Feb 1, 2007 - 05:37 pm .- President George W. Bush spoke this morning at the 55th National Prayer Breakfast. The U.S. President told the crowd of government officials, legislators, and dignitaries that despite the fact that the country is made up of people of many different faiths, “we are a nation of prayer.”
Feb 1, 2007 - 04:48 pm .- Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Birmingham spoke publicly today for the first time since Tony Blair announced that Roman Catholic adoption agencies would not be exempt from a new law requiring agencies to place children with homosexual couples. The archbishop said he still holds out hope that an agreement can be reached that would keep Catholic agencies open in the United Kingdom. The Prime Minister announced on Monday evening that there would be no exemptions to new “anti-discrimination” legislation that would grant to homosexual couples the right to seek an adopted child at any facility in the U.K. Blair granted Catholic institutions nearly two years to adapt to the new law, or face closure.
Feb 1, 2007 - 11:12 am .- The publication of an international journal in the United States to support small Christian communities living in predominantly Muslim countries was recently launched at the United Nations with a panel of religious experts from Catholicism, Islam, and Judaism.
Feb 1, 2007 - 11:02 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of the Dominican Republic has asked the government commission charged with reforming the country’s Constitution to “clearly define” the identity of the nation, which was forged out of a Catholic faith that “inspired national sovereignty,” and to establish respect for the right to life conception to natural death.
Feb 1, 2007 - 10:55 am .- The new Chief Justice of the Uruguayan Supreme Court, Sara Bossio, who will assume the post on February 1, has said she supports the legalization of abortion in Uruguay.
Feb 1, 2007 - 10:41 am .- A group of Polish politicians have joined with Radio María to present new legislation to protect priests from false accusations and slander. Under the proposed law, priests in Poland would have the same judicial protection provided to other public officials, thus maintaining their good name and reputation before any groundless slander or defamation.
Feb 1, 2007 - 10:40 am .- The Vatican on Wednesday defended the choice of Doubleday to publish Pope Benedict's XVI new book, "Jesus of Nazareth", in North America. It underlined that Doubleday has previously published works by Popes John XXIII and John Paul II as well as "The Catechism of the Catholic Church."
Feb 1, 2007 - 10:36 am .- The liturgical renewal in the Church, which includes a revision of the English translation of the Latin Missal, will contribute to the missionary impulse of the Church, said Archbishop Mark Benedict Coleridge of Canberra, this week.
Feb 1, 2007 - 10:28 am .- The South Dakota House of Representatives yesterday introduced a new abortion ban for the state, this time carrying harsher penalties. The new bill increases punishment for illegal abortion to a class 4 felony, punishable by 10 years in prison.
Feb 1, 2007 - 10:14 am .- Today in the Vatican, Benedict XVI received a delegation from the Foundation for Inter-religious and Inter-cultural Research and Dialogue, led by their president, Metropolitan Archbishop Damskinos of Adrianoupoli. Among the members of the delegation was also His Royal Highness Prince Hassan of Jordan.
Feb 1, 2007 - 10:12 am .- The Press Office of the Holy See re-released today a speech given by Archbishop Celestino Migliore to the United Nations in mid-December. The speech by the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the U.N. in New York declares the Vatican’s refusal to sign a document which claims to support the rights of individuals with disabilities, but includes a provision supporting the abortion of babies, including those with disabilities. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which was initially protested by Archbishop Migliore on December 13th, 2006 is due to be signed by member States on March 30.
Feb 1, 2007 - 10:09 am .- Today in the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI received members of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between Catholics and Orthodox, which is currently holding its fourth plenary meeting. The Pontiff thanked the group for their work and offered particular words of encouragement for those prelates who reside in the Middle East.