Apr 30, 2008 - 08:37 pm .- Cardinal Antonio Rouco Varela of Madrid has expressed to missionaries his joy over their “generous commitment” and called attention to the limitations they suffer due to a lack of resources.
Apr 30, 2008 - 07:58 pm .- The Catholic Church in Uruguay, together with seven Christian groups, has sent a letter to the country’s president, Tabare Vazquez, expressing support for the veto of a new law that would legalize abortion in Uruguay.
Apr 30, 2008 - 06:08 pm .- In an interview with “Christopher Closeup,” a radio show for the media apostolate The Christophers, Jim Caviezel described both the deep fear he felt when adopting two children with brain tumors, and the joy he and his wife have received from doing the will of Christ.
Apr 30, 2008 - 06:03 pm .- The Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference said this week that education should not be made a political issue, because it is the right of all Venezuelans to receive quality, values-based education.
Apr 30, 2008 - 05:20 pm .- Catholics and other Christians in China are considering how to respond to the Olympic Games. While some Catholics are avoiding controversy altogether, some are uniting to protest the abuses of the Chinese government, according to UCA News.
Apr 30, 2008 - 04:06 pm .- Following today's general audience, Benedict XVI received a group of Iranian Muslims who have been meeting biannually for the last 12 years with the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue. The dialogue between the Vatican and the Muslim group resulted in an agreement on faith and reason, violence and religion and the method for dialogue.
Apr 30, 2008 - 04:01 pm .- Switzerland has now become a country in which the unborn are less important than plants and animals. The country’s Federal Ethics Committee is encouraging the defense of the “dignity” of plants, and Parliament has approved a law granting animals unprecedented rights.
Apr 30, 2008 - 10:50 am .- The Vatican released the Pope's prayer intentions for the month of May this morning. For this coming month, Benedict XVI is focusing on praying that Christians become more involved in promoting human dignity in society and that Mary will continue to guide missionaries around the world.
Apr 30, 2008 - 10:37 am .- Today Pope Benedict accepted the resignation of Bishop Donald E. Pelotte of the Diocese of Gallup, who has been on medical leave since last December.
Apr 30, 2008 - 10:27 am .- The Vatican has released the calendar of liturgical events that will be presided over by Pope Benedict between the months of May – August. The list includes Mass and procession on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi; First Vespers to open the Pauline Year; World Youth Day in Sydney; and Mass to celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption.
Apr 30, 2008 - 10:06 am .- Pope Benedict dedicated his reflections today to his recent apostolic journey to the United States. In his comments he praised the U.S. for its multicultural plurality and its foundation on the "happy marriage" of religious principles, ethical and political rights. This kind of interchange, the Pope said, is an example of healthy secularism.
Apr 30, 2008 - 05:37 am .- In what appears to be an attempt to improve relations between the Holy See and Beijing, the China Philharmonic Orchestra is scheduled to perform for Pope Benedict XVI next week at the Vatican, Reuters reports.
Apr 30, 2008 - 04:05 am .- Catholic schools in Britain are now rebuffing parents who, desperate to enroll their children in high-quality Catholic schools, baptize their children for pragmatic reasons, according to the Telegraph.
Apr 30, 2008 - 03:00 am .- Rev. John Hagee, the controversial pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, has lauded Pope Benedict XVI in a Washington Times essay and thanked him for the speeches he made during his U.S. visit. Hagee praised what he called Pope Benedict’s “moral vision for America,” especially the Pope’s affirmation of Christian participation in the public square.