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Synod puts hope in youth

VATICAN CITY (Zenit.org): The main treasure of Africa is its young people, but they need protection from those who would force them into lives as child soldiers or prostitutes, the bishops of that continent have said.

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Don’t exclude Church, Pope urges

VATICAN CITY (Zenit.org): Pope Benedict XVI is urging the European bishops to refrain from excluding the Church from social and cultural life, even while upholding its just distinction from the state.

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Nuclear-free zone urged

VATICAN CITY (CNS): A Vatican official called for the establishment of a "nuclear-free zone" in the Middle East and urged all countries to work toward the total elimination of their nuclear arsenals.

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Pope urges opposition to materialism

Bishops, priests and laity from each of the 53 African nations are among those attending a special Synod of Bishops for Africa. CINDY WOODEN, of Catholic News Service, reports from Rome on the opening of the syno

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Bishop downplays apparitions

MOSTAR, Bosnia-Herzegovina (CNS): Confirming young people from the parish in the Bosnian town of Medjugorje, Bishop Ratko Peric of Mostar-Duvno asked them not to behave as if the alleged Marian apparitions reported in the parish were real

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Biotechnology to help African farmers

ROME (CNS): African farmers should be able to use new biotechnology, including genetically modified organisms, to help lift their continent out of poverty, Vatican officials and agricultural experts said.

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Dublin prepares for Eucharistic Congress

VATICAN CITY (Zenit.org): Pope Benedict XVI has approved the date and theme for the next International Eucharistic Congress, to focus on the Eucharist as communion with Christ and with one another.

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Jesuit guest on Straddie

The Brisbane bayside parish of Cleveland, which takes in Stradbroke Island, hosted a sesquicentenary celebration on the island, at Paul of the Cross Church, Dunwich, recently. JESUIT FATHER FRANK BRENNAN preached this homily

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