The leader of the Armenian Apostolic Church, visiting Pope Benedict XVI in Rome, has spoken of the "genocide" suffered by his compatriots in the Ottoman empire, and said that those with power should ensure that justice prevails.
In advance of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the US, three prominent gay Catholics have urged the pontiff to enter into a dialogue with lesbian and gay Catholics. They addressed the pontiff through open statements about their lives, loves, and hopes for the church at a press conference at the end of last week.
A small number of fficials from the Vatican and senior Muslims are holding a two-day meeting in Rome this week, with the intention of laying the foundations for a major global Catholic-Islamic exchange later in 2008.
The Vatican daily newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, seen as required reading for those wanting to know the standpoint of the Holy See, but also known for an austere black and white layout, is appearing in colour for the first time.
Christian activists will make symbolic acts of commitment at the Ministry of Defence in London and at other venues in Scotland and the north of England tomorrow, urging a shift from waging war to waging peace in a divided world.
For the first time, a general secretary of the World Council of Churches has taken part with a pope in a Rome service to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which ended last week, recalling the centenary of this initiative born in the United States in 1908.
Pope Benedict XVI has told a gathering of academics that science should serve rather than enslave humanity, warning that the reduction of human beings and nature to mere 'objects' is not good for the spirit of reasoned enquiry.
The rector of La Sapienza university says he will re-invite the Pope to speak there after the pontiff cancelled following student protests about a comment about Galileo quoting, but not approving he says, a philosopher's remark.
Pope Benedict says he shares "the concerns and hopes" of the people of the Arab world, noting how constant cycles of violence make coexistence difficult, and can give rise to fears for the survival of Christian communities there.