Large number of Jesuit college alumni serving in 111th Congress

WASHINGTON (CNS) — With a new president and members of the House and Senate sworn into office, officials of U.S. Jesuit colleges and universities have something to crow about, with a whopping 52 members of the 111th Congress who are alumni of their institutions. That’s close to 10 percent of the 535 members of the…

BENEDICT XVI’S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR JANUARY

VATICAN CITY, 30 DEC 2008 (VIS) – Pope Benedict XVI’s general prayer intention for January is: “That the family ma become more and more a place of training in charity, personal growth and transmission of the faith”. His mission intention is: “That the different Christian confessions, aware of the need for a new evangelization in…

Promoting a New World Order Worthy of Human Beings

Promoting a New World Order Worthy of Human Beings VATICAN CITY, 1 JAN 2009 (VIS) – At noon today, shortly after celebrating Mass in the Vatican Basilica, Benedict XVI addressed the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square to pray the Angelus. The Pope wished a happy New Year to all present and to those who…

Pope describes Catholicism as the ‘cornerstone’ of Canadian society

Vatican City, Oct 30, 2008 / 10:40 am (CNA).- Anne Leahy, Canada’s new ambassador to the Holy See, was received by Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday morning at an audience where she presented her credentials. Speaking to the new diplomat, the Pope recalled that Catholicism is the “cornerstone” of Canadian society and encouraged Canadians to…

Pope: Religion has a place in politics

PARIS, France (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI urged Christians to make their voices heard in France and other countries that have strong traditions of secularism, saying Friday that politics and religion must be open to each other. The pope embarked Friday on a four-day trip — his first to France as pontiff — that will…

Philippine famiy planning find hurdles

by Kendrick GoSun Aug 31, 12:30 AM ET In a country where three babies are born each minute and the Catholic Church exerts heavy influence, the long battle for a family planning programme could finally be reaching its climax. Philippine congressman Edcel Lagman, who has introduced a Reproductive Health Care Act that appears to be…

History’s Dark Pages Called Lessons for Today

Benedict XVI Recalls Predecessor Exiled by Napoleon SAVONA, Italy, MAY 19, 2008 (Zenit.org).- The “dark page” of history written by Napoleon Bonaparte when he exiled Pope Pius VII from Rome is a lesson for today’s Church as it teaches courage to face the challenges of the world. The German Pontiff affirmed this Saturday during his…

Moscow patriarchate rejects Catholic-Orthodox statement on papal primacy

Moscow, May. 20, 2008 (CWNews.com) – The Russian Orthodox Church has officially rejected a doctrinal statement approved by a joint Catholic-Orthodox theological commission at a meeting in Ravenna, Italy last October. The Ravenna meeting reached agreement that the Bishop of Rome traditionally enjoyed primacy among all the world’s bishops, of both the Eastern and Western…

Aide: Pope Looking for Ecumenical Honesty

by Zenit Holy Father Not Satisfied with “Well Wishing”   NEW YORK (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is looking for a “commitment of honesty” from Christians engaged in ecumenical dialogue, according to a Vatican aide. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office, said this Saturday in comments to the press on the address the…

Unrealistic to live as if one religion, Vatican cardinal says in Kenya

Fredrick Nzwili Nairobi (ENI). Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, has said religions should be prepared to ask difficult questions and he asserts it is unrealistic to live as if there was only one global faith. “Partners in the dialogue must be open to talk about those issues…