Jan 18, 2007 - 02:14 pm .- On the occasion of the recent consecration of Panama to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Pope Benedict XVI encouraged the faithful in that country “to always remain faithful to the truth and the love of God, manifested in his Son Jesus Christ.”
Jan 18, 2007 - 02:12 pm .- The former Director of the Holy See’s Press Office, Joaquin Navarro-Valls, has taken a post at the Biomedical University, located on the outskirts of Rome. The university is administered by Opus Dei.
Jan 18, 2007 - 02:11 pm .- The renowned Italian journalist Vittorio Messori published an article recently in which he blasted one of the most popular myths of the day: that married priests would solve the “crisis of vocations.”
Jan 18, 2007 - 02:09 pm .- Administrators at Robert Napier School, who told a 13-year-old student last week she could not wear her necklace and crucifix for health and safety reasons, have changed their mind and said she could wear it as long as it remains hidden.
Jan 18, 2007 - 02:07 pm .- Local officials had refused, on four separate occasions, to register the marriage of a Catholic day laborer and a tribal woman in central India, alleging that the groom wanted to convert his bride to Christianity.
Jan 18, 2007 - 02:02 pm .- The Catholic Church intends to reach out to those who make their living by traveling the roads and highways and to provide them with pastoral support.
Jan 18, 2007 - 01:57 pm .- Religious rights group have underlined that religious persecution is on the rise worldwide and especially in Islamic countries. On Religious Freedom Day, Jan. 16, the Institute on Religion and Democracy issued a statement, indicating that "millions are discriminated against, beaten and tortured, imprisoned, and killed because they follow Jesus Christ or are members of other minority religions.”
Jan 18, 2007 - 01:49 pm .- On January 23rd a report entitled, “Carrying the Cross: The military regime’s campaign of restriction, discrimination and persecution against Christians in Burma” will be published during a meeting of the United Kingdom’s All Party Parliamentary Group on Burma.
Jan 18, 2007 - 09:30 am .- Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J., Director of the Holy See Press Office, confirmed this morning that a rumored Vatican meeting on the situation of the Catholic Church in China will occur this coming Friday, January 19th and Saturday, January 20th.