Jan 8, 2008 - 05:16 pm .- Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, Prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for the Cause of the Saints, has announced that the beatification of the great British convert and scholar, Cardinal John Henry Newman, is "imminent."
Jan 8, 2008 - 04:18 pm .- Malaysia has ruled that a Catholic newspaper cannot use the word “Allah.” The ruling contradicts earlier reports that the government had reversed the ban on the use of the word by non-Muslims, according to Reuters.
Jan 8, 2008 - 04:08 pm .- The bishop of Phoenix will act as administrator for the Diocese of Gallup, New Mexico, as its present bishop goes on medical leave for a year, the Arizona Republic reports.
Jan 8, 2008 - 03:05 pm .- Everyone has “the right and the responsibility to defend and implement all human rights", declared Archbishop Silvano Tomasi in a speech to the U.N. Human Rights Commission, which is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights this year.
Jan 8, 2008 - 02:16 pm .- A new bill tightening abortion laws could split the Italian government’s ruling coalition, Bloomberg News reports.
Jan 8, 2008 - 02:11 pm .- A provision in a 2008 domestic spending bill will change the positioning of the national motto “In God We Trust” on new dollar coins honoring U.S. presidents, the Winston Salem-Journal reports.
Jan 8, 2008 - 12:45 pm .- During the opening Mass for the 35th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus, Cardinal Franc Rode, prefect of the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, called on the sons of St. Ignatius to help restore the “sensus ecclesiae”—the sense of Church—and faithfulness to the Holy Father within consecrated life in the Church.
Jan 8, 2008 - 11:01 am .- Yesterday at the Vatican, Benedict XVI addressed the 176 States of the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See. The Pope spent most of his talk giving a rundown of the state of the world, focusing on several regions that have seen unrest.
Jan 8, 2008 - 11:00 am .- In the celebration of the Mass for the Epiphany, Pope Benedict declared that "today we celebrate Christ, Light of the world, and His 'manifestation' to all people" while reflecting on God’s continued faithfulness throughout a human history of sin.
Jan 8, 2008 - 10:22 am .- Recently released figures reveal that pilgrims continue to come to Rome in significant numbers under Pope Benedict XVI’s pontificate.
Jan 8, 2008 - 09:12 am .- Relatives are strongly opposing the planned exhumation and display of the body of St. Padre Pio, the twentieth-century Italian priest renowned for his stigmata and preternatural powers.
Jan 8, 2008 - 09:11 am .- Venerable Jose Olallo Valdes, a religious from the Brothers of St. John of God, may become Cuba's second person to be proclaimed a blessed in November 2008, say sources from the Cuban Archdiocese of Camaguey.
Jan 8, 2008 - 09:04 am .- Today the 35th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus will begin in Rome. During the meeting, 225 Jesuit delegates from around the world will elect a new general superior to replace their outgoing leader Father Peter Hans Kolvenbach.
Jan 8, 2008 - 08:12 am .- The Kenya Episcopal Conference denounced the many acts of political violence after the reaction to disputed results and allegations of voting fraud in the national election. The bishops joined the Pope in praying for peace in the country.
Jan 8, 2008 - 07:33 am .- During the recitation of the Angelus at St. Peter’s Square on Sunday’s Feast of the Epiphany, Pope Benedict XVI emphasized the importance of being faithful to one’s vocation in order to help guide the steps of fellow believers.
Jan 8, 2008 - 06:15 am .- Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, the apostolic nuncio to Iraq and Jordan, denounced the yesterday’s attacks against seven churches and convents in Mosul and Baghdad in an interview with SIR on Monday. The nuncio also told Servizio Informativo Religioso (SIR) that the attacks were coordinated and this worried him.
Jan 8, 2008 - 05:54 am .- The Congregation for the Clergy has launched a worldwide Eucharistic adoration campaign for the holiness of priests and for vocations to the priestly life. One particular focus of the new effort is to pray for the victims of clergy sexual abuse.