Jul 16, 2007 - 11:43 am .- The bishops of the Spanish region of Catalonia, who gathered July 10-12, called on school officials to respect and enter into dialogue with “the just demands” of those who conscientiously object to the controversial Education for Citizenship class.
Jul 16, 2007 - 11:40 am .- The director of the Institute for Bioethics of the Catholic University of La Plata, Juan Carlos Caprile, said this week that respect for terminally ill patients demands they be cared for and not killed.
Freedom of worship, conscience and religion cannot be absent from Constitution, says Bolivian archbishopJul 16, 2007 - 11:30 am .- Archbishop Tito Solari of Cochabamba, Bolivia, said this week the country’s new Constitution being drafted by the Constitutional Assembly must guarantee freedom of consciences, religion and worship, which are now “recognized in the universal culture,” as well as the fundamental values of life, the family and education.
Jul 16, 2007 - 11:27 am .- Before reciting the Angelus on Sunday at Mirabello Castle, near the spot where he is vacationing in northern Italy, Pope Benedict XVI said vacations are not only a time for physical rest but also for spiritual enrichment through extended moments of prayer and meditation in order to grow in one’s personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Jul 16, 2007 - 11:15 am .- Bishop Emeritus Miguel Hesayne of Viedma (Argentina) said this week members of the Church cannot “abstain from their political commitment,” but he noted that just as the laity should not be “the long arm of the hierarchy,” neither should “the Church be locked in the sanctuary.”
Jul 16, 2007 - 11:10 am .- The town of Ave Maria, built around the Catholic Ave Maria University, welcomed its first residents in May, and more families are expected to move in throughout the summer and fall.
Jul 16, 2007 - 10:46 am .- The Latin Mass will be made available to those Vermont Catholics who seek it, Bishop Salvatore Matano announced in a July 6th letter to the faithful in his diocese.
Jul 16, 2007 - 10:46 am .- A law, legalizing abortion in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy, went into effect in Portugal on Sunday. Women who choose to abort their children will have to go through a compulsory medical appointment to be properly informed about the consequences of abortion, reported Reuters.
Jul 16, 2007 - 10:03 am .- Organizers of World Youth Day (WYD) 2008, to be held in Sydney, Australia, have launched a program called HomeStay to provide housing for the thousands of young people set to attend the event.
Jul 16, 2007 - 09:45 am .- Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles apologized Sunday to the hundreds of the plaintiffs involved in the recent settlement over allegations of sex abuse."There really is no way to go back and give them that innocence that was taken from them. The one thing I wish I could give the victims ... I cannot," he said.
Jul 16, 2007 - 09:42 am .- The spokesman for the Vatican, Fr. Fredrico Lombardi, announced yesterday that Pope Benedict XVI will make his first trip to the United States. Speaking on Italian state television, Fr. Lombardi said that the Pope plans to accept the invitation of UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to attend the General Assembly session in New York in September of 2008. Other upcoming papal trips were also announced by the Vatican’s spokesman....