Dec 17, 2007 - 05:29 pm .- India and China, the Asian giants with more than one billion inhabitants each, have been forced to prohibit the use of ultrasounds in order to determine the sex of unborn babies in order to prevent the selective abortion of girls, since the number of baby boys far exceeds the number of baby girls being born in the two countries.
Dec 17, 2007 - 04:13 pm .- In the Vatican today, Pope Benedict XVI received members of the College of Postulators from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. His message to them was that their work offers the Church witnesses who demonstrate how to lead a holy life in the world today and therefore indispensable.The Pope began his address to them by mentioning the forthcoming 25th anniversary of the promulgation of the Apostolic Constitution "Divinus Perfectionis Magister" with which, in 1983, John Paul II revised the procedures of the causes of saints in order to respond to the wishes of experts and pastors who were calling "for a more manageable procedure...
Dec 17, 2007 - 03:47 pm .- After a meeting of the bilateral commission of Israel and the Holy See on December 12 and 13, which is working to establish an accord between the two parties, the Apostolic Nuncio to the Holy Land, Archbishop Antonio Franco said, “There is nothing new. ... Decisive will exists to reach a solution.”
Dec 17, 2007 - 02:29 pm .- A number of Catholic churches were “inaugurated, consecrated and opened” in China during the months of October and November, some of which “have been rebuilt, and others newly built.”
Dec 17, 2007 - 12:31 pm .- The Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Gynuity, which promotes chemical abortion worldwide, has published a new paper on its website aimed to promote widespread access to abortion and undermine national laws against it in Latin America.
Dec 17, 2007 - 12:21 pm .- Officials in Madrid closed down the Mayrit clinic for irregularities including the falsification of documents in order to justify abortions, signed by a psychologist before he actually met the patients.
Dec 17, 2007 - 12:18 pm .- Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will lead an estimated 20,000 people in the Fourth Annual Walk for Life West Coast on January 19, 2008.
Dec 17, 2007 - 12:15 pm .- A Catholic priest was stabbed in the stomach and hospitalized on Sunday, the Associated Press reports, adding to the numbers of Turkish attacks on Catholic clergy in recent years.
Dec 17, 2007 - 12:02 pm .- The White House has sent out its annual Christmas card, featuring a seven-line excerpt from the Bible. The card quotes from the Old Testament Book of Nehemiah 9:6, which in the New International Version of the Bible reads: You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens...
Dec 17, 2007 - 11:58 am .- Italian film, stage and opera director Franco Zeffirelli has said Pope Benedict XVI needs a makeover of his “cold” image and his “showy” clothes, BBC News reports.
Dec 17, 2007 - 11:56 am .- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester on Saturday began distributing voting guides to parishioners, the Nashua Telegraph reports. The guides recommend voters choose the candidate whose presidency would cause the least harm to human life.
Dec 17, 2007 - 11:48 am .- Upon completing their “ad limina” visit with Pope Benedict, a delegation of bishops from Japan are returning to their homeland with the mission of imparting a message of the true hope to Japanese society. On Saturday, the group of Japanese prelates heard the Pope encourage them to “seek new ways of bringing alive the message of Christ in the cultural setting of modern Japan.
Dec 17, 2007 - 10:47 am .- At five o’clock in the evening on Friday, the Pope presided at the funeral of the Austrian Cardinal Alfons Maria Stickler S.D.B. in St. Peter's Basilica. The Pope praised Cardinal Stickler as a man who lived a life always motivated by humble adherence to God’s will and faithfulness to the Church.
Dec 17, 2007 - 10:38 am .- In his fifth visit as Pope to a Roman parish community, the Holy Father visited “Santa Maria del Rosario ai Maritiri Portuensi” to consecrate their new church. His message to the parishioners was that they should be ready to give a witness for their hope, taking inspiration from the martyrs who are buried nearby.
Dec 17, 2007 - 10:20 am .- Twelve hours after he was reported missing, retired Archbishop Emeritus Patrick Flores was found pumping gas at 3 a.m. at a West Texas convenience store, 200 miles from his home.
Dec 17, 2007 - 10:11 am .- Pope Benedict XVI will be keeping up his usual flurry of activity during the Christmas season this year, as the Office of Liturgical Celebrations made apparent today. The following is the Holy Father’s schedule for the upcoming feasts.