Mar 12, 2007 - 05:50 pm .- During an interview with Vatican Radio, the new president of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa, said that when a Catholic “is convinced of the ideas of the faith and therefore, of reason, the rest must be respected, even in diversity, with a non-aggressive but serene and challenging attitude.”
Mar 12, 2007 - 05:08 pm .- The Holy Father’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday will be the first meeting between the president and this Pope and the highest-level Kremlin-Vatican talks in more than three years. Many are also hoping it will be a meeting of hope for Catholic-Orthodox relations and for the condition of Catholics in Russia. Archbishop Antonio Mennini, Apostolic Nuncio to Russia, told Vatican Radio that the visit "certainly will be a portent of good fruits in further relations between the Holy See and the Russian Federation, to the advantage as well of the Catholic Church in Russia." Archbishop Mennini also said that the meeting between Pope Benedict and President Putin is likely to benefit the Catholic-Orthodox relations in Russia.
Mar 12, 2007 - 02:02 pm .- The Vatican announced this weekend, by way of the Press Office of the Holy See, that Pope Benedict XVI will spend his summer vacation days in the mountains of Northwest Italy.
Mar 12, 2007 - 01:54 pm .- While it is “impermissible to make any connection between Nazi policies directed at Jews and the current Israeli policy towards the Palestinians,” the German bishops cannot be silent about conditions in Palestine, said Ulrich Pöner, director of the German Bishops’ Conference Department for International Church Affairs and Migration.
Mar 12, 2007 - 01:45 pm .- The president of the European Network of the Institute for Family Policy, Lola Velarde, said this week there is an urgent need to create a European Alliance of the Family in response to the current crisis in Europe, which has become an old continent with an increasing number of broken homes.
Mar 12, 2007 - 01:30 pm .- The Portuguese Congress has approved a law that legalizes abortion up to the tenth week of pregnancy, despite that fact that the results of a recent referendum were non-binding due to low voter turnout.
Mar 12, 2007 - 12:29 pm .- The National Conference of Bishops of Brazil has issued a strongly-worded response to President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who insinuated last week that the Church is hypocritical for opposing the distribution of condoms as a principal means of preventing AIDS.
Mar 12, 2007 - 12:12 pm .- Interreligious dialogue allows the people of different religions each to witness to their faith and religious experience and to grow in greater understanding of each other. However, participants in this dialogue need not abdicate their beliefs in the process, said Cardinal Ivan Dias.
Mar 12, 2007 - 11:57 am .- In an interview with the Spanish weekly “Alba,” the Archbishop of Toledo, Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, said, “Like Europe, Spain will either be Christian or it won’t.”
Mar 12, 2007 - 11:34 am .- A Holy See delegation led by Msgr. Pietro Parolin, under-secretary for Relations with States, today returned to Rome after a week-long visit to Vietnam. According to a report released by the Vatican Information Service today, concrete steps have been taken on the way to normalizing Vietnamese-Vatican diplomatic relations. Msgr. Parolin said he of the most import parts of the trip was the delegation’s visit with local Catholics.
Cross of Christ illuminates all Christian wisdom, Pope Benedict tells European and Asian university studentsMar 12, 2007 - 11:29 am .- On Saturday the Holy Father gathered by way of satellite link with thousands of university students from around Europe and Asia. Pope Benedict XVI joined a prayer vigil in the Paul VI Hall for the occasion of the fifth European Day for Universities. The Pope reminded the thousands of students gathered at the Vatican, as well as those joining him by satellite link that the Cross of Christ serves to illuminate all wisdom and learning for Christian students and teachers. The initiative for universities was promoted by the Council of European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE) and the vicariate of Rome's office for pastoral care in universities. This year’s them was: "Intellectual charity, the way to renewed cooperation between Europe and Asia."
Mar 12, 2007 - 07:53 am .- Physician assisted suicide is contrary to the medical profession and, if legalized, would lead to more deaths among the most vulnerable members of society, warned the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) in a statement released last week.