Dec 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican has joined Western leaders in criticizing a conference taking place in Iran this week. The conference’s goal is to question whether the Holocaust actually happened and to discredit the existence of Israel.
Dec 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Continuing his catechesis on the Apostles and the first members of the Church, Pope Benedict XVI dedicated his Wednesday General Audience to Saints Timothy and Titus, two of the closest collaborators with St. Paul, to whom he wrote two epistles.
Dec 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon has reached a settled with 150 people, who claim they were sexually abused by priests of the archdiocese. The settlement, however, is yet to go before a bankruptcy court judge.
Dec 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic Bishops of India have appealed for justice for the country’s Muslim minority which, in recent years, has been targeted by Hindu fundamentalists in various states of the federation, reported Fides. The Muslim community forms about 10 percent of the whole population.
Dec 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- After a rash of violent attacks, including a the killing of a Catholic layman in Kashmir and the assault on a Catholic school in Tamil Nadu, the Catholic community of India has asked for government protection and has expressed its desire to continue its pastoral work despite difficulties.
Dec 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Mexico commended “the joys and hopes, fears and anxieties of the Mexican people” to Our Lady of Guadalupe on the 475th anniversary of the apparitions to St. Juan Diego.
Dec 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The President of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care, Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, stated that for the Catholic Church so called “therapeutic cruelty,” or the unnecessary prolongation of life by extreme measures, is unacceptable and assured that the challenge is to distinguish these extreme cases from requests for euthanasia.
Dec 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Episcopal Conference of Colombia encouraged Colombians to take advantage of the celebration of Christmas to understand that peace is a gift of God granted to mankind, and is only possible when built daily with deeds of justice and love.
Dec 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican Press Office announced today that Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Bishop Dominic Carmon, Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans, due to age, and has announced a new auxiliary for the archdiocese. Bishop-elect Shelton Fabre is currently a priest of the Diocese of Baton Rouge and is said to be a “devoted, gifted, exemplary and highly respected priest.”
Dec 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Press Office of the Holy See released a short statement today confirming that Pope Benedict XVI met with Israeli Prime Minster Ehud Olmert at the Vatican. The Vatican’s brief communiqué stated that the Pope and Prime Minster discussed peace in the Middle East and the status of Christians in the area.