Jul 12, 2007 - 11:27 am .- The Archdiocese of Mexico City has rejected criticism that in calling for the country’s laws on religious worship to be changed it is undermining the secular State. Rather, what the Church is seeking is to have laws that reflect “the Constitution which guarantees freedom for all citizens without exception.”
Jul 12, 2007 - 11:25 am .- Catholics in Venezuela are rejoicing at the news of the upcoming beatification of Mother Candelaria de San Jose, especially the Carmelite religious communities who run a home founded by the future blessed, which relies on Divine providence for their resources.
Jul 12, 2007 - 11:17 am .- Archbishop Francisco Gil Hellin of Burgos said this week the group of martyrs of the Spanish Civil War that will soon be beatified “do not belong to any political group” and that viewing their deaths through a political spectrum not only amounts to “profound historical distortion but also serious intellectual error.”
Jul 12, 2007 - 11:15 am .- Police officials in Ecuador are investigating the theft of colonial works of art that were stolen from the Church of St. Mark in the historic central district of the capital.
Jul 12, 2007 - 11:11 am .- A 108-year-old sister is preparing to celebrate her 90th anniversary of religious life this month. Sr. Claude Feldner of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes will join 45 other sisters on July 15 as they celebrate their jubilee anniversaries at Holy Family Sacred Heart Church in Fond du Lac.
Jul 12, 2007 - 11:01 am .- The Chinese government is currently running its largest expulsion campaign of foreign missionaries since 1954, reports an organization that works with the persecuted Church in China.
Jul 12, 2007 - 10:58 am .- Homosexual groups have denounced the nomination of Dr. James Holsinger as U.S. Surgeon General because of his leadership in the United Methodist Church, which disapproves of homosexual practice.
Jul 12, 2007 - 10:43 am .- The day-laborer hiring center of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Fallbrook, California has been the target of a series of demonstrations, organized by the San Diego Minutemen. The demonstration on July 7 was the group’s third demonstration in front of the largely Hispanic church in less than a month.
Jul 12, 2007 - 10:30 am .- In an exclusive interview with the Spanish daily “La Razon,” the superior general of the Lefebvrites, Bishop Bernard Fellay, said Benedict XVI’s Motu Propio allowing universal use of the Missal of 1962 as an extraordinary form of celebrating the Mass “is not a step, it’s a leap” of historic proportions. The schismatic bishop spoke with journalist Vittorio Messori from the general house of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X, founded by the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. The movement boasts of 481 priests, 90 lay brothers, 206 nuns, 6 seminaries, 117 monasteries, 82 schools, 6 university institutes, 450 places of worship in 62 countries and at least half a million followers.
Jul 12, 2007 - 09:23 am .- This morning, the Vatican announced Pope Benedict XVI’s appointment ofArchbishop Edwin F. O’Brien as the Archbishop of Baltimore and theacceptance of Cardinal William Keeler’s resignation.Archbishop O’Brien was previously the head of the Archdiocese for theMilitary Services which has 1.5 million Catholics, two auxiliarybishops and 300 priests in uniform.At a press conference in Baltimore this morning, he was asked whathe saw as the reason for his selection as the new head of theArchdiocese. He responded, “I’ll give you the Pope’s number (laughter)…They talk about seminary experience? I don’t know.”