Feb 20, 2009 - 11:08 pm .- The Bolivian Bishops’ Conference expressed support this week for the Apostolic Vicar of Pando, Msgr. Luis Casey, who rejected the government’s violation of the fundamental freedoms committed of twelve people soldiers detained in the state of Pando.
Feb 20, 2009 - 09:24 pm .- The secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, said recently that the reading of the Word of God should be done without falling into “subjectivism, arbitrariness or fundamentalism.”
Feb 20, 2009 - 08:05 pm .- The secretary general of the Bishops’ Conference of Spain, Bishop Juan Antonio Martinez Camino, said Thursday that the social acceptance of abortion “is one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century” and reiterated that “taking an innocent life is an absolute evil.”
Feb 20, 2009 - 05:53 pm .- Explaining that he is determined to “prevent scandal,” Bishop of Scranton Joseph Martino has said that he will cancel Masses for St. Patrick’s Day or for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade if any pro-abortion officials are honored at the holiday events.
Feb 20, 2009 - 03:29 pm .- An Israeli comedian has caused an uproar in the Holy Land by broadcasting skits that the Vatican described in a Friday statement as "blasphemous."
Feb 20, 2009 - 02:43 pm .- The bishops of Eastern Europe issued a statement this week marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, warning that “the wounds caused by Communism continue to be present in the lives of the countries that suffered behind the Iron Curtain.”
Feb 20, 2009 - 11:39 am .- Today the Holy Father praised members of the Rome-based International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) for their efforts in reducing poverty in rural areas of the world. He told the organization, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, that love must be the primary motivator in the war against poverty.
Feb 20, 2009 - 11:26 am .- Pope Benedict XVI took an audience with members of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America as a chance to give a ringing endorsement of the Great Continental Mission and to underline the necessity of forming solid priests as a key part of that mission.
Feb 20, 2009 - 06:39 am .- In a startling defense of legal abortion supporter Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Catholics United has attacked Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, accusing him being more interested in trying to score political points against the governor than in crafting effective abortion policy within the reality of politics.
Feb 20, 2009 - 04:08 am .- Wide-eyed figures, often viewed as “windows to the eternal,” have long peered from rustic churches and chapels inside of Alaska’s Russian Orthodox churches. More recently, however, a growing number are appearing in local Catholic parishes as well.
Feb 20, 2009 - 01:15 am .- In a letter dated February 19, Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput announced that Dr. Jonathan Reyes, former president of the Augustine Institute, will be the new CEO of Denver’s Catholic Charities. The prelate remarked that Reyes will bring a strong commitment to the poor and a deep understanding of Catholic teaching to the position.
Feb 20, 2009 - 12:05 am .- A delegation from the Vatican headed by Archbishop Pietro Parolin is wrapping up a visit to Vietnam this week. Progress was made towards establishing better relations, both the Vatican and the Communist government said, but local Catholics remain skeptical.