May 17, 2007 - 02:00 pm .- According to the Associated Press, a priest close to Tony Blair says that the prime minister will declare himself a Roman Catholic on leaving Downing Street.Father Michael Seed, who is known for bringing high-profile politicians and aristocrats into the Catholic fold and who says Mass for the Blairs in Downing Street each week when they are in London, made the prediction to friends at a recent memorial service.
May 17, 2007 - 12:32 pm .- A group of Catholic Democrats in the US Congress recently objected to comments of Pope Benedict XVI about the fact that legislators favoring the legality of abortion should not receive Communion. They said, "Advancing respect for life and for the dignity of every human being is, as our church has taught us, our own life's mission."
May 17, 2007 - 12:10 pm .- Archbishop Emeritus Estanislao Esteban Karlic of Parana told participants of the 5th General Conference of the Latin American Bishops’ Council that the mission of the disciple is first and foremost to proclaim God and to confess that nothing in life that does not lead us to Him has any worth.
May 17, 2007 - 11:51 am .- The Patriarch of the Ancient Assyrian Church of the East, Mar Addai II, has called on the Prime Minister and the Iraqi parliament to put an end to the tragic situation that Christians in Iraq are enduring due to the constant threats and attacks against them.
May 17, 2007 - 11:47 am .- During his visit to the Farms of Hope in Brazil, which offers a drug rehabilitation program for young people, Pope Benedict XVI was formally handed the 10 millionth copy of the Aid to the Church in Need’s Children’s Bible in Brazilian Portuguese by Hans-Peter Röthlin, president of the international charity body.
May 17, 2007 - 11:40 am .- Church groups worked with local citizens to decrease violence during this year’s elections in the Philippines, held May 14.In a May 15 press statement, National Police Chief Oscar Calderon said the number of violent incidents during the 2007 election totaled 217; there were 249 incidents in 2004 and 269 in 2001.
May 17, 2007 - 11:31 am .- Two underground Church leaders from Wenzhou, eastern China, received prison sentences in March, six months after their arrest upon returning from a pilgrimage in Europe.
May 17, 2007 - 11:20 am .- The archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, said Wednesday that although the bishops have not excommunicated lawmakers who voted to legalize abortion in Mexico City, they “are impeded from receiving Communion.”
May 17, 2007 - 10:39 am .- Cardinal William Keeler of Baltimore has sent a written invitation to the Pope, asking that he pay a visit to Baltimore when he comes to address the United Nations in New York. Though a date has not been established, Catholic News Service has reported that a UN trip is likely to take place next year.
May 17, 2007 - 10:16 am .- Catholic League president Bill Donohue said the 18 House Democrats, who chided Pope Benedict XVI, “are twice a disgrace.” The Democrats took it upon themselves to correct the Holy Father for allegedly saying he agreed with the Mexican bishop who reportedly invoked excommunication against the Catholic lawmakers who voted to legalize abortion in Mexico City. The Democrats wrote: "Religious sanction in the political arena directly conflicts with our fundamental beliefs about the role of democratic representatives in a pluralistic America -- it clashes with freedoms guaranteed in our Constitution. Such notions offend the very nature of the American experiment and do a great disservice to the centuries of good work the church has done."
May 17, 2007 - 09:24 am .- Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the Holy See’s permanent observer at the United Nations, spoke to the UN Human Rights Council today about the pressing need to help indigenous peoples. He congratulated the commission on the importance of their work, but then went on to urge them to not stand by while people are being taken advantage of. The Archbishop emphasized the importance of a speedy adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (DRIP), which was recently postponed.