Jan 22, 2007 - 06:06 pm .- Thousands upon thousands of Americans – young, old, lay, and religious – packed the streets of Washington, D.C. today, as they took part in the 34th annual March for Life. Pro-life protesters worked their way down Pennsylvania Avenue, past the U.S. Capitol building, to the steps of the Supreme Court where, in 1973, the Court decided that women should have a “right” to abort their children. Participants from around the country had gathered in Washington over a chilly weekend, to pray, protest, and gain information about the pro-life movement. The weekend’s events, which include an enormous Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and a youth rally which overflowed the city’s Verizon Center, culminated in a rally and march through the heart of American government.
Jan 22, 2007 - 05:00 pm .- Speaking last Tuesday at the Diocese of Phoenix’s annual Red Mass, which coincides with the opening of the state’s regular legislative session, San Antonio’s Archbishop, Jose Gomez, told lawmakers that they have a special duty to know God’s will and to bring justice to the poor and afflicted. Archbishop Gomez, whose own state of Texas shares a border with Mexico just as Arizona does, used the opportunity to encourage greater respect for human dignity in light of social Catholic teaching when considering the volatile national immigration debate.
Jan 22, 2007 - 05:00 pm .- On Saturday, in the Vatican, Benedict XVI received the 50 participants in the plenary session of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America which is presided over by Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. The theme of the plenary is: "The Family and Christian Education in Latin America." The Holy Father said in his address that the problems facing the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean must be addressed by a new evangelization of faith, nourished by prayer and the divine Word.
Jan 22, 2007 - 01:36 pm .- The cause for beatification for Pope John Paul II is advancing well, says the late pontiff’s personal secretary, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz.
Jan 22, 2007 - 01:25 pm .- Meeting with the new Romanian ambassador to the Holy See, Pope Benedict XVI expressed concern on Saturday about damage being done to St. Joseph Catholic Cathedral in Bucharest due to the nearby construction of a corporate high-rise. He also urged respect for religious liberty, especially for Eastern Rite Catholics, who had suffered during the previous communist rule, reported The Associated Press.
Jan 22, 2007 - 12:40 pm .- Twenty-one New York parishes and missions will be closed or merged as part of a major diocesan reorganization plan. The Archdiocese of New York made the announcement at a press conference on Friday.
Jan 22, 2007 - 12:27 pm .- Catholic lay people must be encouraged to speak about Christ and to offer living witness of the faith in the family and in the workplace, said Archbishop Oswald Gracias of Mumbai.
Jan 22, 2007 - 12:26 pm .- An investigation by the group Pro-Life in Argentina has revealed that the Catholic Church and the unborn are the two groups that are the most discriminated against in that country.
Jan 22, 2007 - 12:23 pm .- A politician who claims to be Catholic, whether of the left or of the right, cannot support abortion, warned Archbishop Alejandro Goic, president of the Bishops’ Conference of Chile, after the Chilean parliament took up a measure last Friday that would legalize “therapeutic” abortion under any circumstances.
Jan 22, 2007 - 12:22 pm .- Archbishop Antonio Arregui Yarza of Guayaquil has called on Rafael Correa, the new President of Ecuador, to act with restraint in the first weeks of his administration and that, in response to recent events, the best path towards a solution to the country’s problems is dialogue and not confrontation.
Jan 22, 2007 - 12:00 pm .- Today in the Vatican, the Holy Father received the Letters of Credence of Antun Sbutega, the first ambassador of Montenegro to the Holy See. The smallest and youngest republic of the former Yugoslavia recently voted to open diplomatic channels with the Holy See. In his address, Benedict XVI sent his greetings, via the ambassador, to all of Montenegrin society which, "in its ethnic plurality, has wished to establish a direct and cordial dialogue with the Holy See.”
Jan 22, 2007 - 10:23 am .- On Sunday Pope Benedict XVI commented on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which is taking place Janurary 18-25. The Holy Father told the pilgrims gathered below his window that, by way of their prayers, all Christians can take part in the task of ecumenism. The Pope recalled that the theme for this year’s Week of Prayer - "He even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak" - is "taken from the Gospel of St. Mark and refers to the people's amazement at Jesus' healing of the deaf man."