Feb 20, 2007 - 08:44 pm .- Leaders of the worldwide Anglican Communion, meeting this week in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, have issued an ultimatum to the Episcopal Church of the United States, demanding an end to the appointment of gay clergy and the blessing of same-sex couples.
Feb 20, 2007 - 07:38 pm .- The Latin patriarch of Jerusalem, Michel Sabbah, said Lent reminds Christians in the Holy Land that military occupation, the limitation of freedom, the lack of security, and violation of the laws can be turned into an opportunity for new life.
Feb 20, 2007 - 01:12 pm .- At the same time that he acknowledged “very encouraging progress” in the area of ecumenism- especially in dialogue with the Orthodox Churches - the president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, Cardinal Walter Kasper, said this week in Barcelona that “dialogue has stalled in some way,” as “we have now arrived at the firm core of our ecclesiological differences.”
Feb 20, 2007 - 01:08 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of Spain is preparing a “great ceremony of beatification” for more than 200 martyrs of the Spanish Civil War, which could take place throughout 2009, when the 70th anniversary of the end of the conflict is observed.
Feb 20, 2007 - 12:16 pm .- The Press Office of the Holy See announced today that Sheikh Mohammed Sayyed Tantawi, Grand Imam of al-Azhar and the leading Muslim official in Egypt, has accepted Pope Benedict XVI’s invitation to visit the Vatican.
Feb 20, 2007 - 11:25 am .- The prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, said he thought it was a “very good” idea to request a waiver of the five year waiting period before the process of beatification of Sister Lucia could begin, but that this would be decided by Pope Benedict XVI.
Feb 20, 2007 - 10:04 am .- The Diocese of Richmond has distributed tamper-proof money bags to parishes to ensure that the money donated during Sunday collections goes where it is intended.
Feb 20, 2007 - 10:02 am .- A Catholic Action conference next month in Madrid will consider the future of Europe and of Christianity on the “old continent.”
Feb 20, 2007 - 09:54 am .- Made public this morning from the Vatican, was the translation of a question and answer session Pope Benedict XVI held with the seminarians at Rome’s Major Pontifical Seminary. The Holy Father visited the seminary on Saturday evening to celebrate the feast of its patroness, Our Lady of Trust. During the meeting, the Pope responded to six questions addressed to him by seminarians from various dioceses of Italy.
Feb 20, 2007 - 09:39 am .- Reports about plans of imminent reunification of the Anglican and Catholic Churches under the Pope are largely exaggerated, said the two chairmen of the International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission (IARCCUM).