Aug 16, 2007 - 12:10 pm .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Spain, Bishop Ricardo Blazquez of Bilbao, said this week that the “obstinate persistence” of the Basque separatist group ETA is “unbearable” and he called for the “immediate, total and definitive” disappearance of the terrorist organization that ‘acts against the will of this people.”
Aug 16, 2007 - 11:13 am .- In a message to the participants of the International Pilgrimage of Youth, which has arrived in the Marian shrine of Mariazell in Austria, Pope Benedict XVI told the young people that “despite ‘material satisfaction,’ nostalgia for the eternal is very present and that the Church in Europe is alive.”
Aug 16, 2007 - 11:08 am .- The bishops who will participate in the 147th meeting of the Permanent Committee of the Bishops’ Conference of Argentina August 21-23 will study the application of the conclusions of the Fifth General Conference of the Latin American Bishops’ Council in Aparecida.
Aug 16, 2007 - 11:07 am .- Father Jose de Jesus Aguilar, director of Radio and Television for the Archdiocese of Mexico, warned this week that the Catholic Church does not approve of the devotion some Mexicans have to “St. Death,” saying it goes against Catholic teachings and Sacred Scripture.
Aug 16, 2007 - 10:44 am .- Last night around 6:40 pm, a gigantic 7.9 magnitude earthquake shook the South American country of Peru. The earthquake has resulted in at least 337 fatalities, hundreds of injured victims, and widespread structural damage to the country’s infrastructure. Upon learning of the tragedy, the Holy Father sent a telegram to the Peruvian people through the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, which reads as follows:
Aug 16, 2007 - 10:22 am .- A new Vatican-approved charter air service will launch later this month with a flight to the shrine of Lourdes in France. The guide will be Cardinal Camillo Ruini, the former head of the Italian Bishops Conference.
Aug 16, 2007 - 10:20 am .- Sydney’s Muslim leaders have offered to open their mosques and school halls to Catholic pilgrims for World Youth Day 2008. The announcement was made after WYD organizers met with more than a dozen Islamic religious and community leaders on Monday for a briefing about the international Catholic youth event.
Aug 16, 2007 - 10:19 am .- Police arrested a 41-year-old Madison man for breaking into the home of a Dominican sister and forcing her to assist him in his quest to commit other crimes.
Aug 16, 2007 - 10:18 am .- A Christian Church in Texas refused to hold the funeral for a homosexual man because the family wanted to display a multimedia memorial presentation that condoned his actively homosexual lifestyle, reported LifeSiteNews.com.
Aug 16, 2007 - 10:16 am .- The archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, said this week he hopes the Pope’s visit to Austria in September will mean a “profound strengthening of the Church in Austria” and of the faithful’s bond with the Holy Father.
Aug 16, 2007 - 10:09 am .- Benedict XVI celebrated the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, yesterday at St. Thomas of Villanova parish in Castel Gandolfo. Reflecting on the readings from the book of Revelation, the Pope proclaimed that “[t]he love of God is more powerful than the materialism of this age.”Benedict spoke specifically about the figures of the dragon and the woman clothed with the sun in Revelation 12. He explained that in the days of the early Christians “the evil red dragon was the anti-Christian Roman Empire and the Church, which is embodied by the woman, … outlasted the persecution of the dragon.”