Feb 6, 2007 - 03:55 pm .- The Holy See has confirmed that on Sunday, March 18th, Pope Benedict XVI is planning a pastoral visit to Rome’s juvenile detention center. Father Federico Lombardi, S.J., Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, confirmed that the Holy Father plans to visit the Casal del Marmo jail next month.Fr. Lombardi noted that while this will be the first prison visit conducted by Pope Benedict, the Pontiff is following in the steps of is predecessors, beginning with Pope John XXIII. Both John XXIII and Pope Paul VI visited the Regina Coeli Prison in Rome.
Feb 6, 2007 - 12:48 pm .- According to a report offered yesterday by the Save the Children humanitarian organization, at least 1,500 child soldiers are still in the ranks of the notorious Ugandan rebel group the Lord’s Resistance Army LRA and another 10,000 remain missing.
Feb 6, 2007 - 12:45 pm .- Archbishop Guillermo Jose Garlatti of Bahia Blanca has opened the cause for beatification of the Servant of God, Maria Cecilia Perrin de Buide who refused cancer treatments in order save her unborn daughter Augustina.
Feb 6, 2007 - 12:30 pm .- The Institute for Family Policy in Spain announced this week that in addition to promoting a series of measures in support of the family in Europe among various European administrations and international organizations, it would also organize the First Report on the Evolution of the Family in Latin America.
Feb 6, 2007 - 12:01 pm .- The Archbishop of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Cardinal Julio Terrazas Sandoval, has called for a cease to “the discourses of death and of confrontation” between Bolivians and for an openness to dialogue in order that a solution may be found to yet another violent conflict in the country.
Feb 6, 2007 - 11:54 am .- Members of the movement Communion and Liberation will have an audience with Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s Square on March 24 in order to mark the 25th anniversary of their Pontifical recognition.
Feb 6, 2007 - 11:15 am .- Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed an executive on Friday mandating that Texan girls, starting in September 2008, receive a vaccination against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) before entering sixth grade.
Feb 6, 2007 - 11:12 am .- The New Evangelization calls Christians to go fearlessly into the heart of culture and invite people to come to know and love Christ, said Archbishop Jose Gomez of San Antonio.
Feb 6, 2007 - 10:39 am .- About half of a proposed $48-million settlement would go to victims of clergy sexual abuse while lawyers are due to receive the other half, according to a settlement plan filed last week in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The Diocese of Spokane’s 92-page disclosure statement in U.S. Bankruptcy Court said the Church’s bankruptcy lawyers are owed about $7 million, leaving $41 million to compensate victims. However, nearly half of the $41 million will be taken by lawyers of the victims.
Feb 6, 2007 - 10:07 am .- Late yesterday afternoon, the Apostolic Penitentiary published a decree announcing the concession of indulgences to the faithful for the World Day of the Sick, which is celebrated every year on February 11, Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. This year, the Day will be celebrated in Seoul, Korea. The decree from the Vatican includes provisions for the elderly and sick who are unable to celebrate the Day of the Sick and encourages all the faithful to offer special prayers for the infirm.