Mar 26, 2007 - 07:22 pm .- The Holy See’s Undersecretary for Relations with States, Monsignor Pietro Parolin, addressed an international conference sponsored by the United Nations Committee for the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People last week on behalf of the Holy See. Msgr. Parolin told the group, who was meeting in Rome to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, that the Holy See maintains a strong conviction that Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the Holy Land can work together to bring peace in the region. Parolin began by noting the positive steps which have occurred of late, bringing an end to “several months of severe, armed and violent conflict, which resulted in many victims, often innocent ones, among the Palestinian people who have already suffered so much.”
Mar 26, 2007 - 11:13 am .- At midday Saturday in St. Peter's Square, the Pope met with more than 80,000 people from 50 countries who are taking part in a pilgrimage organized by the Communion and Liberation association (CL). The event is being held to mark the 35th anniversary of pontifical recognition for the association.
Mar 26, 2007 - 11:07 am .- Benedict XVI received cardinals, bishops, parliamentarians and other participants in a congress promoted by the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community (COMECE), on Friday. The event is being held to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome on March 25, 1957. The Pope recalled how over these fifty years the continent has travelled a long journey leading "to the reconciliation of the two 'lungs,' East and West, joined by a shared history and arbitrarily separated by a curtain of injustice." And he referred to the search, "still painstakingly underway, for an adequate institutional structure for the European Union, which ... aspires to be a global player."
Mar 26, 2007 - 11:04 am .- The Archbishop of Havana, Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino, has called on priests, parents and teachers to combat the spread of hedonism that is making inroads among young people with education that favors “the path to true love.”
Mar 26, 2007 - 11:01 am .- The Vatican’s top foreign diplomat, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, said the Holy See would not support any expansion policy of the European Union that would threaten “the principles and values forged by Christianity and that have made Europe a beacon of civilization for the world.”
Mar 26, 2007 - 10:57 am .- Visiting the international headquarters to Aid to the Church in Need recently, Father Benno Benes SDB a former Provincial of the Salesian Brothers requested prayers for the people of the Czech Republic, who he said are in danger of loosing their faith as society is increasingly liberalized.
Mar 26, 2007 - 10:55 am .- A delegation of the Bishops’ Conference of Nicaragua met with the country’s Supreme Court on March 21st to express the importance of maintaining laws that protect the life of the unborn and penalize illegal abortions, including so-called therapeutic abortion.
Mar 26, 2007 - 10:52 am .- In response to the constant wave of blasphemous attacks against Jesus and the Virgin Mary in Spain, the association “Amistad en Cristo” has been founded to make reparation.
Mar 26, 2007 - 09:51 am .- Little Marcela de Jesus Galante Ferreira has broken all the records of survival. The anencephaly she suffers should have caused her death hours or days after birth, but to the amazement of many, she is now four months old, becoming the new pro-life symbol in Brazil and the most uncomfortable celebrity for some pro-abortionists who have criticized doctors for helping the infant.
Mar 26, 2007 - 08:25 am .- Adult faith formation programs in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee will have a new home at the John Paul II Center as of July 1. Archbishop Timothy Dolan announced his vision for the center last spring, after announcing that academic formation of priests would no longer take place at Saint Francis Seminary. Planning began immediately.
Mar 26, 2007 - 08:23 am .- Calling access to adequate health care a basic human right, the leaders of three national Catholic organizations have urged Congress to strengthen and expand a federal health program that provides health insurance coverage for children.
Mar 26, 2007 - 08:19 am .- The Committee on Doctrine of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has declared that pamphlets published by Professor Daniel Maguire of theology at Marquette University on contraception, abortion, and same-sex marriage, “do not present authentic Catholic teaching.”
Mar 26, 2007 - 08:18 am .- Thousands of men packed Calihan Hall at the University of Detroit Mercy for the Catholic Men's Conference on Saturday. The event offered the 3,000 men who visited the fifth annual conference throughout the day an opportunity to grow in their personal relationships with God and to make a firmer commitment to living their faith.
Mar 26, 2007 - 08:14 am .- On Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI paid a pastoral visit to the Roman Church of Saint Felicity and the Children Martyrs. After the reading of the Gospel, his Holiness addressed those present with a brief homily, encouraging them to continue the renewal of their parish and their personal lives, by the Grace which God provides. The Pope opened noted the many problems faced by men and women today, “situations,” he said, “that demand your constant testimony to the love of God.” This love of God is manifested in “Christ, crucified, and risen, Who embraces the world without distinction of race or culture.”