Feb 12, 2007 - 05:22 pm .- Monday morning, Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B. presented the Holy Father with the 2007 edition of the "Annuario Pontificio," or pontifical yearbook. According to the stats compiled in the new book, the percentage of the world which is Catholic remained unchanged, while the number of priests slightly increased. According to the yearbook’s newly compiled stats for the years between 2004 and 2005, the number of Catholics increasing in the world from 1,098 million to 1,115 million, a growth of 1.5 percent. However, because this growth is very similar to that of the population of the planet (1.2 percent), the percentage of Catholics in the world remained substantially unchanged at 17.2 percent.
Feb 12, 2007 - 12:32 pm .- Archbishop Baltazar Porras Cardozo of Merida has criticized the Hugo Chavez regime for its ambiguity and urged the government, “rather than worrying about the Venezuelan-style 21st century socialism,” to address such urgent problems as unemployment, the quality of education, and national security.
Feb 12, 2007 - 12:28 pm .- Bishop Felix Lazaro of Ponce said recently that new changes to the Civil Code regarding the family scheduled to be debated in the Legislative Assembly this week “are an aberration, an attack on human dignity.”
Feb 12, 2007 - 12:27 pm .- The Press Office of the Bishops’ Conference of Mexico has issued a statement saying it is “necessary and urgent” that the country’s Constitution be updated on the basis of a “reconsideration” of human dignity, in order to “bring the social trials our country is experiencing to a happy ending.”
Feb 12, 2007 - 12:16 pm .- At the conclusion of the 15th annual World Day of the Sick, Pope Benedict XVI addressed a large group of infirm pilgrims who had gathered in St. Peter’s Basilica for a late Sunday Mass with Cardinal Camillo Ruini. The Holy Father reiterated themes from his weekly Angelus message, encouraging the pilgrims to offer their sufferings to the Father and to remember that Christ and the Christian community are with them.
Feb 12, 2007 - 11:39 am .- Archbishop John Myers of Newark is well known for his authoring of numerous pastoral letters on subjects from the Eucharist, to the family, to terrorism. But the archbishop has put his pen to paper to tackle a different genre of writing — science fiction.
Feb 12, 2007 - 11:24 am .- A Catholic mother and a law professor are proposing that couples entering a religious marriage sign a simple contract designed to give marriage safeguards that civil law no longer provides.
Feb 12, 2007 - 11:18 am .- More than 120 young people attended a prayer meeting at St. Andrew’s Parish church, organized by the Archdiocese of Hong Kong’s Commission for Vocations. According to the Fides News Service, the prayer meeting, held Jan. 21, focused on God’s love for humanity and humanity’s response of love for God. The theme was: “I truly love you.”
Feb 12, 2007 - 11:15 am .- Archbishop Raymond Roussin of Vancouver is speaking up and threatening to take action after Canadian cell-provider Telus announced its decision to make pornographic photos and videos available through its cell phones.
Feb 12, 2007 - 09:42 am .- The Socialist Prime Minister of Portugal, Jose Socrates, conceded late on Sunday that despite his party’s tremendous efforts to grant broader access to abortion in the country, a pro-abortion referendum has failed to pass due to insufficient voter participation.