Jun 8, 2007 - 11:47 am .- Members of Caritas International have chosen a new Secretary General and made history in the process. The new Secretary General is Lesley-Anne Knight, who by the accepting the position, becomes the first woman to ever hold the position.
Jun 8, 2007 - 11:30 am .- The Catholic Anti-Defamation League of Italy published a strong criticism of the comments by the former president of the Italian Hebraic Communities, Amos Luzzatto, who ridiculed Pius XII in an interview with “Corriere della Sera.”
Jun 8, 2007 - 11:11 am .- The president of the International Federation of Associations of Catholic Doctors, Jose Maria Simon, accused the NGO Doctors Without Borders of promoting “illegal abortions in countries where the practice is prohibited,” even providing information on how to “escape justice.” Simon referenced an internal protocol of the organization that authorizes doctors to carry out abortions in countries where the practice is outlawed or not socially acceptable.
Jun 8, 2007 - 11:09 am .- The Archdiocese of Jalapa has been given the Episcopal ring of St. Rafael Guizar y Valencia, which the saint had sold to help the poor. For years the whereabouts of the ring was unknown.
Jun 8, 2007 - 11:05 am .- The Brazilian soccer superstar known as Kaka has said that both he and his wife, Caroline, were virgins when they married. Kaka has long been known for both his outspoken Christian faith and his remarkably good looks.
Jun 8, 2007 - 10:59 am .- Spokesmen for radical homosexual organizations said this week top officials at the Organization of American States (OAS) have expressed their commitment to promoting the homosexual agenda throughout the region. According to the newspaper “La Prensa,” “for the first time, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transvestite, transgender and inter-sexual organizations had a voice in meetings taking place parallel with the General Assembly of the Organization of American States, which took place in Panama.”
Jun 8, 2007 - 10:51 am .- The U.S. Catholic bishops and Catholic Relief Services are calling on all members of Congress to reinstate funding for the “ABC” model of AIDS prevention, which promotes abstinence and fidelity.
Jun 8, 2007 - 10:33 am .- Pro-life and church groups are optimistic about a new scientific breakthrough that provides yet another ethical alternative to embryonic stem cell research, reports Time Magazine. According to the scientific journals Nature and Cell Stem Cell, researchers have succeeded in reprogramming ordinary cells from the tips of mouse tails so they are virtually indistinguishable from embryonic stem cells.
Jun 8, 2007 - 10:31 am .- President George W. Bush vowed to veto the bill passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on June 7, which would allow federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. With the vote, lawmakers “chose to discard existing protections on human life,” he said in a statement from Germany, where he is participating in the G8 conference.
Jun 8, 2007 - 10:11 am .- At noon today the Pope spoke to Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of more than 150 aid organizations, about the Christian way to be charitable. Benedict told those gathered that, “every act of charity should be inspired by a personal experience of faith” that leads those who receive it to experience the “self-giving” love of Jesus Christ.Speaking in English, the Pope recalled that Caritas Internationalis today numbers more than 150 national organizations and that Servant of God John Paul II conferred public and canonical legal personality upon the confederation.
Jun 8, 2007 - 09:03 am .- Christ’s incarnation and presence in the Eucharist “puts into crisis the wisdom of men”. So the Pope spoke this past Thursday, at 7 p.m., on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). To mark the feast, Benedict XVI celebrated Mass in the Basilica of St. John Lateran, and afterwards presided over a Eucharistic Procession from St. John’s Basilica until the Basilica of Saint Mary Major. The Pope greeted the Romans gathered there, together with the Cardinal Vicar of Rome, Mons. Camillo Ruini, and other cardinals and bishops present at the celebration.