At midday today (13 December 2006), the message of Pope Benedict XVI for the 15th World Day of the Sick was made public. The event will be commemorated on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes on Sunday 11 February 2007. Full text of the news in Czech: HERE.
Bishop Antal Majnek of Mukachevo, Ukraine, will visit the Czech Republic on 20-22 December 2006 and on Thursday 21 at 5.30 pm he will celebrate the mass at Ss Peter and Paul Cathedral in Brno. His visit is initiated by the Charity Znojmo that helps the Ukrainian children by various projects: children's homes, protected workshop, and transitory home for full-aged children leaving children's home. Full text of the news in Czech: HERE.
The Holy See Press Office released yesterday (12.12.2006) a communiqué on the Holocaust. It is a reaction to a conference held recently in Tehran, Iran. Full text of the news in Czech: HERE.
Bishop Alejandro Goic Karmelic, the president of the Chilean Bishops' Conference, urged his fellow countrymen to avoid provocations after General Augusto Pinochet's death Sunday. Full text of the news in Czech: HERE.
On Sunday 17 December at 10.30 am, Bishop Karel Herbst of Prague will celebrate the mass at the St Francis of Assisi Church in Prague. He will also bless the bells for the Mother Teresa Community Centre at Prague. Full text of the news in Czech: HERE.
On Sunday 10 December, the rector of the Chaldean Catholic seminary, kidnapped last week, has been released. Another kidnapped Iraqi priest was released recently after being held for 9 days. Full text of the news in Czech: HERE.
In the Lateran Apostolic Palace on Thursday 7 December 2006, Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone inaugurated an exhibition "Habemus Papam. Pontifical elections from St Peter to Benedict XVI", which marks the 500th anniversary of St Peter's Basilica. Full text of the news in Czech: HERE.
Today (11 December) morning in the Holy See Press Office, a press conference was held to present recent archaeological excavations in the Roman basilica of St Paul's Outside-the-Walls that brought to light the sarcophagus of St Paul. Full text of the news in Czech: HERE.
Enclosed you will find a declaration "Common values – the living source of the European project" of the Member Bishops of the COMECE signed on 24 November 2006 and sent today (11 December) to the heads of Member States and to European Authorities. Full text of the news in Czech: HERE.
In a statement from 6 December, the Catholic bishops of Northern Ireland oppose British government proposals to close or merge more than a third of Northern Ireland schools. Full text of the news in Czech: HERE.
The Latin American bishops' council has helped form 106 new youthful missionaries of "lectio divina" – sacred reading of Scripture – for Mexico and Central America. CELAM's Pastoral Biblical Center for Latin America joined with the United Bible Societies in the project, which aims to form 10,000 such missionaries. Full text of the news in Czech: HERE.