Aug 13, 2007 - 02:38 pm .- Australian Prime Minister John Howard announced an additional $15-million government contribution to support the international World Youth Day gathering next year, reported The Age.
Aug 13, 2007 - 02:31 pm .- As Amnesty International convened a high-level meeting in Mexico City this past Saturday, its new policy on abortion has taken center stage again.
Aug 13, 2007 - 01:40 pm .- Fr. Giancarlo Bossi, the Italian priest held captive by the extremist Abu Sayyaf group for 39 days, was sent to Rome by his superiors on Saturday because of increased violence in the region he was assigned to.
Aug 13, 2007 - 01:32 pm .- A prominent leftist congresswoman has asked the Spanish government to “normalize abortion as a public health benefit.”
Aug 13, 2007 - 11:01 am .- Abortion providers in Massachusetts are making doubly sure that they don’t let unborn children accidentally live if they botch an abortion.
Islamic extremists kill Pakistani Christian and issue death threats against anyone involved in his funeralAug 13, 2007 - 10:30 am .- On July 30 Islamic extremists killed Sadiq Masih, a Pakistani Christian who requested a leave of absence from his job because he was mistreated for his faith. After obtaining it, Masih’s Muslim boss and his relatives broke into Masih’s house and killed him, leaving one of his sons seriously wounded as well.
Aug 13, 2007 - 09:47 am .- City officials have promised to take down a giant condom ad, placed across the street from St. Kevin Catholic School in Dorchester, after the school administrators lodged complaints.
Bishops of Guatemala call for end to violence and for voting for candidates linked to drug traffickingAug 13, 2007 - 09:43 am .- In a new document on the upcoming general elections which will be held in September, the bishops of Guatemala have issued an urgent call to Guatemalans to overcome the temptation to avoid the pools and to refrain from voting for candidates linked to drug trafficking.
Aug 13, 2007 - 09:37 am .- The case of “inappropriate sexual conduct” against Father Pierino Gelmini in Italy entered a new stage as three new accusations of “inappropriate sexual conduct” against the 82 year-old priest were presented.
Aug 13, 2007 - 09:31 am .- The Thomas More Law Center has filed a federal lawsuit against Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm for discrimination against citizens who oppose embryonic stem-cell research. The law center is a national public interest law firm, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.The governor is allowing citizens to use her office’s website to submit a petition urging legislators to lift the state’s legal restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research.
Aug 13, 2007 - 09:18 am .- A Vatican analyst in Italy says the social encyclical that Pope Benedict XVI was working on during his vacation time in northern Italy this summer will address the challenge of the just development of nations in the context of globalization.Ignazio Ingrao, Vatican analyst for the magazine “Panorama,” quoted Vatican sources this week as saying the expected social encyclical by the Pope, the second of his pontificate, will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the historic encyclical by Pope Paul VI, “Populorum Progressio,” published on Easter Sunday, 1967.