Jun 19, 2007 - 05:04 pm .- Abortion may eliminate "unwanted" children, but it increases out-of-wedlock births and single parenthood, says John Lott Jr. in today’s Wall Street Journal. Mr. Lott provided some astonishing numbers to back up his claims. “In the United States from the early 1970s, when abortion was liberalized, through the late 1980s, there was a tremendous increase in the rate of out-of-wedlock births, rising from an average of 5% of all births in 1965-69 to more than 16% two decades later (1985-1989). For blacks, the numbers soared from 35% to 62%.
Jun 19, 2007 - 03:10 pm .- The selection of a new director of the Institute for the Works of Religion (I.O.R.) was made public today by the Press Office of the Holy See. The new director general will be Mr. Paolo Cipriani who is replacing Mr. Lelio Scaletti.
Jun 19, 2007 - 01:47 pm .- Marta Beatriz Roque, the Cuban economist who has become one of the most prominent dissidents in that country, led a peaceful march this past weekend to demand the release of Jose Antonio Mola Porro, a political prisoner sentenced to two years in jail.
Jun 19, 2007 - 11:55 am .- Archbishop Fernando Saenz Lacalle of San Salvador called for just immigration reform in the US this week and said US senators should not forget that they are part of “a country of immigrants and they should be mindful of the immigrants of today.”
Jun 19, 2007 - 11:49 am .- The British Secret Service, MI6, has published an alarming report in the magazine Sunday Express revealing that some 200 million Christians in 60 countries around the world are at risk of suffering persecution.
Jun 19, 2007 - 11:43 am .- Kenya’s first-ever national Catholic conference on HIV/AIDS is scheduled for June 24-28 in Nairobi. Archbishop John Njue, chairman of the Kenya Episcopal Conference, told journalists the five-day conference would gather all of Kenya's Catholic health practitioners and stakeholders in the AIDS fight to share ideas, reported the Catholic Information Service for Africa.
Jun 19, 2007 - 11:43 am .- Colombia’s Congress took another step this week towards making homosexual unions equivalent to marriage by approving a law that grants special rights to same-sex couples.
Jun 19, 2007 - 11:41 am .- People living in the world's conflict areas, particularly in the Middle East, should draw inspiration from Northern Ireland's ability to compromise after nearly four decades of bloodshed, said the president of the Republic of Ireland, Mary McAleese.
Jun 19, 2007 - 11:32 am .- A top official of the Filipino military, Marine General Mohammad Ben Dolorfino, announced this week that military officials have been in contact with the kidnappers of Italian priest Father Giancarlo Bossi in an attempt to secure his release.
Jun 19, 2007 - 11:16 am .- A leading abortion activist has filed a complaint with the IRS in an attempt to silence Bishop Thomas Tobin, who said he could never support Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, who believes abortion should be legal.
Jun 19, 2007 - 11:07 am .- A Chaldean priest, abducted by unknown gunmen in Baghdad, was freed this past Sunday according to the Missionary News Service Agency (MISNA). Fr. Hani Abdul Ahad was abducted in the Iraqi capital on June 6 along with four young people.
Vatican Press Office announces: Re-opening of a cathedral, conference for university professors, and the Holy Father's theme for World Day of PeaceJun 19, 2007 - 11:07 am .- The Press Office of the Vatican made three announcements today: THE REOPENING OF THE CATHEDRAL of Noto, a conference for European university professors has chosen the theme "NEW HUMANISM FOR EUROPE," and that the theme the Holy Father has chosen for the World Day of Peace is, "THE HUMAN FAMILY, COMMUNITY OF PEACE."
Jun 19, 2007 - 10:30 am .- A rather interesting document was issued today on the pastoral care of the road. The guidelines were created for the purpose of bringing care for the human person even to the roadways, since the Gospel should be preached everywhere. The instructions were issued by a department of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People under the leadership of Cardinal Renato Martino.
Jun 19, 2007 - 10:24 am .- Cardinal William Keeler of Baltimore underwent brain surgery yesterday to drain excess fluid from his brain, the Baltimore Sun reported. He is said to be in good condition following the 90 minute surgery that occurred without complications. "The cardinal is awake, a little groggy but in good form," said Bishop W. Francis Malooly at a news conference on Monday.Keeler needed the surgery, the bishop said, because of an abnormal build up of cerebrospinal fluid on his brain.