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Pius XII beatification query

ROME (CNS): A top proponent of the beatification of Pope Pius XII said Pope Benedict XVI has not moved the cause forward because Jewish groups have warned it would permanently damage Catholic-Jewish relations.

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Pope reveals Paul’s tomb tests

Pope Benedict XVI, in closing the year of St Paul on June 28, by making an announcement about tests on human remains taken from the tomb thought to be that of the Apostle. Catholic News Service correspondent CINDY WOODEN reports from Rome.

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Jobs key to financial recovery

VATICAN CITY (CNS): More decent, productive employment and more credit for small and medium-sized businesses are the best strategies for recovering from the global economic crisis, the chief Vatican representative to United Nations agencies in Geneva said.

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Vatican must push Chinese religious freedom: Cardinal

ROME (CNS): Too much importance is being given to establishing diplomatic relations between the Vatican and China and not enough is being done to push for greater religious freedom on the mainland, retired Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun said.

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Pope proclaims Year for Priests

Pope Benedict XVI has declared the next 12 months to be the Year for Priests, and has written a letter to the world's priests to mark the start of the year. ZENIT reports.

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Vatican has science friends

VATICAN CITY (CNS): A recent visit by a Vatican delegation to CERN - one of the world's largest centres for scientific research - has opened up an important channel of communication between science and faith, the Vatican representative to United Nations agencies in Geneva said.

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Newspaper sides with US Bishops on Obama

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Vatican newspaper has again emphasised that when it comes to the President Barack Obama administration and pro-life issues, the Vatican and the United States bishops are in full agreement and that no compromise is possible on the right to life.

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Sri Lanka in crisis

SRI LANKA (ACN News): CATHOLIC charity Aid to the Church in Need is providing emergency aid to Sri Lanka after an urgent appeal for help from a bishop acting on behalf of people desperate for clean water, food and clothing.

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