Feb 16, 2009 - 10:36 pm .- At the conclusion of their 86th Plenary Assembly, the bishops of Colombia issued a statement reaffirming their commitment to the search for peace in the country, which has been racked by years of violence.
Feb 16, 2009 - 09:04 pm .- During their 21st Plenary Assembly last week, the Latin Rite bishops of India addressed the issue of the systematic attacks on the Christian community in the country and the importance of “the Word of God, the source of life for the Indian people.”
Feb 16, 2009 - 08:57 pm .- A Vatican diplomatic delegation began its sixteenth annual visit to Vietnam on Sunday following a year of Church-state clashes concerning the ownership of confiscated church properties. One Vietnamese priest said the delegation faces “enormous difficulties” in its planned talks with government officials.
Feb 16, 2009 - 07:44 pm .- Receiving prelates from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, the Holy Father praised the growth of Christianity in their country and noted that the expansion of the Church calls for extra attention to the training of diocesan personnel, in order to deepen the faith of people in the region.
Feb 16, 2009 - 07:23 pm .- The secretariat of the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community has welcomed a proposed EU law that would safeguard Sunday as a day of rest from work.
Feb 16, 2009 - 05:48 pm .- The year of 2009 is shaping up to be one in which Africa is in the Vatican spotlight. Pope Benedict, besides traveling to the continent next month, announced on Saturday the leaders of a Synod of Bishops on Africa.
Feb 16, 2009 - 04:20 pm .- An un-named 12 year-old girl has become a hit on YouTube because of the simplicity and eloquence with which she explains the tragedy of abortion.
Feb 16, 2009 - 03:17 pm .- The Apostolic Nuncio to Israel, Archbishop Antonio Franco, said last week that the Pope’s upcoming visit to the Holy Land in May will make the Pontiff “a bearer of peace and reconciliation.”
Feb 16, 2009 - 02:11 pm .- Today the Vatican announced that it will recognize 10 blesseds as saints on February 21 in a ceremony at the Vatican. Among the soon-to-be canonized is Bl. Damian de Veuster, a Belgian missionary who spent much of his life in Hawaii caring for lepers.
Feb 16, 2009 - 11:55 am .- On Monday at noon in Rome, the Vatican’s Press Office confirmed to CNA that Pope Benedict will be receiving U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in an audience at noon on Wednesday.
Feb 16, 2009 - 10:51 am .- According to Austrian news sources, the Vatican on Monday accepted Fr. Gerhard Maria Wagner’s request to rescind his nomination as Auxiliary Bishop of Linz, Austria, "in the interest of and for the benefit of the diocese" and to "avoid further division in the Church."