Apr 4, 2007 - 11:38 am .- Benedict XVI has written a letter to Cardinal Eduardo Martinez Somalo, Camerlengo (Chamberlain) of the Holy Roman Church, whose resignation from office was accepted today. The Holy Father also named Cardinal Martinez’s successor – Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.
Apr 4, 2007 - 11:17 am .- The Vatican announced this morning that on Friday, April 13th, Pope Benedict XVI’s first book will be released with a press conference. The book, titled “Jesus of Nazareth,” is certainly not the first written by the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, but the first released by him after his taking his seat on the Chair of Peter.
Apr 4, 2007 - 11:04 am .- The Catholic Bishops Joint Bio-ethics Committee — the group of experts form the Catholic Church in Britain and Ireland charged with monitoring bio-ethical issues — has welcomed news of a recent breakthrough in the treatment of heart disease using adult stem cells.
Apr 4, 2007 - 11:02 am .- Thousands of people will join the Catholic Church in the United States on Holy Saturday, April 7, having followed the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Thousands more will be welcomed into the Church on the same day around the world, a press release from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has announced.
Apr 4, 2007 - 11:00 am .- Italian bishops are worried that living wills could open the way for general acceptance of subtle forms of euthanasia.
Apr 4, 2007 - 10:57 am .- Local police have begun offer protection to the president of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa, because of threats made against him over his comments on the legalization of homosexual unions in Italy.
Apr 4, 2007 - 10:55 am .- Bishops of the ecclesiastical province of Monterrey in Mexico have expressed their concern and rejection of the legalization of abortion in Mexico City, which will be decided on April 24 and whose promoters are threatening to extend it to the entire country.
Apr 4, 2007 - 10:38 am .- Paying for an item with the new World Missions Visa Card will now allow shoppers to take everyday purchases and turn them into help for Catholic Church programs in more than 1,150 mission dioceses in the world's poorest countries.
Apr 4, 2007 - 10:10 am .- Pope Benedict XVI met on Monday with the president of Poland, Lech Kaczynski, who was visiting Rome for the celebrations in honor of John Paul II, the second anniversary of his death and the closing of the diocesan phase of his cause of beatification.
Apr 4, 2007 - 10:07 am .- The bishops of the Spanish region of Catalonia issued a statement this week in which they equated the “large terrorist acts” of recent years and the mistreatment of women with other “forms of violence” such as abortion and euthanasia, which attack the inalienable right to life of every human being.
Apr 4, 2007 - 10:05 am .- Sister Marie Simon Pierre, the French nun who was cured of Parkinson’s after praying for the intercession of John Paul II and whose case is under study for the late Pontiff’s beatification, said this week about her sudden cure “with faith all things are possible.”
Apr 4, 2007 - 09:45 am .- Pope Benedict XVI gathered today with tens of thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square on the day before the Church enters its most solemn and holy season. The Holy Father reminded the faithful that what the Holy Triduum celebrates Jesus Christ’s victory over sin and death. "What we are celebrating over the coming days," he said, "is the supreme confrontation between Light and Darkness, between Life and Death. We too must place ourselves in this context - aware of our own night, our own sins, our own responsibilities - if we wish to gain spiritual benefit from reliving the Paschal Mystery, which is the heart of our faith."