Dec 14, 2007 - 08:41 pm .- “A man of integrity and a lifelong pro-life advocate” is how the former governor of Oklahoma, Frank Keating, describes presidential contender John McCain. In a conference call that took place this afternoon with Catholic leaders from around the country, McCain explained to CNA where he stands on issues of concern to Catholics.Pro-life issues were front and center as Fr. Frank Pavone, the president of Priests for Life, began the discussion by thanking Sen. McCain for his “clear and convincing pro-life voting record.”
Dec 14, 2007 - 05:19 pm .- The rector of the Venezuelan College at the Vatican, Father Pedro Freites, said the situation of violence, the violation of human rights and the verbal attacks on the Church by officials of the Hugo Chavez are being closely followed by the Vatican Secretariat of State, which is aware of the repercussions the situation could have for peace in Venezuela.
Dec 14, 2007 - 01:48 pm .- In pouring rain, hundreds of Lebanese mourned the passing of Major General Francois El Hajj as his casket proceeded into the Maronite Catholic Basilica in Beirut.
Dec 14, 2007 - 12:21 pm .- Archbishop Celestino Migliore, apostolic nuncio in the Holy See’s permanent observer mission to the United Nations, on Thursday addressed that body on the importance of defending the rights of children worldwide.
Dec 14, 2007 - 12:18 pm .- The Archbishop of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Cardinal Julio Terrazas Sandoval, has called for peace in order to achieve consensus among Bolivians and to avoid nourishing “the hunger for war.”
Dec 14, 2007 - 12:17 pm .- French President Nicolas Sarkozy will go to the Vatican next week for talks with Pope Benedict XVI, the Associated Press reports.
Dec 14, 2007 - 12:09 pm .- The National Review Board (NRB) on Thursday made public its five-year report on the American church’s handling of clergy sexual abuse of minors. The board found that the bishops’ overall approach has been “strong”, but that there still remains much work to be done.
Dec 14, 2007 - 12:07 pm .- Senior British Cabinet ministers who were initially told they must support an immoral bill regulating in-vitro fertilization (IVF) or leave the government, will now be permitted to vote against the bill.
Dec 14, 2007 - 12:05 pm .- Christmas cards by the sackful come pouring into my house and the office from family and friends, members of the diocese and representatives of Church and state. And of course they are also going out by the sackful!
Dec 14, 2007 - 11:50 am .- The document entitled “A Doctrinal Note on Some Aspects of Evangelization" which is bound to cause much discussion amongst Catholics, was published today at the Vatican. The note emphasizes the need for Catholics to share their faith in Christ and to be “instruments of His presence and activity in the world.” The document comes as a response “to a certain confusion about whether Catholics should give testimony about their faith in Christ. “The congregation," said Cardinal William Joseph Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, "decided to address some specific points which seem to undermine the fulfillment of Christ's missionary mandate.”
Dec 14, 2007 - 11:23 am .- This morning as he received a group from the northern Italian region of Trentino, which is in Rome to deliver the Christmas tree for St. Peter’s Square this year, the Holy Father insisted that “Christmas is a Christian feast”.
Dec 14, 2007 - 10:49 am .- Say ‘yes’ to the divine call, was Pope Benedict’s message to a crowd of Roman university students who met with him yesterday evening in St. Peter’s Basilica. The students listened to the Holy Father as he spoke about two important topics: their own spiritual formation and the importance of God for having hope in the modern world.