Archive of January 18, 2007

Benedict XVI invites Panamanians to remain faithful to the love of Christ

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.”

Ex-Vatican spokesman takes post at university outside Rome

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.

Messori: Married priests no remedy for “vocations crisis”

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.”

School allows girl to wear ‘hidden’ crucifix

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.

Indian Catholic denied marriage on conversion allegations

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.

Vatican reaches out to travelers, plans for mobile chapels on European highways

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.

Religious persecution growing worldwide, watchdogs say

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.”

Report reveals persecution of Christians in Burma by military regime

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.

Vatican meeting on China is a go

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.

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