Feb 20, 2010 - 10:53 pm .- The number of Catholics worldwide rose by 19 million from 2007 to 2008 according to the Vatican almanac presented to the Pope on Saturday morning. The 2010 "Annuario Pontifico," or Pontifical Yearbook, which offers a variety of other statistics concerning religious and lay faithful in the Universal Church, also reports an increase in seminarians.
Feb 20, 2010 - 06:14 pm .- Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople’s newest encyclical encourages dialogue between the Orthodox Church and other Christian churches and laments those who are “unacceptably fanatical” in challenging such dialogue. He specifically condemned the false rumors spread about Catholic-Orthodox dialogue.
Feb 20, 2010 - 02:17 pm .- Bishop Michael O. Jackels of Wichita, Kansas talked about his journey into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ to about 200 young adults during the diocese's monthly Theology on Tap gathering.
Feb 20, 2010 - 12:56 pm .- In an article in the March edition of Pagine ebraiche, the most influential monthly magazine for the Jewish community in Italy, Italian Jewish expert Claudio Vercelli said the historical analysis of the role Pope Pius XII had in the Holocaust must be studied with objectivity and not with a spirit of historical vindictiveness.
Feb 20, 2010 - 10:50 am .- Meeting with members of two Italian aviation-related agencies on Saturday in the Nervi Room of the Apostolic Palace, Pope Benedict spoke of the importance of air travel to evangelization and urged airline workers to protect the integrity of people as they travel across the globe.
Feb 20, 2010 - 08:06 am .- Reports of post-competition partying and condom hand-outs at the Olympics show the need for Catholic athletes to be grounded in their faith and the need for the sporting world to recover the idea of athletics as a forge for virtue, the head of a Catholic athletes’ organization says.