Jul 31, 2007 - 01:35 pm .- The Archbishop of Madrid, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela said this week he was surprised at the thousands of young people who have taken to the streets “to proclaim Jesus Christ as the Savior of mankind and of young people” in the Mission Youth event in Madrid.
Jul 31, 2007 - 11:38 am .- Archbishop Fernando Saenz Lacalle of San Salvador said this week people are “bored stiff” with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s insults against the Church and that they should not be given “much importance.”
Jul 31, 2007 - 11:34 am .- Archbishop Fernando Saenz Lacalle of San Salvador has denounced the stealing of religious artwork from several churches in the country, calling it a “sad disgrace, first of all because it is a sacrilege, and second because of the historical and artistic worth that these works have as a national patrimony and because of the material value they have.”
Jul 31, 2007 - 11:19 am .- The U.S. Catholic bishops are calling on the Bush administration to work more urgently toward the responsible transition to end the war in Iraq and to increase aid for Iraqi refugees.
Jul 31, 2007 - 11:15 am .- Doctors and patients, who have participated in medical treatments derived from adult stem cells, have expressed support for the Patients First Act of 2007 — new federal legislation that will promote such research, reported Cybercast News Service.
Jul 31, 2007 - 11:12 am .- A researcher is forecasting that, by 2025, the “market share” of conventional churches will be cut in half. George Barna, founding director of the Barna Group, a Ventura-based firm that researches religious trends, says people are creating a new form of church that favors small-group sharing and leaves large structured churches and their rituals behind.
Jul 31, 2007 - 11:11 am .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela, Archbishop Ubaldo Santana of Maracaibo, said this week the bishops have already asked for a meeting with President Hugo Chavez but are still awaiting a positive response.
Jul 31, 2007 - 11:02 am .- Catholic Church officials said they will not cooperate with a safe-sex campaign directed at the 500,000 pilgrims expected to attend World Youth Day in Sydney next year, reported The Sydney Morning Herald.
Jul 31, 2007 - 09:49 am .- Over a week ago, Bishop Donald Pelotte of the Diocese of Gallup was taken to the hospital after sustaining severe head injuries in a fall. However, when he arrived at the emergency room, the doctor on call noted that his injuries were not consistent with a fall and called the police. According to Deacon Timoteo Lujan, Pelotte's assistant and the chancellor of the diocese, the severity of Pelotte's injuries caused the emergency room physician to wonder if the 62-year-old bishop had possibly been a victim of a violent assault.
Jul 31, 2007 - 10:18 am .- Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne has given an undisclosed amount of leave to Reverend Monsignor Geoff Baron for swearing, making sexual remarks, and racially offensive comments directed towards teenage skateboarders.
Jul 31, 2007 - 09:52 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has called for prayers that the Church “may bear witness to ever greater inner cohesion.” That the Church in China may bear witness to ever greater inner cohesion...