Jul 9, 2007 - 11:52 am .- The Provincial Catholic Federal Association of Parents of Students said this week it has received more than 3095 complaints against the Education for Citizenship course just in the Spanish province of Toledo.
Jul 9, 2007 - 11:37 am .- A group of young people broke into the offices of the Spanish Federation of Centers of Education this weekend and sprayed graffiti on the walls in support of “public and secular schools” and against private education.
Jul 9, 2007 - 11:37 am .- The Salesian provincial superior for the region of Northern Patagonia, Father Vicente Tirabasso, said this week the upcoming beatification of the Mapuche Indian Ceferino Namuncura would provide young people with an excellent role model of being faithful to the gospel.
Jul 9, 2007 - 11:37 am .- During the presentation of the second edition of the Master’s Program “Global Development and Social Justice” at the FAO headquarters in Rome, Msgr. Mauro Parmeggiani, general secretary of the Vicariate of Rome, said, “The seed of culture needs to grow in the developing countries.”
Jul 9, 2007 - 11:15 am .- Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, the Archbishop of Westminster has submitted his resignation to Pope Benedict on the occasion of his 75th birthday.
Jul 9, 2007 - 11:14 am .- Catholics in Portadown, Northern Ireland, are skeptical about the call for talks, issued by the major Protestant brotherhood, the Orange Order.The Orange Order called for negotiations with Catholics after police restricted one of the group's major public marches through Portadown for the 10th straight year.
Jul 9, 2007 - 11:06 am .- The Church of England's ruling body has given the green light for a covenant agreement, which would aim to commit the Anglican Communion's separate churches to specific procedures for solving disputes, reported the BBC.
Jul 9, 2007 - 10:58 am .- An Episcopal priest, who announced last month that she is also a practicing Muslim, has been suspended from the priesthood and other Episcopal leadership roles for a year.
Jul 9, 2007 - 10:50 am .- The Knights of Columbus was dissapointed to learn that 16 of its members, who hold political office in the Massachusetts Legislature, voted against the same-sex marriage amendment in June. The June 14 vote, which decided whether same-sex marriage would be put on the 2008 ballot, got only 45 votes — five votes shy of the 50-vote requirement. "It is certainly embarrassing to the order and to every Knight out there who is firm in his support of traditional marriage and the right to life...
Jul 9, 2007 - 10:40 am .- Just before departing for his own vacation in the Alps of northern Italy, Pope Benedict said that he hopes that everyone can have some vacation, to recharge their spiritual and physical energies and to come into a healthy contact with nature. At 10.30 a.m. today, the Holy Father departed from Rome's Ciampino airport on an hour-long flight to the airport of Treviso-Istrana. From there he traveled by helicopter to Lorenzago, the mountain getaway where he will devote himself to “more time for prayer and reflection.”
Jul 9, 2007 - 09:27 am .- This year the Hungarian church marks the 800th anniversary of the birth of St. Elizabeth of Hungary. In recognition of the celebration, Pope Benedict has sent a letter to the primate of Hungary, Cardinal Peter Erdo, saying that he hopes that St. Elizabeth will serve as a model for the rediscovery of the Christian roots of Europe.