Apr 9, 2007 - 01:52 pm .- Today, at midday, Pope Benedict XVI marked Easter Monday with the praying of the Regina Coeli, the Marian prayer which replaces the Angelus during the Easter Season. Speaking from his balcony at Castelgandolfo, the Pope reminded the faithful that those who have encountered the resurrected Christ and who believe, have nothing to fear. After presiding over Easter Morning Mass yesterday in St. Peter’s Square and following a long week of liturgies and prayers, the Holy Father departed for the Papal retreat in the small village near Rome. He will remain at Castelgandolfo until Saturday.
Apr 9, 2007 - 10:17 am .- The South China Morning Post reported this Saturday that the Beijing government will receive a copy of Pope Benedict XVI’s letter to Chinese Catholics five days before it is released to the general public.
Apr 9, 2007 - 10:15 am .- Bishop Emeritus Ramon Ovidio Perez Morales of Los Teques has called on Venezuelans to seek unity and fraternity, saying the country is “divided and broken,” and he said that the Christ himself made the same plea from the cross and not from the comfort of “a hammock.”
Apr 9, 2007 - 10:10 am .- Father Fransiskus Madhu, a missionary of the Society of the Divine Word who was killed in April 1st in the Philippines and who was one of the youngest priests in the country, was aware of the risks of his missionary work and was willing to give his life for the Gospel, according to statements to reporters by his closest friends.
Apr 9, 2007 - 10:06 am .- The director of the Holy See’s Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, confirmed on Saturday that Pope Benedict XVI sent a letter to Ayatollah Ali Jamenei of Iran asking for the release of the 15 British soldiers detained by Iran in March.
Apr 9, 2007 - 09:44 am .- Catholic League president Bill Donohue has come to the defense of Cardinal Roger Mahony, after the Cardinal was criticized in the Los Angeles Times last week for criticizing a Catholic politician who supports doctor-assisted suicide.
Apr 9, 2007 - 09:33 am .- Zimbabwe’s nine Roman Catholic bishops issued a pastoral letter on Easter Sunday that calls on President Robert Mugabe to end oppression and to leave office or face a mass revolt.
Apr 9, 2007 - 09:25 am .- Cardinal Justin Rigali has urged U.S. senators to reject legislation (S. 5), which would allow federal funding for stem cell research, including stem cells derived from the destruction of embryos. Senators are expected to vote on the bill this week.
Apr 9, 2007 - 09:15 am .- Cardinal Francis George was released from the hospital on Easter Sunday, one day after slipping on the marble church floor at St. Ferdinand's Church and fracturing his hip.