The Holy Father recently received the bishops of the Chinese dioceses of Hong Kong and Macao.
These two particular Churches, said the Holy Father, are "called to be
witnesses to Christ, to look forward in hope and to announce the Gospel facing up to the new challenges that the people of Hong Kong and Macao must embrace".
Benedict XVI again expressed his closeness to the stricken people of
Myanmar, as some 200,000 are feared dead after cyclone.
Cyclone Nargis devastated the Southeast Asian nation, more than 23,000 people are confirmed dead and 42,000 missing, and many expect the
death toll could reach 200,000.
The Pope affirmed that this
concert “puts us in touch, as it
were, with the living reality of
the world of China,” recognizing
that “in a group of such
accomplished artists, we see
represented the great cultural
and musical tradition of China, and this performance helps us to
understand better the history of the Chinese people, their values, and
their noble aspiration.”
The Vatican Publishing House has recently released a new edition of the statistical yearbook of the Church, comprising nformation on the main
aspects of Catholic Church activity in various countries for the period of
2000-2006.Over these seven years, the Catholic presence in the world
has remained stable at around 17.3 percent of the total population.
The oldest bishop in the world, Bishop Antonio Mennonna, has celebrated his 102nd birthday with a special Mass in his native Italian city of Muro
Lucano, together with fellow priests, parishioners and family members.
She told the media that she never regretted her pregnancy.
The bishop presided at the Mass and said Agata gave Poland a witness
of “love, motherhood, the desire to give life and the heroic love for an