Apr 12, 2007 - 05:32 pm .- The Apostolic Nuncio to Jerusalem and Palestine, Archbishop Antonio Franco, has announced that he will not attend the annual ceremony in commemoration of the Holocaust due to be held next week at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum of Jerusalem. The Vatican representative said he was refusing to participate after Yad Vashem refused to remove an inflammatory and highly contested description of Pope Pius XII.
U.S. Bishops, Pro-life groups decry Senate’s decision to Pass Bill funding destruction of human lifeApr 12, 2007 - 05:02 pm .- An official with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) along with numerous pro-life groups have reacted to yesterday evening’s vote by the U.S. Senate to approve legislation (S. 5) promoting the destruction of human embryos for federally funded stem cell research. The Senate voted for the bill 63 to 34. At the same time, S. 30, a bill to promote alternative ways to pursue stem cell research without harming human embryos, was also approved, 70 to 28.
Apr 12, 2007 - 11:54 am .- Various pro-life groups in Ecuador have denounced systematic efforts by the government to the use the upcoming Constitutional Assembly to legalize abortion in the country.
Apr 12, 2007 - 11:50 am .- According to the Spanish daily “El Diario de Galicia,” Father Manuel Gomez, a diocesan priest who was killed in Brazil in 1924, will be beatified in October, after Pope Benedict XVI approved his cause of martyrdom last December.
Apr 12, 2007 - 11:34 am .- Participants at the international congress “Values and Perspectives for the Europe of Tomorrow,” organized by the Commission of Bishops' Conferences of the European Community on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, called on European political leaders to remain committed to peace and to the Christian roots of the region.
Apr 12, 2007 - 11:28 am .- The Archbishop of Krakow, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, said this week a new norm requiring Polish citizens to publicly disclose their collaboration with the Communist regime between 1944 and 1990 would only present a partial version of the truth about the past, would “harm many people” and would contribute to the “disintegration” of society.
Apr 12, 2007 - 10:57 am .- The Vatican made public today, an April 10th speech given by Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Holy See permanent observer to the United Nations in New York, before the 40th session of the Economic and Social Council's Commission on Population and Development, which is considering the theme: "The changing age structures of populations and their implications for development."
Apr 12, 2007 - 10:11 am .- The number of abuse claims against Catholic clergy have dropped for the second consecutive year, says a new report on the efforts of the Catholic Church in the United States to protect children from sexual abuse.
Apr 12, 2007 - 10:09 am .- The Press Office of the Holy See made public yesterday the official agenda of Pope Benedict XVI’s upcoming trip to Brazil from the 9th – 13th of May, during the period of the 5th General Conference of the Latin American and Caribbean Bishops. In his first official visit to Latin America, Pope Benedict will land in Sao Paulo on May 9th at 4:30 PM (local time). At the airport, the Holy Father will offer a brief speech during his official welcome ceremony.
Apr 12, 2007 - 09:37 am .- Pope Benedict XVI may soon approve a decree for the beatification of 188 Japanese martyrs, Cardinal Stephen Fumio Hamao told UCA News at the end of March.
Apr 12, 2007 - 09:31 am .- Several thousand pilgrims are expected to gather at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge this weekend for one of the country's largest Divine Mercy celebrations.
Apr 12, 2007 - 09:18 am .- Cardinal Francis George made his first public appearance since falling over the weekend. He was present for the dedication of Catholic Charities' St. Leo Residence for veterans and the homeless on Chicago’s South Side.