Apr 25, 2007 - 11:48 am .- In anticipation of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations – which the Church celebrates this coming Sunday, the 29th of April, the National Office for Vocation of the Bishops Conference of England and Wales has launched a new vocations program which utilizes Japanese-style "manga" illustrations.
Apr 25, 2007 - 11:26 am .- In his opening address for the 93rd Plenary Assembly of the Bishops’ Conference of Argentina, conference president Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires said, “The Church was, is and will be persecuted” in “the measure in which she maintains her faithfulness to the Gospel.”
Apr 25, 2007 - 11:23 am .- The Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop Angelo Amato, said abortion and euthanasia represent “terrorism with a human face” which affect society day every day.
Apr 25, 2007 - 11:20 am .- This past Sunday, the Diocese of Segovia concluded a congress on the messages of Pope Benedict XVI during the World Meeting of Families in Valencia in 2006.
Apr 25, 2007 - 11:18 am .- On Tuesday the Franciscans charged with the care of the Holy Land celebrated the “Day of Memory of the Armenian People,” recalling the legacy of the missionary martyrs who worked in Armenian territory occupied by the Turks.
Apr 25, 2007 - 11:15 am .- Made public today was the annual message to the world’s Buddhists as they celebrate their Feast of Vesakh. The message, issued by the Pontifical Council for Inter- religious Dialogue, is signed by Cardinal Paul Poupard and Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata, respectively president and secretary of the pontifical council.
Apr 25, 2007 - 11:06 am .- The tragedy at Virginia Tech demonstrates the human need for others and the devastating effect of isolation and loneliness in contemporary society, said Cardinal George Pell in his weekly column in the Sunday Telegraph.
Apr 25, 2007 - 10:51 am .- On Tuesday evening the Legislative Assembly of Mexico City, dominated by members of the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution, voted to legalize abortion in the Mexican capital up to the twelfth week of pregnancy. The vote came despite a majority of Mexicans expressing their opposition to the proposed law in recent months, with thousands signing a petition calling for a referendum. Debate on the new law ran into the night and was finally passed by a vote of 49-19. Police officers stood outside to keep protestors away from the assembly building.
Apr 25, 2007 - 10:43 am .- As Congress begins the work of reauthorizing the U.S. Farm Bill, more than a dozen Christian churches and faith-based organizations have banded together to form a Religious Working Group on the Farm Bill.
Apr 25, 2007 - 10:33 am .- Two 2008 U.S. presidential candidates — both Catholic — discussed their differing views and positions on politics and public policy decision-making from their respective interpretations of the Catholic faith this week.
Apr 25, 2007 - 10:31 am .- Officials of the Diocese of Orlando are expected to visit a local shop and verify a marble statue of the Virgin Mary that has allegedly shed a black tear.
Apr 25, 2007 - 10:14 am .- In today's general audience Benedict XVI dedicated his catechesis to Origen of Alexandria, a third century historian and "one of the greatest writers" of Church history. The audience was held in St. Peter's Square in the presence of more than 25,000 people.