May 22, 2007 - 01:00 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI has just named Most Rev. Terrence Prendergast, S.J. as Archbishop of Ottawa. At the time of his appointment, he was Archbishop of Halifax and Apostolic Administrator of Yarmouth.
May 22, 2007 - 12:30 pm .- A bill is being proposed in the Michigan house that would legalize adoptions by homosexual partners. Supporters of the bill point to the lack of opposition from the Michigan Catholic Conference as their reason for hoping the bill will pass.
May 22, 2007 - 12:08 pm .- During a press conference at the 5th General Conference of the Latin American Bishops’ Council, the Apostolic Vicar of Zamora (Ecuador), Bishop Fausto Gabriel Travez, said the vocational discernment of one who desires to enter religious life should be demanding and should help to discover the candidate’s “spiritual quality.”
May 22, 2007 - 12:01 pm .- Last Tuesday a priest in India was seriously wounded when two young men assaulted him at a school in southern Delhi.
May 22, 2007 - 11:59 am .- During morning Mass at the 5th General Conference of the Latin American Bishops’ Conference in Aparecida, the president of the Bishops’ Conference of Ecuador, Bishop Nestor Herrera, said evangelization “has formed the Christian culture that identifies our people of Latin America and the Caribbean.”
May 22, 2007 - 11:49 am .- "The Pakistani government should protect us Christians", demands Archbishop Lawrence Saldanha of Lahore, who is also chairman of the Pakistani bishops' conference, in an interview with the international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).
May 22, 2007 - 11:24 am .- The Thomas More Institute of the Catholic University of Asuncion has organized a series of conferences with the renowned Spanish exorcist, Father Jose Antonio Fortea, scheduled for June 7-13.
May 22, 2007 - 11:20 am .- In a message sent to the president of the Republic of Rwanda for the national day of mourning on the 13th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, Pope Benedict XVI called on Christians in the country to make their faith the foundation of an authentic and enduring reconciliation.
May 22, 2007 - 10:58 am .- Yesterday in the Vatican, the Bilateral Permanent Working Commission between the Holy See and the State of Israel held a plenary session in order to continue negotiations on article 10, para. 2 of the "Fundamental Agreement between the Holy See and the State of Israel" of December 30 1993. The spirit of the talks was one of, “great cordiality, mutual understanding and good will.”According to a communique made public by the working commission late yesterday afternoon, the Holy See delegation was led by Msgr. Pietro Parolin, under-secretary for Relations with States, while the Israeli delegation was headed by Aaron Abramovich, director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
May 22, 2007 - 10:50 am .- Plans by Italy's RAI television network to air a BBC program on sexual abuse have been condemned by Italian Church leaders. However, the program is not certain to air because Mario Landolfi, who heads RAI's parliamentary oversight committee, has requested a ban on its broadcast. According to Landolfi, the program unfairly attacks the Church.