “concentric circles” of his Pontifical mission.

Vatican seeks official relations with China, maintains ties with Taiwan

Dec 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican will seek to resume relations with China after more than half a century if religious freedom is allowed, a Vatican official said on Tuesday.

Cardinal Bertone insists Catholic Church is not "poaching for converts" in Russia

Dec 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican Secretary of State told reporters yesterday that the Roman Catholic Church is not engaging in proselytism in Russia and “poaching for converts” among members of the Russian Orthodox Church.

St Paul burial place 'confirmed'

Dec 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Vatican archaeologists say they have conclusive evidence that a Roman tomb, located in St Paul Outside the Walls, the largest church in Rome after St Peter's, belonged to St. Paul.

Turkish bishops hope papal visit will help Iraqi refugee situation

Dec 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Chaldean and Syrian Catholic bishops of Turkey, Bishop Francois Yakan and Bishop Yusuf Sag, said this week they are very hopeful that the recent visit by Benedict XVI will help to improve the Iraqi refugee situation in the country.

Relativism has invaded the realm of faith, warns Argentinean archbishop

Dec 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In his weekly program, “Keys to a Better World,” Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata warned that indifference toward the truth and the spread of multiple and extravagant opinions “have also invaded the realm of faith.”

Bishops in Paraguay invite young people to play lead role in transformation of country

Dec 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During a Mass in honor of Our Lady of Miracles of Caacupe, the patroness of Paraguay, the bishops of that country issued a statement inviting young people to play a lead role in the transformation of Paraguay and lamenting the difficult situation that many young people are experiencing due to the lack of jobs.

Stir up in young people the desire to serve common good, Bertone says

Dec 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In a message to the participants of the 22nd National Congress of the Italian Catholic Union of Middle School Teachers, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Secretary of State of the Holy See said that an, “appreciation for the positive value of life must be communicated to young people, stirring up in them the desire for dedicating themselves to service of the Good.”

Holy See encourages international organization to root out religious intolerance

Dec 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Made public today was the text of a speech given on Monday, by Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the Holy See’s Secretary for Relations with States, to the 14th ministerial council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).  Mamberti addressed with the participants, the necessity of including a religious dimension in international conversations and of working against religious intolerance.

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