Jun 1, 2007 - 05:45 pm .- Presidents of the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of the world’s leading industrial countries have written to the Group of 8 leaders to urge them to take “bold action on global poverty” ahead of the G8 summit in Germany next week (Rostock, 6-8 June).
Jun 1, 2007 - 11:53 am .- The Catholic Church has asked for troops to be sent to the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, following the slaying of 18 people in Kaniola last weekend.
Jun 1, 2007 - 10:58 am .- The Vatican is in favor of Turkey joining the EU, said Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone on Wednesday in an interview with Italian daily La Stampa.The cardinal was responding to a question about whether Turkey, which is grappling with a resurgence of Islamist identity, should join secular Europe.
Jun 1, 2007 - 10:58 am .- Malaysia's highest court has rejected a six-year appeal by a Malay woman to have her Christian identity officially recognized. The Federal Tribunal ruled that only the Shariah (Islamic law) Court could allow Lina Joy, 42, to remove the word Muslim from her identity card.
Jun 1, 2007 - 10:56 am .- President George W. Bush announced immediate sanctions against the Sudanese government on Tuesday for its refusal to stop the killing in Darfur, which is in western Sudan. The United States will sanction 30 companies owned or controlled by the Sudanese government, and a company that transports weapons to government and militia forces in Darfur.
Jun 1, 2007 - 10:49 am .- In light of Jack Kevorkian’s release from prison today, the Archdiocese of Detroit has pledged to continue its efforts on behalf of patients, families and caregivers “to increase the knowledge and availability of medically and morally sound options for end-of-life decision-making.”
Jun 1, 2007 - 10:06 am .- Five more ambassadors were received by the Holy See today. In receiving the new representatives, Benedict XVI took the opportunity to address the obligation of richer nations to not exploit poorer nations and the role of religion in its interaction with society.The Holy Father received the Letters of Credence of the new ambassadors: Ayesha Riyaz of Pakistan, Larus Stefansson of Iceland, Juri Seilenthal of Estonia, Domitille Barancira of Burundi and Ahmed Hamid Elfaki Hamid of Sudan.
Jun 1, 2007 - 10:04 am .- Yesterday afternoon Benedict XVI visited the Palace of the Governorate, which houses various offices responsible for the administration and governance of Vatican City State.
Jun 1, 2007 - 09:55 am .- This morning the Vatican made public the appointment of Archbishop Michael Miller by Pope Benedict XVI to be the coadjutor Archbishop of the Vancouver, Canada. Archbishop Miller, a 60-year-old native of Canada, will leave his post as the Secretary for Catholic Education in Rome, where he has served since 2004, to function as the coadjutor Archbishop for Archbishop Raymond Roussin.