New Russia holiday marked as Kremlin boosts Church

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia marked its adoption of Christianity in 988 on Wednesday with a new public holiday, the latest show of Kremlin support for an Orthodox Church that has grown increasingly powerful since the fall of Communism. Rights groups have criticized the new holiday, approved by President Dmitry Medvedev, as undermining Russia’s secular constitution…

Cuba takes another step in from the cold

ANDREW CLARK | NEW YORK, UNITED STATES – Jul 18 2010 10:14 The Cuban government has begun releasing jailed dissidents in a political concession brokered by the Catholic Church that could ease the way towards a gradual thawing of relations with the United States. Raul Castro’s regime agreed last week to free 52 activists once…

Vatican Diplomacy: Realism of Hope

Papal Visitors Show Church’s Patience, Says Spokesman VATICAN CITY, DEC. 14, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI met this month with leaders from three nations where the situation of the Church is touchy. According to a Vatican spokesman, these types of meetings reflect a principle of Holy See diplomacy: the realism of hope. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi,…

Vatican and Moscow boost ties 20 years after historic meeting

Sophia Kishkovsky: www.eni.ch Moscow (ENI). Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has issued a decree in Moscow on the establishment of full diplomatic relations with the Holy See following a meeting at the Vatican with Pope Benedict XVI. In the decree, posted on the official Kremlin Web site, www.kremlin.ru, Medvedev said the Russian Foreign Ministry should hold…

Will Gay Marriage Pit Church Against Church?

By Michael A. Lindenberger Sunday, Apr. 26, 2009 The fight over gay marriage may be far from over, but already some conservative Christian leaders are looking beyond the courtroom dramas and the legislative infighting. The trouble they see is not just an America where general support for gay marriage will have driven a wedge between…

Brazil Advances Accord Negotiations With Holy See

Will Bring Religious Education to Public Schools RIO DE JANIERO, Brazil, AUG. 20, 2009 (Zenit.org).- A bilateral accord that will regulate relations between the Holy See and Brazil was approved last week by the latter’s Foreign Relations Commission of the Chamber of Deputies. In an article published Monday on the Web page of the Brazilian…

Pope Urges Forming New World Economic Order to Work for the ‘Common Good’

By RACHEL DONADIO and LAURIE GOODSTEIN Published: July 7, 2009 VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday called for a radical rethinking of the global economy, criticizing a growing divide between rich and poor and urging the establishment of a “true world political authority” to oversee the economy and work for the “common good.”…

Pope calls for ‘God-centered’ global economy

By Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA TODAY Pope Benedict XVI today called for reforming the United Nations and establishing a “true world political authority” with “real teeth” to manage the global economy with God-centered ethics.In his third encyclical, a major teaching, released as the G-8 summit begins in Italy, the pope says such an authority is…

Pope calls for a “global authority” on economy

Tue Jul 7, 2009 3:25pm EDT By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Benedict called on Tuesday for a “world political authority” to manage the global economy and for more government regulation of national economies to pull the world out of the current crisis and avoid a repeat. The pope made his call for…