Dec 1, 2008 - 10:06 pm .- Bishop of Scranton Joseph F. Martino’s October comments emphasizing the importance of abortion in Catholic voters’ decisions could result in continued national and even international attention focused upon the Pennsylvania bishop, Catholic observer John Allen says.
Dec 1, 2008 - 08:54 pm .- Fides news agency reported this week that during a recent meeting in Suji, South Korea the Church in South Korea said that continuing the humanitarian aid to North Korea is the key to bring about reconciliation between the two nations.
Dec 1, 2008 - 06:32 pm .- Archbishop Jose Luis Chavez Botello of Antequera-Oaxaca warned this week that alcoholism has become a social illness and urged Mexicans to combat the problem starting in the family.
Dec 1, 2008 - 05:50 pm .- President George W. Bush on Monday discussed his administration’s AIDS relief policies, announcing that the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, known as PEPFAR, has exceeded its goal of assisting millions of victims and their families.
Dec 1, 2008 - 02:34 pm .- The website of the Catholic bishops of Cuba announced just hours before the beatification of Father Jose Olallo Valdes that Daniela Cabrera Ramos was cured of terminal cancer at the age of three and that her healing paved the way for the Cuban priest’s beatification.
Dec 1, 2008 - 01:21 pm .- The secretary for the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants, Archbishop Agostino Marchetto, announced last week his dicastery is working on a document that will address the issue of refugees and be issued in 2009.
Dec 1, 2008 - 12:10 pm .- Before praying the Angelus at St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, Pope Benedict visited the Vatican Basilica of San Lorenzo to celebrate the 1,750th anniversary of St. Lawrence’s martyrdom.
Dec 1, 2008 - 11:57 am .- Greeting professors, staff and students from the University of Parma, Italy today, the Holy Father cautioned of the dangers of isolating students and the university from the whole of society, especially through information technology. Additionally, he spoke of the great reformer, St. Peter Damian and the current need to reform the university.
Dec 1, 2008 - 11:48 am .- Opening the season of Advent on Saturday by praying Vespers, Pope Benedict XVI said that the cry of the Church, "Come Lord Jesus," is a cry for the Lord to come "not as some beautiful decoration to a world already saved, but as the only way of liberation from mortal danger."
Dec 1, 2008 - 10:47 am .- As the Church begins a new liturgical year with the start of Advent, Pope Benedict XVI has published his prayer intentions for the month of December. He mentions in particular taking up the fight against the culture of death and that Christ may be made known as the hope of the world.
Dec 1, 2008 - 12:03 am .- A Catholic weekly in Malaysia involved in a controversy with the government over its use of the word "Allah" has not yet been granted its publishing license for next year.