Apr 2, 2007 - 11:00 pm .- Presiding at a Mass Monday afternoon in St. Peter’s Basilica to commemorate the second anniversary of the death of John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI remarked that “the fragrance of his love has ‘filled the whole house,’ that is, the whole Church.” Before the thousands of pilgrims gathered - many of them Polish - along with various Cardinals, Bishops, and others, the Holy Father recalled that this second anniversary of Pope John Paul’s death falls in the midst of Holy Week. The Holy Father noted that today’s Gospel speaks of Mary of Bethany’s anointing of the feet of Jesus with aromatic oils (Jn 12:1-9).
Apr 2, 2007 - 11:02 am .- Pope Benedict XVI will attend a meeting with representatives of the Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities of different denominations during his visit to Brazil in May, an official has revealed.
Apr 2, 2007 - 10:59 am .- “What is good for the family is good for the country.” With these words, Giovanni Giacobbe, presented plans for a protest at St. John Lateran’s Square on May 12 against a proposed law that would legalize homosexual unions in Italy.
Alter 14 centuries without a place of worship, construction of first Catholic Church in Qatar underwayApr 2, 2007 - 10:54 am .- After fourteen centuries without a place of worship, the Catholic Church in Qatar, a majority Muslim country, will soon have its first parish in the capital of Doha, which will be dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary.
Apr 2, 2007 - 10:52 am .- The Czech government and the Catholic Church have reached an agreement on joint administration of the Cathedral of St. Vito in Prague, which was expropriated by the Communist regime in 1954.
Apr 2, 2007 - 10:21 am .- Meeting with a group of artisans Saturday, in the Vatican’s Paul VI Auditorium, Pope Benedict XVI recalled that work is a gift from God for man, but that man has a primacy over the work of his hands.
Apr 2, 2007 - 09:32 am .- As anticipated, the Diocese of Rome officially concluded its investigation into the life, virtues and fame of sanctity of Servant of God John Paul II with a ceremony at midday today, in the Basilica of St. John Lateran. The conclusion of the diocesan investigation is the first step in the process of beatification of the late pontiff who died on April 2, 2005.
Apr 2, 2007 - 08:53 am .- On Sunday morning in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father presided at a solemn liturgical celebration for Palm Sunday and the Passion of the Lord, which marks the beginning of Holy Week. The Holy Father blessed the palms and the olives and, following a procession from the obelisk in the square to the altar, celebrated the Eucharist. The Eucharistic liturgy was attended by 50,000 pilgrims, the majority of them young people from Rome and other dioceses currently celebrating 22nd World Youth Day, which has as its theme this year: "Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another."
Apr 2, 2007 - 08:40 am .- Speaking recently to the Religious Information Service of Italy (SIR), Bishop Shlemon Warduni, Auxiliary Chaldean Bishop of Baghdad (Babylon), expressed his continued concern over the current security situation in Iraq and its possible implications for Holy Week liturgies. Bishop Warduni said, however, that the Easter season will offer newfound hope for Christians in the war-torn region.
Apr 2, 2007 - 07:47 am .- The first edition of L'Osservatore Romano in a non-European language was launched today at an official function in Thiruvananthapuram, India.
Apr 2, 2007 - 07:45 am .- Christian leaders in India are protesting the decision of the National Commission for Minorities, after it intentionally left out the minority Christian community from a national survey of educational status. The survey includes three other minority groups in India — Sikhs, Buddhists, and Parsis.
Apr 2, 2007 - 07:41 am .- The United States is deeply troubled by an eight-year prison sentence that was handed to a Vietnamese Catholic priest last week, said State Department spokesman Sean McCormack on Friday.
Apr 2, 2007 - 07:37 am .- The Catholic bishops of Zimbabwe issued a pastoral letter on Palm Sunday, calling for a new constitution that will help the southern African country emerge from its current crisis.