Dec 5, 2007 - 03:17 pm .- Archbishop Francisco Perez of Pamplona has condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Spain and prayed for the intercession of St. Francis Xavier, patron of the Spanish region of Navarre, to “touch the hearts” of terrorists for their conversion “to love and to peace.”
Dec 5, 2007 - 02:03 pm .- President Luiz Inazio Lula da Silva of Brazil has announced the country’s first National Conference of Homosexuals, Bisexuals, Transvestites and Transsexuals, a controversial event that will be held in May 2008 with the explicit endorsement of the government’s Special Secretariat for Human Rights.
Dec 5, 2007 - 12:32 pm .- World Youth Day 2008 organizers have announced their selection of a prestigious set designer to create the Stations of the Cross for the international youth event.
Dec 5, 2007 - 12:23 pm .- Bishop Rinaldo Fidel Bredice of Santa Rosa (Argentina) led a huge pro-life march towards the headquarters of the provincial government of La Pampa in opposition to a law that would allow abortions. He demanded that Governor Carlos Verna veto the measure that was passed last Thursday.
Dec 5, 2007 - 12:10 pm .- The president of the Spanish Bishops’ Committee on Migration, Bishop Jose Sanchez, spoke out against discrimination in schools against students who wear the Islamic veil, and he called for respect and friendship in schools to be fostered.
Dec 5, 2007 - 11:57 am .- The pastor of a parish in Padua, Italy is running a Christmas campaign on the importance of forgiving people. Unfortunately, he mistakenly used a doctored photograph of John Paul II in which the late pontiff’s head had been replaced by that of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.
Dec 5, 2007 - 11:38 am .- The bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse has sent a letter to priests cautioning them about the controversial new children’s film “The Golden Compass.”
Dec 5, 2007 - 11:38 am .- The Catholic University of America has announced that Pope Benedict XVI will visit the campus during his April trip to Washington, D.C. and has dedicated a website to the visit.
Dec 5, 2007 - 11:31 am .- The Telegraph in London has published the testimony of Andy Bathie, a 37 year-old British firefighter who regrets becoming a sperm donor for a lesbian couple that wanted to have a child. The two women, who have since separated, are demanding that Bathie pay child support for their two children.
Dec 5, 2007 - 11:23 am .- Cardinal Roger Mahony, the Archbishop of Los Angeles, announced to a conference of priests that he had been attacked by a man angry about the sexual abuse scandal, the Los Angeles Daily News reported yesterday.
Dec 5, 2007 - 10:51 am .- This year marks the 150th anniversary of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Lourdes, France. On the occasion of the celebrations, Pope Benedict XVI has extended the opportunity for the faithful to receive a plenary or full indulgence.According to a decree made public today and signed by Cardinal James Francis Stafford and Bishop Gianfranco Girotti, O.F.M. Conv., respectively penitentiary major and regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary, Benedict XVI will grant the faithful Plenary Indulgence for the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Lourdes.
Dec 5, 2007 - 10:22 am .- Sometimes people get so wrapped up in preparation for Christmas each December that they forget about the four weeks of Advent.
Dec 5, 2007 - 10:10 am .- Continuing his teachings on the fathers of the early Church, Pope Benedict spoke about St. Chromatius today. The Holy Father explained that St. Chromatius should serve as an example to Christians of how to remain rooted in the Word of God and heroic in love for one another.“St. Chromatius,” said Benedict, "knew how to address his people using a fresh, vivacious and incisive language." As a "good pastor, in troubled times such as his own marked by the barbarian incursions, he stood alongside the faithful to comfort them and open their souls to faith in God, Who never abandons His children."