Jan 17, 2011 - 08:10 pm .- Pope Benedict met with prominent Israeli Rabbi Shlomo Riskin on Jan. 12, who updated the pontiff on the efforts of the Jewish community to support local Christians in the face of mounting tensions with Islamic militants.
Jan 17, 2011 - 05:01 pm .- Brother Jean Pierre Schumacher is one of two monks who escaped death in the massacre of Thibirine, Algeria in 1996. Since then, he has not ceased praying for the conversion of the Muslim extremists who killed seven members of his community.
Jan 17, 2011 - 04:06 pm .- On a day already meant to be celebratory for the Neocatechumenal Way, the Holy See gave the movement more reason to cheer as it announced its approval of the community's series of teachings. The Pope praised the community, but also gave them explicit instructions to work with local priests to carry out their mission.
Jan 17, 2011 - 02:12 pm .- On the observance of Martin Luther King Day, African-American leaders noted the slain civil rights figure’s Christian position on cultural issues like abortion and sexual ethics. Illinois religious and political leaders also organized to challenge the “hijacking” of the civil rights movement by homosexual political activists.
Jan 17, 2011 - 12:57 pm .- The bishops of Latin America announced Jan. 14 that the Second Continental Vocations Congress will be held in Costa Rica Jan. 31 - Feb. 5.