Sep 22, 2008 - 10:45 pm .- In response to the violence and confrontations that are sweeping across Bolivia, the Apostolic Nuncio to that country, Archbishop Luciano Suriani, has encouraged Bolivians to work for “peace and understanding between all, for the serenity and harmony necessary to building a society worth of mankind.”
Sep 22, 2008 - 08:27 pm .- A new science-fiction novel co-authored by Archbishop of Newark John J. Myers and “Roger Rabbit” creator Gary K. Wolf has sold “decently” in the first six months since its publication. The “fast-paced intergalactic tale” is about a space marshal and a con man who team up with a widow and her two children to fight a cosmic villain named Space Vulture.
Sep 22, 2008 - 07:16 pm .- A self-described liberal Democrat has explained his opposition to same-sex marriage in an opinion column for the Los Angeles Times. Arguing that marriage is not “simply a private love relationship between two people,” he argues that marriage unites the “biological, social and legal” dimensions of parenthood into the “pro-child” form of the married couple.
Sep 22, 2008 - 06:10 pm .- The National Council of Laity in Venezuela expressed its rejection this week of a package of 26 laws passed by President Hugo Chavez last July, saying they violate fundamental human rights and imply control of citizens by the State.
Sep 22, 2008 - 04:56 pm .- The simmering property disputes between the Catholic Church and the Vietnamese government were again aggravated on Sunday when a Hanoi official accused the Archbishop of Hanoi of inciting riots, making false allegations against the government, ridiculing the law, and disrespecting the nation.
Sep 22, 2008 - 02:33 pm .- On Saturday Benedict XVI addressed a group of 100 recently-appointed bishops who are participating in a training seminar on the episcopate. “Allow yourselves to be guided by St. Paul who did not avoid difficulties and sufferings because he was well aware that they are part of the cross which, as Christians, we must carry every day,” he adivsed them.
Sep 22, 2008 - 12:39 pm .- In an article published by the L’Osservatore Romano, Francesco Castelli, a biographer of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, has revealed details of the first investigation in 1921 by the Holy Office—now the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith—into the life of the Italian priest and the authenticity of his stigmata.
Sep 22, 2008 - 10:28 am .- Meeting with participants of the International Congress of the Benedictine Federation on Saturday, the Holy Father encouraged the group to announce “the primacy of God without compromise” and to continue evangelizing the youth by showing them the richness of the liturgy, of meditation and lectio divina.
Sep 22, 2008 - 10:25 am .- Before reciting the Angelus on Sunday morning, Pope Benedict traveled to the small town of Albano to dedicate a new altar at its cathedral and to celebrate Mass. Pope Benedict’s message to the congregation of San Pancrazio was to work at continuously communicating their differences and to forgive one another before approaching the Eucharistic altar.