Nov 29, 2007 - 04:06 pm .- Two important Church officials, Cardinal Renato Martino and the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Michel Sabbah, have expressed their satisfaction at the conclusions reached in at the peace conference in Annapolis on Tuesday. As a result of the summit, the leaders of Israel and Palestine have committed to formal negotiations for establishing peace in the Holy Land.In statements to the SIR news agency, Archbishop Sabbah said he was hopeful leaders of both countries would “not repeat the same errors” of the past, and emphasized that the timeline for a peace agreement “is not too long”—one year in which “all of the issues should be resolved in order to avoid a new failure.”
Nov 29, 2007 - 03:01 pm .- Pro-life groups in Spain announced that the march planned for news Friday to demand a stop to illegal abortions would have as its destination the Ministry of Health, since the government said it would not allow the march to end at the Congressional building.
Nov 29, 2007 - 01:43 pm .- The Spanish daily “ABC” has revealed “terrible details” of police investigations into four clinics in Barcelona accused of practicing illegal abortions. According to the reports, investigators found “machines for crushing fetuses attached to drainpipes.”
Nov 29, 2007 - 01:02 pm .- Today in a meeting with Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone, Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa, invited the Holy Father to visit Slovenia in 2009 “for the occasion of the Year of Young People and for the closure of the National Eucharist Congress.”
Nov 29, 2007 - 12:37 pm .- The Belfast Telegraph reports that Pope Benedict XVI has expressed hopes of visiting Ireland in what would be the first papal visit to the Emerald Isle in almost thirty years.
Nov 29, 2007 - 12:31 pm .- On Sunday, the vice president of the Venezuelan Bishops Conference, Archbishop Roberto Luckert of Coro, denied that bishops are accomplices of supposed plans by the opposition to foster violence.
Nov 29, 2007 - 12:27 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI expressed his sorrow Wednesday and promised to pray for Daniele Paladin, an Italian soldier who was killed last weekend in Afghanistan “in the generous fulfillment of his own duty at the service of the security and the peaceful rebuilding of the Afghan peoples.”
Nov 29, 2007 - 12:23 pm .- Basilica Press has announced the first new book by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen in over 25 years. The book, Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s St. Thérèse: A Treasured Love Story, is a 187-page hardcover, gold-embossed commemorative edition including Archbishop Sheen's talks on St. Therese, 11 pages of biographical photos, and possibly the last letter the famous archbishop ever wrote.
Nov 29, 2007 - 12:14 pm .- The first national conference focusing on the effects of abortion on men opened in San Francisco yesterday.
Nov 29, 2007 - 11:58 am .- The Bishop of Tulsa has issued a pastoral letter calling Oklahoma's new immigration law immoral and unjust.
Nov 29, 2007 - 11:51 am .- A new poll of New York City residents indicates that a majority of New Yorkers think Pope Benedict XVI's scheduled visit in April will be good for their city, and most New York City Catholics have a favorable attitude towards him.According to a survey conducted by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, 70 % of New Yorkers think the visit will be good for the city, while only 15 % do not. Eighty eight percent of Catholics specifically thought the visit would benefit New York, while only 9 % disagreed.
Nov 29, 2007 - 10:18 am .- Dialogue between Muslims and Catholics entered a new phase today as Pope Benedict replied to the October 13 letter from the 138 Muslims leaders and proposed that the dialogue be centered on human dignity and religious freedom. The Pope’s reply to the Muslim initiative, "A Common Word between Us and You", was sent to Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal, president of the Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought and one of the signatories of the original letter. According to the Holy See Press Office, the letter was written by Benedict XVI and signed by the Vatican's Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.