Jul 24, 2007 - 02:06 pm .- The director of Fundacion Vida in Spain, Manuel Cruz, criticized the members of the Socialist Youth of Spain for promoting the legalization of euthanasia, saying the move is a sign of “the level of corruption in this political organization and a terrible symptom of the state of society, especially if this proposal is accepted without any kind of debate or discussion or alternatives.”
Jul 24, 2007 - 12:46 pm .- The secretary general of the Bishops’ Conference of Italy, Bishop Giuseppe Betori, said Father Giancarlo Bossi, who was kidnapped last June 10 by Muslims in the Philippines and freed on July 20, will attend a meeting that Pope Benedict XVI will have with young people in Loreto in September in order to share his testimony.
Jul 24, 2007 - 10:58 am .- On August 1st thousands of Catholic scouts and guides from all over Europe will mark the 100th anniversary of the opening of the first scout camp by meeting with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican.
Jul 24, 2007 - 10:49 am .- A lawmaker in the Argentinean congress has proposed renaming the country’s Route 22 in honor of Cerefino Namuncura, a native Argentinean who will soon be beatified.
Jul 24, 2007 - 10:36 am .- The monks of St. Ottilia, who double as voluntary firemen, recently marked the 100th anniversary of their monastery’s foundation with a mass, celebrated by the abbot, Fr. Jeremias Schröder.
Jul 24, 2007 - 10:30 am .- A public school district has given written assurance that a third-grade student is permitted to read his Bible in his classroom. Elementary School District 159, located outside of Chicago, sent the written assurance after receiving a letter from the Thomas More Law Center. School officials had previously denied the third-grade student, Rhajheem Haymon, this right.
Jul 24, 2007 - 10:22 am .- The Diocese of Charleston will have six new priests as of Friday, when Bishop Robert Baker will preside at the ordination Mass at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, South Carolina. This is the largest class of ordinands for the diocese since 1956.
Jul 24, 2007 - 10:19 am .- The coordinator of exorcists of the Archdiocese of Mexico City, Father Pedro Mendoza, criticized the skepticism of some priests about the existence of the Devil and said that although there are not many cases of possession, there are many who suffer from demonic attraction, which is the result of man’s estrangement from God.
Jul 24, 2007 - 10:17 am .- The Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga, criticized President Hugo Chavez this week and said the Venezuelan leader “thinks he is a god and has the right to step on everyone else.” He called on Chavez to be more open to dialogue and honest criticism saying, “We all need fraternal correction.”
Jul 24, 2007 - 10:08 am .- As Catholic families continue to move in, the founder and developers of Ave Maria, Florida, struggle to change the popular perception that the new town, built around Ave Maria University, is solely for Roman Catholics or controlled by Domino’s Pizza founder Thomas Monaghan.Blake Gable, project manager for Barron Collier Cos., which is building the new town in partnership with Monaghan, told The Associated Press that the town is open to everyone.
Jul 24, 2007 - 09:52 am .- The vice-chairman of the Chinese state-approved Catholic Association has said that in light of Pope Benedict XVI’s recent letter to Catholics in China, he would like him to visit and celebrate Mass. For the time being, the Holy Father has chosen not to comment because of the complexity of the issue. Vice chairman Liu Bainian’s comments came in an interview with the Italian daily La Repubblica about the Pope’s recent letter to the Church in China. He said that he wanted to use the interview as an opportunity to send the Pope his organization’s prayers and an invitation to visit.