May 9, 2007 - 03:54 pm .- In statements to journalists during his flight from Rome to Brazil, Pope Benedict XVI, in a reference to legislators in Mexico City who voted in favor of legalizing abortion in the Mexican capital, confirmed that the excommunication of those who procure an abortion “is nothing new” nor is it “arbitrary.”
May 9, 2007 - 01:15 pm .- In his talk with journalist aboard the plane taking him to Brazil, Pope Benedict told the reporters that “ the Liberation Theology was a sort of “Millenarism” that would find no justification in todays Latin America, especially before the great social concern the Church manifests today.
May 9, 2007 - 12:56 pm .- The National Pro-Life Committee has launched an initiative to prevent abortions from taking place in Mexico City hospitals and to encourage healthcare workers to defend human life.
May 9, 2007 - 12:52 pm .- A report published by the International Commission on Religious Freedom reveals that half of the Christian population that lives in Baghdad has fled to other regions or countries because of the chaos and sectarian violence that plagues the Iraqi capital.
May 9, 2007 - 12:46 pm .- The festivities which Pope Benedict will attend Thursday at the Pacaembu Stadium, will continue hours later at the Campo de Marte, where thousands of young people will hold vigil on the eve of the canonization of the first Brazilian saint.
May 9, 2007 - 12:32 pm .- Sandra Grossi, 37, of Almeida in Brazil, came to believe that she would never have a child. A medical condition in her uterus had resulted in three miscarriages: her babies died in the womb due to a lack of space to grow.
May 9, 2007 - 12:30 pm .- The latest edition of the Annuario Pontificio, the statistical directory of the worldwide Church, has revealed that the number of Catholics in the world has remained the same during the last five years, with the exception of Africa, where the number has increased significantly.
May 9, 2007 - 12:27 pm .- Nigerian Primate Peter Akinola rejected requests from both Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and proceeded with the May 5 installation of a leader for the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA), reported Episcopal News Service.
May 9, 2007 - 12:23 pm .- Catholic League president Bill Donohue has raised some concerns about a four-part docudrama on the Inquisition. “The Secret Files of the Inquisition” will air on PBS, starting tonight.
May 9, 2007 - 12:21 pm .- The Catholic primate of England and Wales called for the rights of illegal immigrant workers in the UK to be respected.
May 9, 2007 - 12:18 pm .- On Tuesday evening, a 30-member panel of top Catholic prelates voted in favour of recognising Pius's "heroic virtues" - the key requirement for beatification, the penultimate stage before sainthood.
May 9, 2007 - 12:10 pm .- Pope Benedict, on his way to Brazil for a six day apostolic visit, reminded the journalists aboard the airplane bringing him to Brazil, that the Church "does not interfere into politics, we respect the non-religious character of the State, but the Church gives a framework in which social questions can beanswered adequatly."
May 9, 2007 - 11:18 am .- This morning, Pope Benedict XVI left Rome for a six-day trip to Brazil. His plane left from Rome's Fiumicino airport bound for Brazil At 9 a.m. this morning,. The 9,477-kilometer flight is expected to last twelve and a half hours and the papal plane is scheduled to land at the international airport of Sao Paulo / Guarulhos in Brazil in the mid-afternoon, at around 4.30 p.m. local time.