Jun 15, 2007 - 11:57 am .- The archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, presented his new book this week entitled, “The Tree of Life,” which offers a collection of his teachings on different issues of importance to Catholics.
Jun 15, 2007 - 11:52 am .- The Committee on Ecclesiastical Law of the Bishops’ Conference of Ecuador reiterated this week that the Church cannot allow Father Fernando Vega to participate in the upcoming elections for the Constitutional Assembly
Jun 15, 2007 - 11:49 am .- A woman devoted to San Antonio de Santa Ana Galvao, or Friar Galvao, as he is known in Brazil, said she was miraculously cured of a grave illness after praying the prayers she found on a website devoted the new Brazilian saint.
Jun 15, 2007 - 11:43 am .- Speaking to the Notimex news agency from Rome, Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iñiguez of Guadalajara (Mexico) said the Holy See continues to be interested in the investigations into the murder of Cardinal Juan Jesus Posadas Ocampo.
Jun 15, 2007 - 11:41 am .- The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) is calling for the public servants strike in the country to be carried out in lawful manner and for both parties to return to the negotiating table to find a speedy solution.
Jun 15, 2007 - 11:32 am .- Christians and concerned citizens gathered today to draw attention to the plight of persecuted Christians in Iraq. Bishop Sarhad Jammo of San Diego’s Chaldean/Assyrian Catholic Diocese of St. Peter the Apostle spoke at the rally, held in front of the Federal Building in downtown San Diego.
Jun 15, 2007 - 11:12 am .- Pope Benedict and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexy may hold a historic meeting within a year, Cardinal Walter Kasper, head of the Vatican's department for Christian Unity, was quoted as saying yesterday. It would be the first meeting between a Pope and Russian Orthodox patriarch. The Western and Eastern branches of Christianity have been split since the Great Schism of 1054.
Jun 15, 2007 - 11:04 am .- The Massachusetts Legislature yesterday voted against a measure that would have put a marriage amendment on the 2008 ballot. The vote has thus denied state citizens their right to vote on the future of marriage in the state. Proponents of the amendment sought to reverse the impact of the Supreme Judicial Court's Goodridge decision that legalized same-sex marriage in 2003.
Jun 15, 2007 - 11:02 am .- The secretary of the organization Pro-Life Youth of Valencia (Spain), Juan Rivera, denounced the State and society for their “de facto protection of abortion,” saying, “Its hypocrisy to speak about human rights and at the same time pay no attention to those who walk down the street with their hands stained with blood.”
Jun 15, 2007 - 10:51 am .- Today, Pope Benedict XVI addressed further secularization in Eastern Europe with bishops from the Slovak Episcopal conference. As an Eastern European country known for its rich history in Catholic tradition, Slovakia is moving toward "the dynamic typical of other European countries of ancient Christian tradition, strongly characterized in our time by a vast process of secularization.”
Jun 15, 2007 - 10:09 am .- The City Council reversed its previous declaration today by a vote of 13-4. The declaration passed last week stated the city’s support for "women's reproductive rights and freedom" and defended "the right to choose a legal and safe abortion as a final but critical option for women."The original resolution passed by a 9-8 vote, surprising sponsor Blondell Reynolds Brown who had not expected the declaration to be controversial. As previously reported by CNA, the resolution was swiftly condemned by Cardinal Justin Rigali.
Jun 15, 2007 - 09:43 am .- Recalling the founding of the Pontifical Council for Culture by the Servant of God John Paul II, the Pope received participants of the congress gathered to celebrate its 25th anniversary today. In his address to the congress, he stressed the importance of culture for helping man encounter the love of God in his life and the lives of those around him. The Holy Father recalled how Servant of God John Paul II created the council on May 20, 1982 with the aim "of giving renewed impulse to the Church's commitment to ensure the Gospel encounters the plurality of cultures in the various parts of the world."