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Missionary Backs China Olympics

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The director of the Vatican's missionary news agency, Fides, has supported China's successful bid to host the 2008 Olympic Games despite its poor human rights record, adding that the Sydney Olympics were awarded to a country guilty of marginalising millions of Aborigines...

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Milosevic Fears

OXFORD, England (CNS): Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic could be 'turned into a martyr' if tried for genocide by the UN war crimes tribunal, said the head of Serbia's Jesuit community...

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Praise From Pope

VATICAN CITY (Zenit): Pope John Paul II has sent a congratulatory letter to prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, praising him highly on the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood...

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Qualified Support for AIDS Charter

NEW YORK (CNS/Leader): Vatican has welcomed an international commitment to fight HIV/AIDS, adopted by consensus at a June 25-27 special session of the UN General Assembly, but has expressed some reservations and regrets in a "statement of interpretation"...

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Marian Apparition in Rwanda

VATICAN CITY (CNS): In a formal declaration, a Rwandan bishop said the Virgin Mary regularly appeared to three women in the southern town of Kibeho in the early 1980s...

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Environmental Obligations

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The United States and other industrialised nations have a right to criticise the Kyoto Protocol on global warming, but they also have an obligation to protect the environment, a Vatican official said...

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Tribute to Ukrainian People

POPE John Paul II underscored his historic visit to Ukraine last week by espousing respect for Ukraine's Orthodox majority and tributes to the nation's people who endured decades of war and repression...

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Tighter Rules on Clergy Exchange

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Concerned about the growing number of native clergy emigrating out of missionary dioceses, the Vatican has issued stricter rules to govern how long priests may be gone and to make sure they return home...

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