May 16, 2007 - 03:32 pm .- The central hall where the members of the Latin American Bishops’ Council are meeting for their 5th General Conference is adorned with a painting made by a Peruvian artist and given to the bishops as a gift by Pope Benedict XVI.
May 16, 2007 - 01:20 pm .- The official hymn for World Youth Day in 2008 has just been chosen. “Receive the Power” is the title of the official hymn for the celebration of the 23rd World Youth Day in Sydney. The song was written by young Australian composer Guy Sebastian. “We were looking for a hymn which would be involving and inspiring”, WYD 2008 co-ordinator Bishop Anthony Fisher OP explained.
May 16, 2007 - 11:53 am .- The director of the Social Observatory of the Latin American Bishops’ Council (CELAM), Rodrigo Guerra, said this week Catholics need to actively participate in political life, as Pope Benedict XVI indicated in his inaugural discourse for the 5th General Conference of the Latin American and Caribbean bishops.
May 16, 2007 - 11:47 am .- Archbishop Geraldo Lyrio Rocha, the president of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil, opened the 5th General Conference of the Latin American Bishops’ Council today with a call to witness. In his homily for the Mass that opened the first work session he said, “Yesterday, as today, the Spirit of God awakens in the disciples of Jesus the courage to proclaim authentic values and be committed to responding to anti-values.”
May 16, 2007 - 11:23 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Ecuador affirmed this week that the country’s new Constitution should include certain indispensable guarantees, such as the protection of life beginning at conception, the defense of marriage and the family, and “the creation of the necessary elements” to eradicate poverty and corruption.
May 16, 2007 - 10:55 am .- The national Catholic-based advocacy group Fidelis, is calling for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign to remove an image of Blessed Mother Teresa from their campaign video.
May 16, 2007 - 10:53 am .- As Congress prepares to debate comprehensive immigration reform, citizens’ groups are urging legislators to devise a balanced approach that secures borders but recognizes the contributions that immigrants make to the U.S. economy and society.
May 16, 2007 - 10:21 am .- Famed Evangelical leader, Rev. Jerry Falwell, died yesterday morning at the age of 73. Falwell was well known for his leadership of Christian conservatives and is often credited for bringing them to political prominence. Among his accomplishments are: the establishment of the political advocacy group the Moral Majority, the founding of Liberty University, and leading Thomas Road Baptist Church as its pastor.
May 16, 2007 - 08:52 am .- Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles announced yesterday that the archdiocese will have to sell its headquarters so that it can meet its financial obligations to “the alleged victims of clergy sexual abuse.”The sale will include other “non-essential real estate properties” such as those previously purchased for establishing “new parishes, schools, various charitable institutions, convents, etc.” or are being “held for future parishes, future schools, and similar ministry purposes.”