Aug 8, 2007 - 05:30 pm .- In a press conference this afternoon, Cardinal Bertone spoke about his recent conversation with the US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice. According to the Cardinal, they talked mainly about the plight of Christians in the Middle East—in Iraq and in Lebanon. He thanked the Secretary of State for her untiring efforts to bring peace to the region and told her that the angels accompanied her flights and efforts.
Aug 8, 2007 - 11:49 am .- The right of a Catholic school to demand consistency between the teachings of the Church and the behaviors of its staff has been defended by Church hierarchy and upheld by the law in the case of a teacher who resigned.
Aug 8, 2007 - 11:40 am .- The Archdiocese of Sydney is considering opening its own preschools in order to tend to the spiritual development of preschoolers and to help bolster the Catholic school population.
Aug 8, 2007 - 11:18 am .- Thousands of pilgrims gathered at the Shrine of St. Cajetan in the Buenos Aires suburb of Liniers to pray to the patron of Divine Providence for their needs and to thank him for blessings received during the year.
Aug 8, 2007 - 11:11 am .- The bishops of Central America will gather in Panama August 8 and 9 with the ministers of education from the region and those from the Dominican Republic to study ways to eliminate child labor.
Aug 8, 2007 - 11:07 am .- Yesterday evening, Cardinal Bertone was the recipient of the Gaudium et Spes award from the Knights of Columbus. The award is given only infrequently and with it the prelate joins the ranks of the likes of Mother Teresa, Cardinal John O’Connor, and Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche.In receiving the award, Bertone spoke about his position as Secretary of State and how it requires that he apply the Second Vatican Council document to his work.
Aug 8, 2007 - 11:04 am .- The Knights of Columbus received a greeting from Pope Benedict at their annual report on the state of the order yesterday afternoon. The Holy Father told them to continue the "yes" of that their founder gave when he founded their order.
Aug 8, 2007 - 11:01 am .- In a ferocious column published by the Spanish Socialist daily, “El Pais,” Professor Gregorio Peces-Barba, considered the inspiration behind the current Socialist anti-clericalism in Spain and author of the course ”Education for Citizenship,” has threatened the Catholic Church, warning it to either be silent or “suffer the consequences.”
Aug 8, 2007 - 10:55 am .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Chile, Bishop Alejandro Goic, said during a press conference this week that the Catholic Church in Latin America needs to sincerely examine its conscience in order to determine why Catholics are not on the forefront of social justice reform.
Aug 8, 2007 - 10:38 am .- Archbishop Reinaldo Del Prette of Valencia (Venezuela) responded to the attacks by Hugo Chavez against the Church saying, “The Catholic Church is not political. To think thus is so warped and petty. The Church has been fulfilling her mission for twenty centuries and when she speaks, it is not out of partisan politics or as an opposition party. Which opposition party?” the prelate said.
Aug 8, 2007 - 10:06 am .- The retired Episcopal Bishop of Fort Worth, Bishop Clarence C. Pope, Jr., has joined the Roman Catholic Church. Bishop Pope is the second Episcopal bishop to join the Catholic Church this year, and the fifth to resign from the House of Bishops since January.
Aug 8, 2007 - 09:54 am .- “Without God, man loses his greatness; without God, there is no true humanism”.With these words, Pope Benedict XVI today recalled the great legacy of another early Church father, Saint Gregory of Nazianze, theologian, preacher and poet from fourth-century Cappadocia. A friend and admirer of St. Basil, whom the Holy Father remembered last week, St. Gregory was inspired to seek Baptism and to enter monastic life, devoting himself to prayer, solitude, and meditation.