Oct 2, 2010 - 06:18 pm .- The Vatican's upcoming Synod for the Middle East aims to give "maximum visibility" to the situation of the Church and Christians in the region, said the synod's organizer in an interview this week. He spoke of some of the main issues up for discussion, emphasizing that trust in God's presence in the Holy Land reassures the Church that the region will not become a mere "archeological dig" for Christianity.
Oct 2, 2010 - 05:45 pm .- More than 100,000 people will reportedly join the Holy Father on Sunday for celebrations in the Sicilian capital of Palermo. In the midst of recent hardships, many in the southern Italian region are looking to the Pope for words to inspire a strengthening of the social and moral fabric of the island.
Oct 2, 2010 - 01:15 pm .- Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz is urging Alaskans to celebrate “Respect Life Sunday” on Sunday, Oct. 3 – an annual, nationwide commemoration to help bring Catholic Church teaching on the value and dignity of human life to the Catholic community and public at large.
Oct 2, 2010 - 12:18 pm .- Anticipating the possible announcement of a change at the helm of the U.S. government's cabinet, L'Osservatore Romano said this was President Barack Obama's first move to form a "new team" ahead of the 2012 presidential elections. In the meantime, the Vatican's semi-official paper observed, his party's prospects for the November elections are "not exactly rosy."
Oct 2, 2010 - 06:11 am .- Announcing the agenda for its third ever United States Mission Congress, to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico from October 28 to 31, the United States Catholic Mission Association described a need “to put our Church in a constant state of mission.” The association's director notes that the gathering is occurring at an important moment for missionary activity in the church.
Oct 2, 2010 - 05:27 am .- The Vatican’s spokesman has invited humanity to put the death penalty in the past. Rejecting the gravest punishment of all in every one of its forms, he said that today mankind has moved beyond any necessity to kill.
Oct 2, 2010 - 12:08 am .- Catholic League president Bill Donohue has criticized the New York auction house Sotheby’s for including an artwork of a crucified frog in its latest exhibit. Pope Benedict XVI previously wrote that the work “injured” religious feeling and an Italian official went on a hunger strike to protest its display in a regional museum.