Oct 19, 2007 - 05:05 pm .- The Vatican witnessed an unprecedented event today as the Pope received the first delegation to ever come from the Mennonite World Conference. Benedict XVI welcomed the group which split from the Catholic Church in the 16th century and noted that they are to be commended for their longstanding witness to peace.
Oct 19, 2007 - 03:11 pm .- Archbishop Robles Ortega of Monterrey, who will receive the red hat from Pope Benedict XVI on November 24, recounted to reporters this week the reaction of his elderly parents to the news that he will soon be a cardinal.
Oct 19, 2007 - 02:04 pm .- Today marks the release of Promenade Picture’s first venture into the faith and family arena with the movie, the Ten Commandments. Hollywood legend Frank Yablans’ latest venture was not intended to cause controversy, but their ads have been receiving attention due to a refusal to include the phrase, “chosen by God” in advertisements and promotions aired by Disney.
Oct 19, 2007 - 11:47 am .- The Catholic Association has launched the Bella for Life project to use the new movie's pro-life themes to encourage and expand pro-life activities around the nation.
Oct 19, 2007 - 11:15 am .- The Archbishop of Madrid, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, said this week he hopes the beatification of 498 Spanish martyrs on October 28 will bring “a triple fruit of holiness, mission and reconciliation” to the Church in Spain.
Oct 19, 2007 - 11:06 am .- Video of San Francisco's Archbishop George Niederauer giving Holy Communion to two transvestites from the homosexual group "Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence" provoked controversy and an apology from the archbishop. The archbishop asked forgiveness for giving Holy Communion to group members and rebuked the group for the disrespect its mock religious dress shows for religious sisters. The San Francisco Chronicle reports some reactions from the city’s Catholics.
Oct 19, 2007 - 11:01 am .- According to a study published last month in the Californian Journal of Health Promotion, there were 1.1 million new cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among young Californians in 2005, the California Catholic reports.
Oct 19, 2007 - 10:58 am .- A school board in Portland, Maine has approved a proposal to provide middle-schoolers at one city school with contraceptive pills and patches, FoxNews.com reports.
Oct 19, 2007 - 10:40 am .- Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, commented on a recent Supreme Court decision that halted the execution of a Virginia inmate. The injunction was made so the court could consider whether lethal injections constitute an unconstitutional "cruel and unusual" punishment.
Oct 19, 2007 - 10:34 am .- Rebecca Gomperts, the Dutch foundress and director of the organization Women on Waves, visited Malta this week to promote abortion. The mostly Catholic population denounced her presence, and the public events she was supposed to lead ended up taking place behind closed doors.
Oct 19, 2007 - 10:29 am .- During a forty-minute meeting on Thursday morning at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI met with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to discuss issues related to human life and the family, which are currently at the center of political debate in Chile.
Catholic Charities disappointed at failure of House to override veto of children’s health insurance billOct 19, 2007 - 10:11 am .- Rev. Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA, issued the following statement today following the failure of the U.S. House of Representatives to override President Bush's veto of a compromise bill to strengthen and improve the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), a highly successful program that provides health insurance coverage to poor children. The vote was 273-156, short of the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto.
Oct 19, 2007 - 09:56 am .- Officials at St. Peter’s Basilica said this week the tomb of John Paul II, located in the catacombs of the church, receives an uninterrupted number of visitors, fluctuating between seven and twenty thousand per day.
Respect for life and protecting marriage are not just Catholic values, they are human values, declares the PopeOct 19, 2007 - 09:14 am .- On the occasion of the 45th Social Week, which is being held this week in the Italian cities of Pistoia and Pisa, Pope Benedict sent a message to the head of the Italian Episcopal Conference, Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco. The Holy Father asserted in his letter that respect for life and the protection of marriage and the family are not just Catholic values, they are human values.The theme for this year’s Social Week is: “The common good today: a commitment that comes from afar." The Pope affirmed that this theme "still maintains all its importance.”
Oct 19, 2007 - 08:57 am .- In a letter Pope Benedict XVI wrote to Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco on the occasion of the 45th Social Week of Italian Catholics, the pontiff declared that the Church has a role to play in the political realm. At the end of his letter, which deals with the need for people to work for the common good, the Holy Father turned his attention to "a specific area" which "stimulates Catholics to question themselves: that of the relationship between religion and politics.”