Feb 2, 2007 - 04:44 pm .- The Vatican made public today the liturgical schedule of Pope Benedict XVI between Ash Wednesday, which falls on Feb. 21st this year, and the Fourth Sunday of Easter. The schedule includes the Pontiff’s traditional Holy Week celebrations, a Pastoral visit within Italy, and a celebration of Pope Benedict’s 80th birthday.
Feb 2, 2007 - 11:59 am .- Lay-faithful are taking the lead in ground-breaking initiatives to spread the Gospel in one of Latin America’s most secular countries – Uruguay. Facing an acute shortage of priests, Bishop Luis del Castillo of Melo in north-east Uruguay, recently discussed how lay catechists are at the forefront of a plan to revitalise the faith in a country where 75 percent of people have been baptised but only five percent are regular Mass-goers.
Feb 2, 2007 - 11:52 am .- Cardinal Miroslav Vlk, archbishop of Prague, has asked authorities to investigate possible collaboration between priests and the communist-era secret service, Prague Radio said Thursday.
Feb 2, 2007 - 11:48 am .- Several African dioceses are organizing congresses in which families that participated in the 5th World Meeting of Families in Valencia (Spain) share their testimonies and the messages that Benedict XVI delivered during the event.
Feb 2, 2007 - 11:18 am .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Chile, Bishop Alejandro Goic of Rancagua, has issued a statement reiterating the position of the Church on the defense of human life and affirming that solutions to social problems such as teen pregnancy must come from “reinforcing the commitment of the family to educate their children in the proper use of sexuality.”
Feb 2, 2007 - 11:15 am .- The president of the Conference of Religious in Spain, Brother Alejandro Fernandez Barrajon, announced yesterday that the Spanish government has requested the Church’s assistance in helping 900 underage immigrants who have come to the Canary Islands. Brother Fernandez, said no agreement had yet been reached as to what the Church’s cooperation will look like.
Feb 2, 2007 - 11:06 am .- The coordinator of World Youth Day 2008 (WYD), Auxiliary Bishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney, announced this week that financial aid will be available for young people from poor countries who desire to attend the event.
Feb 2, 2007 - 11:02 am .- Former Catholic Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo has been secretly staying in Seoul to study the theology of the Unification Church, founded by the controversial Rev. Sun-Myung Moon, South Korea’s “The Hankyoreh,” divulged yesterday. Milingo’s relationship with the Rev. Moon first became public when the self proclaimed “second Messiah” officiated a marriage between Milingo and Maria Sung, a woman who is a member of the Unification Church. Milingo, who has excommunicated himself from the Catholic Church, is now reportedly learning Korean to study with Moon.
Feb 2, 2007 - 10:54 am .- The Vietnamese Communist government and the Vatican will discuss the possibility of establishing official diplomatic relations, following the Jan. 25 meeting between Vietnam's prime minister and the Pope.
Holy See suspends Bishop Lugo from episcopal office but does not release him for political candidacyFeb 2, 2007 - 09:46 am .- Through a declaration made public from the Congregation for Bishops yesterday, the Vatican has suspended, “a divinis” the Bishop Emeritus of San Pedro, Paraguay, Fernando Lugo, following his decision to run for his country's presidency in 2008.
Feb 2, 2007 - 08:44 am .- At midday today, at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter's Basilica, the Pope presided at the funeral of Cardinal Antonio Maria Javierre Ortas S.D.B., prefect emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, who died yesterday in Rome - a few weeks before his 86th birthday.