Jan 12, 2007 - 01:53 pm .- The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, emphasized that Pope Benedict XVI’s major apostolic trips of 2006, “have set foundations and have planted very fertile seeds in the international community, in local churches, as well as in the Universal Church."
Jan 12, 2007 - 01:38 pm .- The Fifth General Conference of the Bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean, which will be held in Aparecida, Brazil from May 13 to 31st, and which will be inaugurated by Pope Benedict XVI, was officially discussed today in the Press Office of the Holy See.
Jan 12, 2007 - 01:07 pm .- The Islamic organization Al-Hidaya has spoken out against efforts to allow Islamic prayer in the Cathedral of Cordoba and warned that the group behind the move, the Islamic Council, does not represent all Muslims and is merely seeking the spotlight.
Jan 12, 2007 - 01:03 pm .- A block of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) is arguing that a recent decision to ban so-called therapeutic abortion in Nicaragua is unconstitutional and is seeking to get the law overturned.
Jan 12, 2007 - 12:50 pm .- The executive committee of the Polish Bishops’ Conference will meet this Friday in a special session to discuss “the state of the Church in Poland following the events of recent days,” after Archbishop Stanislaw Wielgus of Warsaw resigned amidst reports he collaborated with the Communist regime’s secret police decades ago.
Jan 12, 2007 - 12:45 pm .- Archbishop Roberto Luckert Leon of Coro, who was a target of one of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s infamous diatribes this week, called the president’s actions an attempt to discredit the Church as a voice of legitimate criticism.
Jan 12, 2007 - 12:06 pm .- An upcoming meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung Jan. 25 at the Vatican is an important sign of improving relations between the Vatican and Hanoi’s Communist government.
Jan 12, 2007 - 11:57 am .- A leading French religious magazine declared on Tuesday that France is “no longer a Catholic country” after a poll indicated that the number of French Catholics dropped by 30 percent in the past decade.
Jan 12, 2007 - 11:55 am .- The Archbishop of Denver has called for swift immigration reform that would address the country’s economic and security needs, “but also regularize the status of the many decent undocumented immigrants who help our society to grow.”
Jan 12, 2007 - 11:42 am .- In keeping with an annual tradition, Benedict XVI today received members of the General Inspectorate for Public Security at the Vatican, to whom he expressed his "appreciation and recognition" for their service. While speaking to those entrusted with securing the Vatican for visitors, the Pope recalled that all men and women are “called to be the guardians of our fellows.”