Jan 24, 2007 - 06:10 pm .- In preparation for a second Synod of Africa, the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) held a Pan-African Congress at Dar-Es-Salaam in Tanzania from the 15th to the 18th of January. The gathered bishops evaluated the progress of evangelisation in Africa and planned for future evangelization projects.
Jan 24, 2007 - 05:21 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI expressed his gratitude and profound satisfaction upon receiving a papyrus containing one of the earliest known transcriptions of the New Testament. According to an L'Osservatore Romano article, the Holy Father spent time examining the famous Papyrus Bodmer 14-15 this week. The famous papyrus contains one of the earliest manuscripts of the New Testament, which dates back to the beginning of the 3rd century. It includes fragments from the Gospel of Luke (including chapter 11, where the Our Father is found) and the first fourteen chapters of John.
Jan 24, 2007 - 01:14 pm .- A billboard campaign in the Diocese of Madison has proven its effectiveness in assisting women in their decision not to have an abortion and in reaching out to women who have.
Jan 24, 2007 - 01:09 pm .- According to a poll by the Social Foundation of the University of Francisco de Vitoria, 25% of immigrants lose their faith after moving to Spain.
Jan 24, 2007 - 01:06 pm .- One of the parties involved in a recent scandal which saw the New York Time embarrassed over the publication of false information on abortion in Latin America is now launching an effort against a Nicaraguan law that prohibits so-called therapeutic abortion.
Jan 24, 2007 - 01:02 pm .- An Italian expert said this week the woman who posed for Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous Mona Lisa, also known as Gioconda, died in 1542 as a religious sister in a convent in Florence, where she also may have been buried.
Cardinal George calls archdiocese to be aware of the interaction of their Catholic faith and the secular cultureJan 24, 2007 - 12:59 pm .- In his weekly column in, “The Catholic New World,” Cardinal Francis George expressed his tremendous concern over “the deprogramming of Catholics” and the “great tension” Catholics experience between “how their culture shapes them and what their Catholic faith tells them to hold.”
Jan 24, 2007 - 12:36 pm .- Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has warned that 12 Catholic adoption agencies will be at risk of closure if the Blair administration enforces legislation, designed to give same-sex couples the same protection against discrimination under the law as ethnic minorities.
Jan 24, 2007 - 12:21 pm .- Today, on the Feast of St. Francis de Sales, Patron of Journalists, the Vatican made public Pope Benedict XVI’s message for the World Day for Social Communications. In his message the Holy Father energetically urges the media to aim at contributing to the formation rather than the corruption of children.The theme of this year’s Day of Communications, which will be celebrated on May 20th, is “Children and the Media: A Challenge for Education.” This theme, the Holy Father says in his message, “invites us to reflect on two related topics of immense importance. The formation of children is one. The other, perhaps less obvious but no less important, is the formation of the media.”
Jan 24, 2007 - 11:27 am .- For a second week Pope Benedict XVI dedicated his Wednesday General Audience to the theme of Christian Unity. The Holy Father laid out, for the faithful gathered in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, his Pontificate’s outlook on Ecumenical dialogue. Unity is something "that concerns the whole Church," said the Pope. By praying together "Christians become more aware of their status as brothers, though still divided."
Jan 24, 2007 - 09:58 am .- EWTN will air special Lenten programming and a dynamic new series in February, starting with the Ash Wednesday Mass, celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI, live on Feb. 21 at 11 a.m. (all times Eastern U.S.)