Dec 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A translation of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s, “Introduction to Christianity,” has been made available in Russian for the first time.
Dec 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI’s message for the World Day of Peace was made public today by the Vatican. In his message, which is written in advance of the January 1st Day of Peace, the Holy Father calls for an increased respect for human dignity and rights, based on a renewed understanding of natural law, to combat the growing threats of terrorism and violence.
Dec 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In an attempt to quell rumors which have been circulating through Mexico over the past few days, the Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera, stated this week that he has no news from the Holy See regarding a possible visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the country.
Dec 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Santiago, Cardinal Javier Errázuriz and the President of the Chilean Episcopal Conference (CECH), Bishop Alejandro Goic, have sent a plea requesting that both supporters and critics of former president August Pinochet face his death with calm and respect.
Dec 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Several legislators gathered with civil and religious rights groups last week on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to kick off a national “Nativity Project” and affirm the right of Christians to speak of Jesus’ birth during the celebration of Christmas.
Dec 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Some residents of a small town in Brittany have filed a lawsuit, claiming that the 29-foot statue of Pope John Paul II in the central town square violates the country’s 1905 law on the separation of church and state.
Dec 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Officials of the diocese of Tulsa say they may set up a memorial garden for the unborn on a half-acre lot the diocese purchased a few months ago, across the street from the Reproductive Services of Tulsa.
Dec 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Baldomero Carlos Martin of San Justo is calling on Catholics to bear witness to hope in an age marked by relativism that blocks “the splendor of Truth.”
Dec 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- One side of a Roman tomb, long revered as that of St. Paul, has been freed from a 19th-century block of concrete and, thanks to a transparent floor, will soon be visible to the public.
Dec 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Candido Cardenas of Benjamin Aceval said last week violence is not a legitimate means for bringing about change or for gaining respect for human rights.