Sep 11, 2008 - 10:42 pm .- Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, the Archbishop of Paris, has spoken about Pope Benedict XVI’s upcoming visit to France, saying the visit will be an opportunity for French citizens to “get acquainted” with the Pope.
Sep 11, 2008 - 09:52 pm .- The Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Joseph Biden’s erroneous comments about Church teaching on abortion have prompted corrections from many U.S. bishops. Now Biden’s own bishop has responded by saying the sanctity of life is ‘crucial’ for a just society, with the Bishop of Fargo adding that “Our precious unborn children need us to speak for them.”
Sep 11, 2008 - 07:13 pm .- Archbishop Baltazar Porras of Merida in Venezuela warned this week that the 26 laws passed in July by President Hugo Chavez “are essentially aimed at consolidating the power and control of the State government over citizens.” Speaking on local radio, the archbishop said the package of 26 laws is unconstitutional and shows that the government completely lacks knowledge of the law.
Sep 11, 2008 - 06:48 pm .- Despite Vietnamese officials’ threats of “extreme actions,” many Catholic faithful are converging on Hanoi to join the demonstrations seeking the return of confiscated church property. Some laity, priests, and bishops have traveled more than 200 miles to join the demonstrations at Thai Ha church.
Sep 11, 2008 - 05:05 pm .- Cardinal Francis George, speaking as President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has asked the U.S. government to lift its ban on remittances and travel to Cuba in a Wednesday letter to President George W. Bush.
Sep 11, 2008 - 03:08 pm .- Thousands of Catholics in Hanoi are continuing their peaceful protests asking for the return of their land illegally seized by the Vietnamese government. Worried about the international exposure of their tactics, the police are engaging in a campaign against journalists and foreign media.
Sep 11, 2008 - 01:09 pm .- The vice president of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, Archbishop Octavio Ruiz Arenas commented this week on Pope Benedict’s trip to France, saying that it is “truly a Marian pilgrimage” and that “he [the Pope] wants to place great emphasis on the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the apparitions of Lourdes.”
Sep 11, 2008 - 11:10 am .- A cardinal who assisted those sentenced to be deported during World War II died September 6 at the age of 93. Yesterday, Benedict XVI spoke of Cardinal Anthony Innocenti’s life in a homily at the Vatican Basilica.
Sep 11, 2008 - 09:28 am .- Today at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI received bishops from the South American country of Paraguay, and called on them to make a “vast missionary effort” with a focus on enlisting the help of the laity, especially in the realm of politics.
Sep 11, 2008 - 06:53 am .- CatholicVote.com, a new educational website targeting Catholic voters, has been launched by the Catholic-inspired group Fidelis. The site provides information on voter registration, candidate positions, documents from Catholic bishops, and an invitation to prayer.
Sep 11, 2008 - 04:34 am .- The Knights of Columbus-sponsored “Reclaiming Fatherhood” conference was held in Chicago on Monday and Tuesday to discuss the effect of abortion on men. Psychologists, counselors, academics, and clergy argued that not only women but also men suffer the “invisible problem” of profound grief and suffering as a result of abortion.
Sep 11, 2008 - 12:12 am .- Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the apostolic nuncio leading the Holy See’s permanent observer mission to the United Nations, on Tuesday addressed a symposium which examined how to support victims of terrorism. Calling terrorism a “direct affront to humanity,” he encouraged the work of grief counseling and spiritual support centers that help break the “continuous cycles of violence.”