VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican's top spokesman appealed to victims
of pedophile priests who demonstrated near the Vatican on Sunday (Oct.
31) to regard the Catholic Church as an "ally" in the struggle against
the sexual abuse of children.
Following a private meeting with the spokesman, however, protest
leaders expressed only frustration and disappointment.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (ABP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention's top
spokesman for moral concerns added his voice to a chorus of conservative
bloggers and commentators criticizing President Obama for telling
Hispanic voters to "punish your enemies" by getting out to vote.
Geneva, November 1 (ENI)--The World Council of Churches general secretary, the Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, has joined Pope Benedict XVI and other religious leaders in condemning the "criminal act of terror" in Baghdad when gunmen took hostages in a city church, resulting in the deaths of nearly 60 people.
Bishops from the Middle East, summoned by the pope to the Vatican, ended their two-week meeting with a statement that called on Israel to end its "occupation" of Arab lands and to stop using the Bible to defend injustices.