Archive of July 19, 2007

Huge candle to remain lit in Cali until FARC hands over remains of slain government officials

Jul 19, 2007 - 11:12 am .- Thousands of Colombians took to the streets of Cali to demand the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC) release the bodies of the eleven government officials who were killed by the rebel group on June 18.  In a symbolic act, a huge candle was lit in the Plaza of San Francisco, where it will remain until the remains are returned.

Miracle needed for canonization of Argentinean blessed comes quickly

Jul 19, 2007 - 11:05 am .- Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata has formally closed the diocesan inquiry into a possible miracle attributed to the Blessed Maria Ludovica de Angelis that could lead to her canonization.

Catholic university creates “Benedict XVI Institute" to promote defense of human rights

Jul 19, 2007 - 11:03 am .- The San Vicente Catholic University of Valencia has created the Benedict XVI University Institute for Human Rights Research, oriented towards promoting “research projects, orientation, as well as degrees and formation courses in the area of the defense of human dignity.”

Spanish martyrs killed for faith, not politics, says expert

Jul 19, 2007 - 11:01 am .- Father Vicente Carcel Orti, an expert in the history of the religious persecution during the Spanish Civil War, said this week the 498 martyrs who will be beatified on October 28 died for their faith.  “They were simply killed as a symbolic act, because they represented the Church.  Moreover, if any one of them had been involved in politics, the Church would never have proclaimed them martyrs,” he said.

'Underground' bishop urges faithful to implement Pope's letter

Jul 19, 2007 - 10:53 am .- An "underground" bishop in northeastern China issued a two-page pastoral letter July 12, asking his flock to study and act on the letter Pope Benedict XVI recently wrote for Catholics in Mainland China.

Irish bishops move St. Patrick's Day 2008 over conflict with Holy Week

Jul 19, 2007 - 10:42 am .- Religions celebrations for St. Patrick's Day will come two days early in Ireland next year to avoid a conflict with Holy Week.

Most Americans favor no insurance coverage for birth-control, support right of conscience

Jul 19, 2007 - 10:24 am .- A new survey conducted by Baraga Interactive has found that a large percentage of U.S. adults favor optional coverage for birth control and support pharmacists in their right to exercise their conscience when asked to fill a prescription or give counseling about drugs.

Nuncio in Spain says Catholic Church’s cases of clerical sexual abuse rank among the lowest

Jul 19, 2007 - 10:10 am .- The Apostolic Nuncio in Spain, Archbishop Manuel Monteiro, said this week data from international organizations shows that priests are responsible for the smallest percentage of sexual abuse. 

US Bishops accept invitation to meet with Members of Congress on Iraq War

Jul 19, 2007 - 10:08 am .- The U.S. bishops have agreed to meet with a group of Catholic House Democrats to discuss a “responsible transition” to end the war in Iraq.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone celebrates first anniversary as Secretary of State, says Pope Benedict is “a volcano of creativity”

Jul 19, 2007 - 09:33 am .- On the first anniversary of his appointment as the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone held a question and answer session with the press in Lorenzago di Cadore, where the Pope is vacationing. Reflecting on his first year in office, he said that Benedict XVI is, “a volcano of creativity.” The Cardinal also noted that the Holy Father is particularly engaged in the world’s difficulties. “He carries the weight of the world’s problems on his shoulders.  

Vatican City State enters the digital world

Jul 19, 2007 - 09:00 am .- The Vatican City State has ventured forth into the digital world today by launching a sharply designed Internet portal. The new site ( comes as a response to the ever increasing number of requests by pilgrims and tourists for information about the world’s smallest city state.The new website, will run alongside the official Holy See website (, and has been implemented in five languages (Italian, English, French, Spanish and German) with Portuguese soon to be added.

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