Nov 16, 2007 - 03:02 pm .- In an exclusive interview with CNA earlier this week, Bishop Thomas Wenski took time to explain why the Bishop’s Conference supports a two state solution to bring peace to the Holy Land. The USCCB Chairman of the Committee on International Policy made his comments in light of the upcoming Annapolis peace conference, due to begin on November 27.
Nov 16, 2007 - 02:25 pm .- Sources at the Holy See have confirmed to CNA that Pope Benedict XVI is set to finish an encyclical on the virtue of hope that, according to the Italian daily La Repubblica, will be called “Spe Salvi” (Saved by Hope). In addition, they said the Pontiff is also working simultaneously on two other important texts, including one on social issues.After the announcement of the theme of the next encyclical, which according to the Italian daily, could be published before Christmas, Vatican sources consulted by CNA said the Pope is also working on a social document, confirming what was informally said during the Pope’s vacation last summer.
Nov 16, 2007 - 12:27 pm .- The impact of globalization has led to changes in society that would have been unthinkable 40 years ago. Given this new societal atmosphere, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace will be holding a meeting November 20 and 21to talk about Pope Paul VI’s social encyclical “Populorum progressio”.
Nov 16, 2007 - 12:10 pm .- The Catholic Church in Poland is encouraging young people to wear the “chastity ring” as a symbol of purity. The campaign’s goal is to encourage young people to wear the ring as a sign of their desire to remain virgins until marriage.
Nov 16, 2007 - 12:07 pm .- Two miraculous cures have been reported in Cyprus as a result of contact with the skull of St. John Chrysostom, according to the Associated Press.
Nov 16, 2007 - 12:03 pm .- LifeSiteNews.com is reporting that a well-known British doctor could be forced out of a job for helping women decide against having an abortion. Dr. Tammie Downes is under investigation for professional misconduct after she said in an interview with the Daily Mail that she had been instrumental in helping many women patients decide to continue to carry their children to term.
Nov 16, 2007 - 11:55 am .- A study published by the prestigious British medical journal “The Lancet” has revealed that the contraceptive pill increases the risk of developing uterine cancer.
Nov 16, 2007 - 11:41 am .- The president of the Italian Soccer League, Antonio Matarrese, announced the creation of an ethics committee for soccer and said Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone to be a member.
Nov 16, 2007 - 11:22 am .- For the first time since its 1992 approval of female clergy, the Church of England reports that more women than men were ordained in 2006.
Nov 16, 2007 - 11:17 am .- A $40 million taxpayer-funded compensation package to the horseracing industry has pushed the costs of Sydney's upcoming World Youth Day close to $100 million, The Australian reports.
Nov 16, 2007 - 11:01 am .- Several U.S. senators have weighed in on the Chinese Olympics web site's recommendation that entering visitors bring no more than one Bible into the country, Cybercast News Service reports.
Nov 16, 2007 - 10:15 am .- Some upscale hotels are no longer stocking their rooms with a Bible and are replacing them with technology or “kits” promoting sex. For instance, the Soho Grand Hotel in Manhattan provides guest rooms with iPod docking stations, flat-screen TVs, and a complimentary goldfish, but not a Bible. Hotel spokeswoman Lori DeBlois told Newsweek magazine that adding Bibles to rooms would mean she "would have to take care of every guest's belief."
Nov 16, 2007 - 09:57 am .- Leaders of missionary communities from around the world gathered at the Vatican today to meet with Pope Benedict. During his discussion with the missionaries, he praised the increase in the number of lay faithful involved in evangelization and encouraged the heads of the religious orders to draw inspiration from their founders."Your assembly" the Pope told the group "bears eloquent witness to the continuing vitality of the missionary impulse in the Church and the spirit of communion uniting your members ... to the Successor of Peter and his universal apostolic ministry."