Feb 26, 2008 - 09:02 pm .- The Times Online reports that on February 21 Catholics in England celebrated the 207th birthday of John Henry Cardinal Newman, a prominent clergyman whose conversion from Anglicanism to Catholicism shocked Victorian society.
Feb 26, 2008 - 06:18 pm .- The Archbishop of Toledo, Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, said this week that Spain’s memory and identity “like it or not” were forged by the Christian faith.
Feb 26, 2008 - 05:03 pm .- Alberto Iribarne, named recently by the government of Cristina Kirchner to be Argentina’s new ambassador to the Holy See, has decided not to accept the post over the impasse the nomination has created with the Vatican because of his status as a divorced and remarried Catholic, a “canonical irregularity” that resulted in the Holy See’s withholding of official approval.
Feb 26, 2008 - 03:23 pm .- The Parliamentarian Front in Defense of Life has launched a campaign to establish a congressional commission to look into why abortion is not prosecuted by the government when it is illegal in the country.
Feb 26, 2008 - 02:01 pm .- Bishop Ramon Antonio Linares Sandoval of Barinas in Venezuela said this week he felt “honored” by the graffiti that has recently showed up around the city attacking the bishop for his criticism of the attempted military coup of 1992 led by current President Hugo Chavez.
Feb 26, 2008 - 01:12 pm .- Various bishops from the Oceania region say that the faithful in their churches are looking to Pope Benedict XVI’s visit for World Youth Day as “an event of special grace".
Feb 26, 2008 - 10:58 am .- Today the Holy See Press Office announced that Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone will visit Armenia and Azerbaijan to meet with the government authorities and “to express the closeness of the Holy Father Benedict XVI to the Catholic faithful in those countries.
Feb 26, 2008 - 10:50 am .- Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican Secretary of State, will meet this Tuesday “after lunch” with the new president of Cuba, Raul Castro, becoming the first international leader to meet with Fidel Castro’s successor.
Feb 26, 2008 - 10:43 am .- This morning, the Pontifical Council Cor Unum sent financial aid from the Pope for the people of Ecuador who have been affected by recent flooding and the eruption of the volcano Tungurahua.
Feb 26, 2008 - 07:45 am .- The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) will hold a special plenary meeting on Tuesday to discuss its position on a recent government corruption scandal involving the president of the Philippines, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports.
Feb 26, 2008 - 03:45 am .- A committee in the British House of Commons will investigate Catholic schools following the Bishop of Lancaster’s instructions to schools to place crucifixes in every classroom and stop “safe sex” education, the Independent reports.
Feb 26, 2008 - 01:23 am .- Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Denver, is pointing to coercion by pro-abortion groups and some state legislators in a local controversy over the merger of non-Catholic hospitals with a Catholic health care system run by the Sisters of Charity.