10 — New Cardinal Joseph Zen of Hong Kong said the
Interviewed on the television show “Newsline,” Cardinal Zen said the talks were substantial.
“My impression is that they’ve entered into real talks.” He added that one
sticking point has been who would have the authority to appoint bishops. He
“The final word should not be exclusively on the side
of an atheist government,” said Cardinal Zen. Since
When asked whether the
Pope Benedict’s Visit to
BBC NEWS, April 8 — Pope Benedict XVI’s second foreign trip will take him to the land of his predecessor, BBC News reported.
The May 25-28 trip will have the Holy Father visiting
Wadowice, the birthplace of Karol Wojtyla,
and the city of
Pope Benedict will also visit
Papal nuncio Archbishop Jozef Kowalczyk said, “[He] wants to pay homage to his predecessor ... and honor the country, church, diocese, and hometown of John Paul II, which were so dear to him.”
Swiss Guards Retrace Predecessors’ Steps
UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL, April 7 — Seventy-five members of the Pontifical Swiss Guard are marching the same route to Rome their predecessors did in 1506 when answering a distress call by Pope Julius II, UPI reported.
The march is one in a continuing series of events
marking the 500th anniversary of the Swiss Guard. After crossing into
Other programs planned include a show in the Vatican spotlighting the noblest moment in their history — when 147 guards laid down their lives for Pope Clement VII against the army of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V during the Sack of Rome in 1527.
The heroic defense of St Peter’s, in which only 42 guards survived, ensured that Pope Clement VII eluded capture.