Archive of March 6, 2007

Kremlin confirms upcoming meeting between Pope Benedict and President Putin

Mar 6, 2007 - 07:32 pm .- Russian President Vladimir Putin has an official meeting scheduled with Pope Benedict XVI during the head-of-state's upcoming trip to Italy and Greek, Russian news sources have confirmed.  The Holy Father and the Russian President will meet on March 13th.

Council of Andalusia authorizes euthanasia for handicapped Spanish woman

Mar 6, 2007 - 02:14 pm .- In a controversial case in which the distinction between euthanasia and the discontinuation of extraordinary medical treatment has been blurred, the government of the Spanish region of Andalusia has authorized a woman suffering from muscular dystrophy to disconnect the respirator that is keeping her alive.

Chinese government blames Vatican for lack of diplomatic relations

Mar 6, 2007 - 02:13 pm .- The director of the China’s State Bureau of Religious Affairs, Ye Xiaowen, has insisted on blaming the Vatican for the lack of progress in the restoration of diplomatic ties with his country and he said the breach with the Holy See “is still great.”

Salvadoran archbishop calls for halt to negative campaign against Guatemala

Mar 6, 2007 - 01:58 pm .- Archbishop Fernando Saenz Lacalle of San Salvador has called for a halt to the “negative campaign against Guatemala” which has resulted from the murder three weeks ago of three Salvadoran lawmakers who were participating in the Central American Parliament.  Agents from Guatemalan security forces have been proven responsible for the killings.

World seems to have no need for God, says Argentinean bishop

Mar 6, 2007 - 01:53 pm .- Bishop Ruben Frassia of Avellaneda said this week “the world appears to no longer have any time for God,” and he called on the faithful to be converted during this time of Lent.”

German cardinal says Holy Land should not become ‘living museum’

Mar 6, 2007 - 01:21 pm .- The president of the German Bishops Conference said the Holy Land must not become “a living museum of Christianity.”

Church leaders urge Vietnamese government to return shrine property

Mar 6, 2007 - 12:13 pm .- Local Church leaders have petitioned the government to resolve a land dispute involving the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Vang in central Vietnam.

Knights of Columbus to launch 125th anniversary year

Mar 6, 2007 - 12:08 pm .- The Knights of Columbus will launch its 125th anniversary year with a Mass on March 29th, where the world’s largest international lay organization was founded — St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn.

Pope Benedict appoints new bishops for two U.S. Dioceses

Mar 6, 2007 - 12:00 pm .- The Press Office of the Holy See announced this morning Pope Benedict XVI’s appointment of bishops for two U.S. dioceses.  Bishop Kevin Farrell will be the new Bishop of Dallas and Monsignor Glenn Provost will take the helm of the Diocese of Lake Charles.

Apostolic Exhortation on the Eucharist one week away, Vatican announces

Mar 6, 2007 - 11:17 am .- After over a year of work, the Holy See will release the post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on the Eucharist, titled “Sacramentum Caritatis,” on Tuesday, March 13th.  The document, which flows from the 11th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, held in October of 2005, has been highly anticipated in ecclesiastical circles.A press conference for the document’s release will be held in the Press Office of the Holy See, led by Cardinal Angelo Scola, patriarch of Venice and relator general of the 11th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, and Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops.

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