Jan 23, 2007 - 03:31 pm .- Cardinal Walter Kasper, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, said at a Vatican press briefing today that the current state of ecumenism is positive and offered a briefing on the Church’s relations with the Orthodox Churches, in addition to touching on Catholic-Protestant relations. The event was timed to coincide with the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, being held from January 18 to 25. Cardinal Kasper affirmed that last year had been particularly fruitful in ecumenical terms, with the Pope's trip to Turkey, during which he signed a joint declaration with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople; and the resumption of work of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between Catholics and Orthodox.
Jan 23, 2007 - 09:31 am .- Church leaders of the "underground" and "open" Catholic communities in China have welcomed a Vatican statement concerning a special meeting on the Church in China and its overtures toward reconciliation.
Jan 23, 2007 - 09:25 am .- Pope John Paul II’s former personal secretary will release his new book this week on his experience as the late pope’s personal secretary. “A Life with Karol” was written by Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the pope's personal secretary for nearly four decades, and it is to be released by Italy's Rizzoli publishers on Wednesday.
Jan 23, 2007 - 09:05 am .- The Chinese government has committed to do more to end sex-selection abortions and to correct a growing gender imbalance in the country.
Jan 23, 2007 - 09:05 am .- The bishops of North Carolina are calling on the state’s 400,000 Catholics to learn more about embryonic stem-cell research and to join them in defeating pending legislation that will likely recommend state funding.
Jan 23, 2007 - 09:05 am .- Abbe Pierre, one of the most popular and controversial figures in recent French Catholicism, died Monday at the age of 94 at a Paris hospital.
Forensic doctor reveals former Mexican president ordered autopsy not to be performed on Cardinal PosadasJan 23, 2007 - 09:05 am .- A forensic doctor in Mexico has raised eyebrows across the country by stating this week that former President Carlos Salinas issued a “written order” that an autopsy not be performed on Cardinal Juan Jesus Posadas, who was gunned down in 1993.
Jan 23, 2007 - 09:05 am .- The former director of the Holy See Press Office, Joaquin Navarro Valls, warned this week that by promoting homosexual unions, Spanish President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero is leading that country down a path contrary to the rest of the world, which is rediscovering “the permanent and heterosexual nature of marriage.”
Jan 23, 2007 - 09:05 am .- Upon celebrating the feast of St. Vincent the Martyr, patron of the Archdiocese of Valencia, Archbishop Garcia-Gasco warned that “when public officials and ideologies limit religious freedom they commit a profound injustice and turn political systems into unacceptable tyrants.”