Sep 18, 2007 - 02:07 pm .- Reuters in Italian is reporting further developments on Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the United States this coming spring. As CNA reported yesterday, its Vatican sources say that the Pontiff will visit New York and other cities in the US, although the Pope's itinerary is not yet official. The centerpiece of the trip will be a speech delivered at the United Nations, at the invitation of the UN's Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon.
Sep 18, 2007 - 11:21 am .- Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Lima celebrated a special Mass last Saturday in the city of Pisco, located near the epicenter of the August 15 earthquake, to pray for the victims of the recent tragedy.
Sep 18, 2007 - 11:18 am .- A new bishop will be ordained for Beijing this week, but the bishop-elect has not yet received the approval of Pope Benedict XVI.
Sep 18, 2007 - 11:10 am .- The secretary general of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Bishop Fabian Marulanda Lopez said this week the proposal by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to mediate in Colombia’s civil conflict “thorny and difficult.” Chavez has suggested Colombian President Alvaro Uribe demilitarize a portion of the area of Caguan-Caqueta in the Amazon in order to meet with the leader of the FARC, Manuel Marulanda Velez.
Sep 18, 2007 - 11:03 am .- Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez of Santo Domingo is calling on lawmakers to “be consistent” in how they deal with abortion and to disassociate themselves from alleged international blackmail to legalize the practice in the Dominican Republic.
Sep 18, 2007 - 10:59 am .- Russian Patriarch Alexei II has again insisted that a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI would be possible after adequate preparation and after the Holy See fulfills the demands of the Patriarchate to decrease Catholic missionary work, which he termed “proselytism,” in Russia and Eastern Europe.
Sep 18, 2007 - 10:59 am .- A priest has been dragged into the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Detectives are expected to put pressure on Fr. Jose Pacheco to break his vow of silence, which is paramount to the sacrament of confession.According to The Daily Mail, police are to question the priest to see if Kate McCann, 39, confessed to him she had killed her four-year-old daughter. But priests are bound by an oath never to reveal penitents’ confessions.
Sep 18, 2007 - 10:54 am .- A new national survey indicates that while most Australians believe women should have access to abortion, most Australians are conflicted because they also have pro-life convictions.
Sep 18, 2007 - 10:52 am .- U.S. District Judge Charles Norgle ruled on Wednesday that Planned Parenthood cannot open a newly constructed abortion clinic in Aurora, Illinois until he reaches a decision about allegations that the abortion provider’s developer lied on applications for a building permit.
Sep 18, 2007 - 10:50 am .- President George W. Bush has promised to veto an amendment that overturned the Mexico City Policy. Last Thursday, 16 of the 25 Catholics in the U. S. Senate voted to overturn the "Mexico City Policy" and allow funding to overseas health clinics providing abortions. The amendment passed by a margin of 53-41.
Sep 18, 2007 - 10:40 am .- It is still unclear to the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference as to why Pius Ncube stepped down as archbishop of the Bulawayo diocese.
Sep 18, 2007 - 10:29 am .- The row between Amnesty International (AI) and the Church over the group’s newly declared support for limited abortion is continuing to escalate as the bishops of Ireland contemplate banning the organization from the nation’s Catholic schools. Already one school has been instructed to disband their chapter of Amnesty and more may follow suit.
Sep 18, 2007 - 10:25 am .- There are 23 newcomers attending St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Seward, Nebraska.
Sep 18, 2007 - 09:54 am .- Cincinnati-Catholic Charities USA's 2007 National Volunteers of the Year -- a Tucson family of three generations of dentists -- were honored last week at an award ceremony during the organization's annual gathering in Cincinnati.