Jun 16, 2008 - 08:16 pm .- Today at the Vatican, Benedict XVI received the Letters of Credence of Antoine Zanga, the new ambassador of Cameroon to the Holy See. The Holy Father took the occasion to address the authorities and people of the African country exhorting them to always seek the common good.
Jun 16, 2008 - 07:17 pm .- Vatican officials and parish pastors in Rome have banned filmmakers working on the movie “Angels & Demons” from filming scenes both in the Vatican and in any church in Rome. Diocesan officials said the movie, which is based on a previous book by “The Da Vinci Code” author Dan Brown, is “blasphemous,” poisons the faith and is untruthful. One parish priest compared the filmmakers to sensationalist tour guides.
Jun 16, 2008 - 06:23 pm .- In response to a debate among local officials over the legalization of abortion, Archbishop Jose Luis Mollaghan of Rosario lamented this week that leaders forget “to protect the life of the unborn, the most defenseless human beings,” and that they do not consider that the unborn “also should be protected, like any other human beings.”
Jun 16, 2008 - 05:20 pm .- The director of Pre-Natal Care at the La Raza National Medical Center in Mexico City, Polita del Rocio Cruz, said this week the open heart surgery and C-section carried out simultaneously on a pregnant woman who had considered aborting her child “was a miracle with the help of God.”
Jun 16, 2008 - 02:41 pm .- The civil rights watchdog organization in Spain, HazteOir.org, has reported that the insurance company Ocaso has decided to pull its ads from the anti-Catholic comedy program, "Saved by the Church," broadcast by La Sexta network.
Jun 16, 2008 - 01:48 pm .- The president of the Bishops' Conference of Colombia, Archbishop Luis Augusto Castro Quiroga, said this week the Church in that country has had no contact with the FARC since the death of Raul Reyes, but that the bishops hope that peace and the release of the hostages can be obtained once dialogue is restarted.
Jun 16, 2008 - 12:24 pm .- Thousands of Poles lined up to say their final goodbyes to Agata Mroz, a young volleyball star who died on June 4 after postponing a bone marrow transplant in order to allow her daughter to be born.
Jun 16, 2008 - 10:47 am .- Over the weekend, Pope Benedict XVI visited the southern Italian Archdiocese of Brindisi-Ostuni. After being welcomed the region’s young people, the Holy Father challenged them to live lives rich in values instead of seeking after material possessions. He also called on the youth to, “Be apostles to your peers."
Jun 16, 2008 - 10:45 am .- On Sunday evening Pope Benedict wrapped up his weekend visit to the Archdiocese of Brindisi-Ostuni by speaking to a gathering of all the priests, deacons and seminarians of the archdiocese. Being a good priest, the Pope said, requires that one become a “master of prayer.”
Jun 16, 2008 - 09:52 am .- The Church reported progress in its dialogue with Muslims over the weekend as the Islamic-Catholic Liaison Committee met for its fourteenth session. Participants found five points of agreement on the topic: “The God of Justice, of Peace and of Compassion in a World Suffering from Violence.”