Feb 5, 2007 - 07:09 pm .- A day after the Super Bowl of American football, the Pope tackled an increasingly prevalent problem in the other sport known as football. Speaking by way of a telegram delivered by his Secretary of State, Pope Benedict XVI condemned all forms of violence surrounding soccer - the sport known as football in the rest of the world. "In reiterating his firm condemnation of all forms of violence that disfigure the world of football, the Holy Father exhorts its protagonists to promote respect for legality with greater determination, favoring loyalty, solidarity and healthy competitiveness,” Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone wrote on Monday.
Feb 5, 2007 - 03:23 pm .- The President of the Italian Conference of Catholic Bishops celebrated a memorial Mass in Trabzon, Turkey, today for an Italian priest who was murdered there last year.
Feb 5, 2007 - 03:22 pm .- Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis will lead a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico, from June 4 to 9. The archdiocese has planned the trip in honor of the Patroness of the Americas.
Feb 5, 2007 - 02:34 pm .- Archbishop Oscar Lipscomb expressed his gratitude and relief after having had his episcopal crosier returned to him this past weeked. The crosier, along with several other items was stolen from his car on Christmas Eve.
Feb 5, 2007 - 02:33 pm .- The Franciscan Custodians of the Holy Land are hoping to stem the exodus of Christians from the Holy Land with a project that will construct 70 new homes in Jerusalem for poor Christian families, the Fides news agency has reported.
Feb 5, 2007 - 02:14 pm .- Bishop Luis Felipe Gallardo Martin del Campo of Veracruz is calling on local officials not to approve a new law for the state of Veracruz that would legalize gay unions and make them equivalent to marriage.
Feb 5, 2007 - 02:06 pm .- The Archbishop of Khartoum in the Sudan, Cardinal Gabriel Zubeir Wako, has called on the Sudanese government to defend and promote human rights in the troubled African nation.
Feb 5, 2007 - 02:01 pm .- Vatican Radio reported this weekend that Archbishop Jose Meng Ziwen of Nanning died on Saturday in the province of Guang Xi.
Feb 5, 2007 - 01:58 pm .- On Saturday Pope Benedict XVI met with various members of congregations, institutes, societies of apostolic life, and new forms of consecrated life, for the occasion of the World Day of Consecrated Life, an annual celebration instituted by John Paul II. The Holy Father acknowledged, before the many religious gathered, that there is a tremendous, “need to meet God,” in the present age and encouraged all religious to proclaim to the world, “that God is the Lord of existence.”
Feb 5, 2007 - 01:40 pm .- In preparation for this year’s World Youth Day, to be celebrated on Palm Sunday, April 1st, in all Catholic Dioceses of the world, Pope Benedict XVI offered a reflection on the theme, “Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” The Holy Father challenged the world’s Catholic youth to look at Christ’s love demonstrated on the Cross and to “dare to love,” through a life of service, prayer, and charity. The Holy Father also invited young people to take the opportunity of this year’s diocesan-based World Youth Day to prepare for 2008’s gathering in Sydney, Australia.