Here's a cool display: "Who has controlled the Middle East over the course of history?" Pretty much everyone. Egyptians, Turks, Jews, Romans, Arabs, Greeks, Persians, Europeans..." I can't vouch for the boundaries they present. Never heard of the Sassanid Empire.
Cardinal Sean O'Malley has a blog! He recently visited the Vatican, and has some excellent entries and pics from that trip.
There are at least two ways to report on the findings of a recent Vatican advisory board about Limbo: the snickering Euro-skeptic ("Pope abolishes Limbo to convert Muslim babies") or the traditional Catholic reporting ("Vatican board finds that limbo is not Catholic doctrine, God is merciful to babies.")
The UK Times Online article speculates that the Pope is behind this statement about limbo in order to evangelize Afica and the Middle East. Sigh. Let's see, unfounded speculation about the Pope's motivations...spin it as Pope vs. Muslims....it's guaranteed to tick off Muslims.... I'd call that that unintelligent and irresponsible "journalism." It's not news.
P.S. Purgatory is Catholic doctrine (Sections 1030-1032 of the Catechism). I was taught that Limbo was for unbaptized babies, and Purgatory was for unbaptized adults.