May 1, 2007 - 12:57 pm .- According to the BBC, Pope Benedict XVI has lent his support, by phone, to Italian Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco, who has received death threats in recent days over his public opposition to same-sex marriage. Over the weekend, the Archbishop received a live bullet in the mail along with a photo of himself with a swastika cut into the photo paper. This act however, was just the latest in a string of threats which began last month when the doors of his cathedral in Genoa were defaced with graffiti.
May 1, 2007 - 12:52 pm .- Evangelical Christians seem to be finding the value of confession. But they’re not lining up for the confessional or for a minister — they’ve headed online. Confession websites are not new — they’ve been around for at least a few years — but they continue to increase in number and popularity.
May 1, 2007 - 12:49 pm .- The prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, Cardinal Claudio Hummes, called on the faithful in Latin America to reach out to fallen away Catholics who have joined other Christian denominations.
May 1, 2007 - 12:45 pm .- The president of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco, has become the target of new death threats, prompting increased security measures from Italian police. Over the weekend, the archdiocese reported receiving an envelope containing a bullet and a photo of the archbishop.
May 1, 2007 - 12:44 pm .- The archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera, together with his auxiliary bishops, issued a statement on Sunday expressing their "strongest condemnation" of the "unjust" and "iniquitous" law on abortion approved last week by the Legislative Assembly of the Mexican capital.
May 1, 2007 - 12:42 pm .- The bishops of Uruguay said this week a proposed law on civil unions "merits serious reflection" and that making civil unions equal to marriage, including between same-sex couples, would be "unacceptable" and would "negatively affect marriage and the family.
May 1, 2007 - 12:40 pm .- The vice president of the Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Roberto Luckert, said last Friday that during an audience with Pope Benedict XVI and a group of Venezuelan bishops, the Pontiff said he was concerned about the abuse of power in that country.
May 1, 2007 - 12:37 pm .- The Vatican and the White House have announced that Pope Benedict XVI will hold his first meeting with U.S. President George Bush this June. The meeting is scheduled to take place just after the president attends the Group of Eight (G8) summit in Heiligendamm, Germany.
May 1, 2007 - 12:06 pm .- The California Catholic Conference has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a case now pending before the state Supreme Court. The justices will decide whether a physician has a constitutional right to refuse, on religious grounds, to perform a medical procedure for a patient because of the patient’s sexual orientation, reported The California Catholic. The case involves two Vista physicians, who were sued for discrimination after allegedly refusing to artificially inseminate a lesbian.
May 1, 2007 - 12:01 pm .- The Wisconsin Catholic Conference has decided not to oppose a bill that would require all hospitals, including Catholic health facilities, to distribute emergency contraceptives to female victims of rape.
May 1, 2007 - 11:56 am .- A top pro-life leader said a religious coalition’s support of partial birth abortion shows that the group is "confused, at best." Fr. Frank Pavone says the position taken by the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice has more to do with political dogma than religious belief.