Mar 5, 2007 - 03:49 pm .- Sensational and inaccurate media reports about a document describing the status of Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue regarding Christian unity are “not helpful to the task of preserving and strengthening inter-church relations,” said Cardinal George Pell over the weekend. The Cardinal-Archbishop of Sydney also discussed the interaction of Christians and Muslims in the world at a recent panel discussion he took part in.
Mar 5, 2007 - 01:08 pm .- A delegation officially led by the Vatican’s Undersecrary of State for Relations With States, Monsignor Pietro Parolin has begun its highly anticipated visit to Vietnam. The delegation’s visit is the next step in a process to reestablish diplomatic relations between the Holy See and the Communist nation.
Mar 5, 2007 - 12:52 pm .- Bishop Adolfo Urinoa warned last week of the faith of the people faces a “situation of urgency” and that Catholics need “to be disciples today, here and now.”
Pontifical Missionary Works in Italy publishes pamphlet for 15th Day of Prayer and Fasting for missionary martyrsMar 5, 2007 - 12:48 pm .- The Missionary Youth Movement of the Italian Pontifical Missionary Works has published a pamphlet entitled, “Murdered Missionaries: Hope for the World,” in order to mark the 15th Day of Prayer and Fasting for martyred missionaries, which will take place on March 24.
Mar 5, 2007 - 12:30 pm .- An independent journalist has published a bold article on the role that Communist Cuba’s Office of Religious Affairs has played in obstructing the faith.
Mar 5, 2007 - 12:29 pm .- The official archeologist for the community of Avila, Spain, Rosa Ruiz Entrecanales, said this week that excavators have discovered the ruins of what could be the oldest early-Christian church in that city. Initial studies indicate that the church dates to the 4th or 5th century, during the times of Priscilian, the first Bishop of Avila.
Mar 5, 2007 - 11:25 am .- The Discovery Channel has announced that it will not broadcast the “The Lost Tomb of Jesus” in India after protests from various Christian groups, led by the Mumbai-based Catholic Secular Forum, the India Catholic News Service reports.
Mar 5, 2007 - 11:22 am .- This weekend at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI received members of the research and executive committees of the Paul VI Institute of Brescia, Italy. The group was founded in 1979 and promotes studies into the life, thought and activities of Pope Paul VI, who governed the Church from 1963 to 1978.
Mar 5, 2007 - 10:50 am .- World Youth Day 2008 organizers have officially opened group registrations for the international Catholic youth event, to be held in Sydney, Australia, next July 15 to 20.
Mar 5, 2007 - 09:57 am .- Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, based in San Jose, performed 22,685 abortions over two years — 2005 and 2006 — and most of these procedures were taxpayer-funded, according to a report published in the California Catholic Daily.