Jul 2, 2007 - 09:47 am .- The international association of the faithful, the Franciscans of Mary, has recently been granted pontifical approval for the fruits “it has produced in the lives of numerous Christian faithful, thus becoming an authentic path in the school of sanctity and apostolate.”
Jul 2, 2007 - 09:41 am .- Msgr. Enrique Glennie, pastoral vicar general of the Archdiocese of Mexico City, announced the archdiocese would bolster its family ministry in order to make Christians more aware of the importance of the family and of human life.
Jul 2, 2007 - 09:32 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Colombia will reflect on the consecrated life as “a gift from God” during their upcoming 83rd Assembly, in order to encourage consecrated persons to assume their vocations “as disciples and missionaries of the Lord in each of the particular Churches.”
Jul 2, 2007 - 09:31 am .- A well-known abortionist was charged Thursday with violating Kansas law on late-term abortion procedures. Attorney General Paul Morrison filed 19 misdemeanor counts, alleging that Dr. George Tiller got second opinions from a doctor who was not financially and legally independent from him, as the law requires.
Jul 2, 2007 - 09:26 am .- New Hampshire became the first U.S. state to repeal a law requiring parental notification for teenage girls to get abortions.
Jul 2, 2007 - 09:20 am .- Auxiliary Bishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney called the arrival on July 1 of the World Youth Day Cross and the icon of the Virgin Mary to the Australian capital a “historic milestone” and said “young people from all over the country are preparing for the arrival and pilgrimage that will follow.”
Jul 2, 2007 - 09:09 am .- More than 20,000 people marched recently through the streets of the Bolivian city of Sucre demanding that the Constitutional Assembly, which is meeting in that city, includes protection for the unborn in the new constitution it is charged with drafting.
Jul 2, 2007 - 09:00 am .- Polish-born Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica, who emerged unhurt from a spectacular crash, may be called by the Vatican to testify to an alleged miracle performed by the late Pope John Paul II, reported the PAP news agency.
Jul 2, 2007 - 08:52 am .- Britain would be justified to invade Zimbabwe to remove President Robert Mugabe, said Archbishop Pius Ncube, a leading Zimbabwean cleric. Archbishop Ncube stated that the deepening destitution in the former British colony, including millions going hungry and the world's highest inflation rate, meant Britain would be right to act.
Jul 2, 2007 - 08:35 am .- Several Catholic websites that are housed in mainland China were forced by the government to remove the Pope’s letter to the Catholics in China from their website, reports UCA News. As of today, some sites still have the full 19,763 Chinese character text, but these are mostly all run by Catholics that are “underground.”
Jul 2, 2007 - 08:09 am .- While preparing for the celebration of Sts. Peter and Paul in Rome on Friday, Pope Benedict XVI spoke of the importance of the Apostle Paul for Christians today and announced that the year dedicated to him will focus on ecumenism. The Holy Father was at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls to begin the solemnity honoring the two saints who helped found the Church. Speaking about St. Paul, the Pope said that he, "was 'set apart for the Gospel of God,' to spread the announcement of divine grace that, in Christ, reconciles man with God, with himself and with others."