Vatican Media Watch
Keeping an eye on the news from the Vatican.
BY John Lilly
November 12-18, 2006 Issue | Posted 11/8/06 at 10:00 AM
Pope Will Not Meet With Turkish Prime Minister
AKI, Nov. 1 — There will be no official meeting between Pope Benedict and
the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip
Erdogan when the Holy Father visits
Erdogan will be attending
a NATO summit in
Pope Benedict will, however, meet President Necdet Sezer, and the head of the religious affairs directorate, Ali’ Bardakoglu, the grand mufti of
The details of the
program are still being finalized, especially regarding possible meetings with
civil and political authorities in
Member of Royal Family to Marry
INDEPENDENT CATHOLIC NEWS, Oct. 31 — Lord Nicholas Windsor was to become the first member of the British royal family to marry in the Catholic faith since the Reformation, the international news service reported.
The son of the Duke
and Duchess of
converted to Catholicism in 2001 and by doing so automatically lost his rights
of succession to the throne because of the notorious 1701 Act of Settlement
that bars Catholics from becoming monarch of
Pope Benedict’s Audiences as Popular as Ever
ASIANEWS, Nov. 1 — More
than 2½ million people have met Benedict XVI in
statistics of the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household, which organizes the
audiences, the number of faithful who have met the Holy Father in the first 10
months of the year was exactly 2,674,820. The figure therefore does not take
into account those people who participated in ceremonies and meetings that took
place in his trips in
938,500 took part in the Wednesday general audiences; 349,120 took part in
particular audiences; 502,200 were present at liturgical celebrations that took
Some other statistics: The general audiences that drew the largest crowds were those held in May, with 207,000 participants, followed by March (126,000) and June (125,000).
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