Feb 8, 2007 - 03:50 pm .- In a forceful editorial this week, Archbishop Ovidio Perez Morales, one of the most respected Church leaders in Venezuela denounced the march towards totalitarianism that the current government has undertaken. The Archbishop Emeritus of Los Teques, cited a definition of totalitarianism offered by John Paul II, saying that it “destroys the fundamental freedom of man and violates his rights.”
Feb 8, 2007 - 03:09 pm .- In a brief but firm communiqué Thursday morning, Father Federico Lombardi S.J., Director of the Holy See’s Press Office, denied the validity of a story in the Italian daily "La Stampa." Lombardi said the story’s purported “revelations” which claimed that the Vatican Secretary of State has agreed to a request from the government of Italy to keep quiet on social issues and that the Holy See is receiving pressure from certain bishops over the appointment of the next President of the Italian Episcopal Conference are both false.
Feb 8, 2007 - 12:52 pm .- Preaching chastity and fidelity are “the only way” to tackle an AIDS pandemic sweeping Zambia, according to a nun who has set up a hospice for people infected by HIV. Sister Maria Crucis Beards recently spelled out the ineffectiveness of condoms and how the devices actually encourage promiscuity.
Feb 8, 2007 - 12:06 pm .- In a message to the faithful on the occasion of the beginning of the 2007 school year in Costa Rica, Archbishop Hugo Barrantes Urena of San Jose said that Catholic education is a fundamental instrument of the Church for evangelization.
Feb 8, 2007 - 12:05 pm .- Cardinal Miguel Obando y Bravo, Archbishop Emeritus of Managua, said this week that he was open to accepting a proposal made by Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega to head up a Peace and Reconciliation Commission, and said he would submit his decision to the Holy See for its approval.
Feb 8, 2007 - 12:02 pm .- In comments this week about a controversial school course which the Spanish government wants mandated throughout the country, Cardinal Antonio Cañizares of Toledo said, “Education for Citizenship is terribly bad, not only because of its content, but also because it disfigures the truth about man.”
Feb 8, 2007 - 11:22 am .- Family Life International says an increasing number of elderly New Zealanders are concerned about being euthanized by medical staff.
Feb 8, 2007 - 10:57 am .- The Pope today received participants in the annual meeting of bishops, friends of the "Focolare" movement, who are considering the theme: "Christ crucified and abandoned, light in the cultural night," and participants in the ninth congress of bishops, friends of the Sant'Egidio Community, who are studying the question: "The globalization of love." The Pope told the bishops that their closeness to these movements "highlights the vitality of new groupings of the faithful, and expresses the communion between charisms that constitutes a typical 'sign of the times.'"
Feb 8, 2007 - 10:30 am .- Bishop Vojtech Cikrle, Bishop of Brno, Moravia, spoke with Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) recently, telling the Catholic charity that the Catholic Church in the Czech Republic remains in bad shape.
Feb 8, 2007 - 08:59 am .- The Archdiocese of Milwaukee will cooperate with a judge’s order to release 3,000 pages of insurance records and confidential files related to a priest who had been convicted of molestation.
Feb 8, 2007 - 08:56 am .- Students across the United States and around the world will be celebrating St. Valentine's Day by educating their peers on the value of sexual purity.
Feb 8, 2007 - 08:48 am .- Portugal's top cleric urged followers to reject abortion as the predominantly Catholic country heads into a weekend referendum on whether to do away with the country's pro-life legislation.