Dec 18, 2007 - 03:47 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints on Monday to publish and circulate the decrees of miracles attributed to the intercession of six Servants of God and the decrees of the heroic virtues of eight people, including Antonietta Meo, a six year-old Italian girl known as “Nennolina,” and Manuel Lozano Garrido, a Spanish handicapped layman who was a journalist and writer.
Dec 18, 2007 - 02:07 pm .- New Jersey has now become the first U.S. state in four decades to ban capital punishment, the Associated Press reports.Governor Jon S. Corzine on Monday signed into law a measure that abolishes the death penalty in the state. The death sentence is replaced with life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Dec 18, 2007 - 11:46 am .- The Archbishop of Monterrey, Cardinal Francisco Robles Ortega, said this week that the family is “an institution that is natural, that is the basis of society,” and he warned those who oppose a new law that would protect it not to attempt to “supplant such an important institution as the family.”
Dec 18, 2007 - 11:42 am .- The vice president of the Department of Foreign Ecclesial Affairs of the Patriarchate of Moscow, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, welcomed the personal prelature of Opus Dei, which recently opened a community in Russia, and said its energy and fidelity “to Christian ideals are worthy of great respect.”
Dec 18, 2007 - 11:36 am .- Pro-life stipulations have been preserved in the latest congressional omnibus appropriations bill, which approves the budget for the U.S. federal government.
Dec 18, 2007 - 11:34 am .- Bishop Julius Jia Zhiguo of Zhengding, who was arrested in August for removing a Catholic Patriotic Association sign from his cathedral, was released on Friday after four months of detention.
Dec 18, 2007 - 11:22 am .- Thirteen businesses belonging to Christians, as well as the façade of a church, have been attacked by Muslim extremists during the last week in Isna in southern Egypt.
Dec 18, 2007 - 11:15 am .- The Holy See, through the Apostolic Nuncio in Brazil, has asked Bishop Luiz Flavio Cappio of the Diocese of Barra to end “as soon as possible” the hunger strike he has been carrying out for 18 days.
Dec 18, 2007 - 11:04 am .- An Italian girl who died of cancer at the age of six and a half could soon become one of the youngest saints canonized in recent years.On Monday Pope Benedict XVI signed papers confirming the “heroic virtues” of Antonietta Meo, who was born in Rome in 1930.
Dec 18, 2007 - 10:39 am .- Vatican officials said Monday that a papal visit to the Holy Land would not take place due to a variety of reasons, which include conflicts with the Israeli government over policies detrimental to Christians in the region.Vatican spokesman Frederico Lombardi, at a reporters’ briefing on Monday, said that Pope Benedict XVI had on many occasions expressed his desire to travel to the Holy Land. Lombardi said both the need for general peace in the area and relations between the Church and local authorities would need to be considered to determine if there were “positive signs” for a papal visit.
Dec 18, 2007 - 09:00 am .- At noon on Monday, December 10, Immaculate Heart Radio began broadcasting in San Francisco on 1260 AM. Though already broadcasting in several California cities, Immaculate Heart Radio’s expansion to San Francisco makes it the first Catholic radio station to cover the dioceses of San Francisco, San Jose, and most of Monterey and Santa Rosa.