Jun 29, 2007 - 11:50 am .- First Lady Laura Bush promoted the role of faith-based organizations in combating disease in Africa as she launched an anti-malaria campaign in Zambia on Thursday.
Jun 29, 2007 - 11:13 am .- On October 28 Pope Benedict XVI will raise 498 martyrs of the Spanish Civil War to the altars—perhaps the largest number of martyrs beatified in one ceremony in the history of the Church. Among the five that are not of Spanish origin will be Brother Jose Lopez Piteira, an Augustinian deacon born in Cuba.
EU and UN continue to threaten Nicaragua with loss of funds if abortion it does not legalize abortionJun 29, 2007 - 11:10 am .- The European Union and the United Nations have kept up pressure on Nicaragua to reverse the law passed last October 26 outlawing therapeutic abortion in the country, saying economic aid could be lost if the law is not changed.
Jun 29, 2007 - 10:32 am .- The Vatican has announced that Benedict XVI’s long awaited letter to Catholics in China will be released on Saturday at noon. The letter is part of the Holy Father’s plan to address the situation of Catholics who have been divided by the government’s attempts to control the Church there. The current situation of division began in 1951 when the officially atheist Communist Party took power and forced Catholics to cut ties with the Vatican. Presently, worship is allowed only in the government-controlled churches which are not allowed to acknowledge the leadership of the Pope.
Jun 29, 2007 - 10:27 am .- A special Church commission disclosed on Wednesday that about a dozen bishops, who are still living, had ties to Poland’s communist-era secret police.
Jun 29, 2007 - 10:24 am .- The Archdiocese of Omaha has severed ties with Creighton University's Center for Marriage and Family after two university researchers said the Catholic Church should allow engaged couples to live together and have sex before marriage.
Jun 29, 2007 - 10:00 am .- The U.S. bishops launched a national media campaign to promote healthy marriages and to convey the meaning and value of married life for the Church and society. The campaign, directed at all couples, not just Catholics, was launched Wednesday in Denver, reported the Rocky Mountain News.
Jun 29, 2007 - 09:36 am .- In a case reminiscent of Terri Schiavo’s, a 36-year-old man who suffered serious brain injuries in a car accident emerged from his comatose state and is rehabilitating despite doctors’ initial prognosis that the injuries could have left him blind or in a permanent vegetative state.
Jun 29, 2007 - 07:29 am .- The Knights of Columbus has announced that the Secretary of State for the Vatican, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, will be attending the Order’s 125th annual convention this August. While this will be the 125th convention for the Knights, it also will contain a number of first-time events. For Cardinal Bertone, it will be the first time as Secretary of State that he will visit the U.S. and for the Knights,it will be the first time since 1982 that they have hosted the secretary of state. The cardinal will be attending the convention to receive the Gaudium et Spes (Joy and Hope) award and address the men gathered for the conference.