Feb 12, 2008 - 11:59 pm .- In an interview with the Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano, Cardinal Albert Vanhoye, former secretary of the Pontifical Biblical Commission and the Pope’s choice to lead the Lenten retreat for the Roman Curia, said the Spiritual Exercises are necessary for renewing one’s Christian vocation.
Feb 12, 2008 - 10:06 pm .- Archbishop Fernando Saenz Lacalle of San Salvador has called on the country’s leaders to prevent other countries from interfering in El Salvador’s future elections.
Feb 12, 2008 - 06:50 pm .- The Archbishop of Krakow, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, expressed concern this week over the marriage crisis that is affecting Polish society and warned that the practice of cohabitation popular among young people is a pagan way of preparing for marriage.
Feb 12, 2008 - 05:41 pm .- During the International Congress in Defense of Life in Aparecida, Brazil, the Archbishop of Sao Paulo, Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer, said Catholics must “communicate the reasons” why they defend life so that the world understands the importance of doing so.
Feb 12, 2008 - 03:08 pm .- The prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, said this week the sale of relics of the saints on eBay is “totally unacceptable business.”
Feb 12, 2008 - 12:45 pm .- The Jesuits’ Father General, Adolfo Nicolás S.J., announced the names of his ten Regional Assistants during the meeting of the General Congregation on Tuesday morning, February 12, 2008. Among the new assistants is an American, Fr. James Grummer, who held the same position under the previous Father General, Fr. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach.
Feb 12, 2008 - 11:48 am .- On Saturday morning Pope Benedict XVI received participants in an international congress on the theme: “Woman and man, the ‘humanum’ in its entirety.” During his reflections, the Holy Father called on Christians to promote “a culture that grants women, in law and in everyday life, the dignity that is theirs by right.”
Feb 12, 2008 - 11:19 am .- Today the Holy Father appointed Fr. Michael Gregory Campbell O.S.A. as the coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Lancaster, England.
Feb 12, 2008 - 09:02 am .- On Monday morning, American Life League (ALL) was informed by YouTube that one of its exposé videos on Planned Parenthood was evicted from their for its “inappropriate nature.” Strangely enough, the ad that the ALL was criticizing remains on YouTube.
Feb 12, 2008 - 07:32 am .- A retreat center that some have billed as Europe’s only center dedicated to performing exorcisms is being planned to be built in a village in the northwest of Poland, the Washington Post reports.
Feb 12, 2008 - 05:01 am .- Recent exposure of government corruption in the Philippines has prompted the country’s Catholic Bishops’ Conference (CBCP) to call for non-violent “communal action” to spur political reform.
Feb 12, 2008 - 02:47 am .- Cardinal Desmond Connell, former archbishop of Dublin, has withdrawn his attempt to prevent a government sexual abuse inquiry from examining documents provided by his successor, the Irish Times reports.