Aug 24, 2007 - 11:15 am .- Yesterday, Texas executed its 400th person since the Supreme Court lifted the ban of the death penalty in 1982. However, according to Mario Marazziti, the spokesman for the Sant’Egidio Movement, the tide seems to be turning.
Aug 24, 2007 - 10:25 am .- Pope Benedict XVI expressed his condolences this week to the Orthodox Church of Romania and to the Gypsy community of Romania for the deaths of four Gypsy children who died in a fire that broke out under a bridge in Livorno, Italy.
Aug 24, 2007 - 10:21 am .- The Christian Life Movement, an international Catholic association of the faithful that belongs to the Sodalite Family, will finish delivering 600 tons of aid this weekend to those affected by the August 15 earthquake in southern Peru, with the support of 500 new volunteers who will distribute the goods and offer spiritual support to those in need.
Italians choose to spend vacations in monasteries and convents far from noise and routine of daily lifeAug 24, 2007 - 10:18 am .- More and more Italians, tired from the routine and noise of the city, are opting to spend their vacations in monasteries and convents that offer them a time of reflection and contact with nature.
Aug 24, 2007 - 10:15 am .- The Institute for Family Policy in Spain reported this week that currently one in five homes in the country are single-parent homes and that if the trend continues, by 2011, one in four homes will no longer have a solid family structure.
Aug 24, 2007 - 10:08 am .- The Archbishop Emeritus of Managua, Cardinal Miguel Obando y Bravo, said this week peace is something that can only be achieved with a new order “that entails more perfect justice between men,” because peace cannot be built upon the frustration of millions of people who cannot obtain “a standard of living that is compatible with human dignity.” The cardinal made his comments during a forum commemorating the 20th anniversary of the signing of the peace accords that put an end to Central America’s civil strife during the 1980s.
Aug 24, 2007 - 09:20 am .- Pro-Life Wisconsin is asking NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin to retract and correct false and defamatory statements published and aired about the organization and its executive director, Peggy Hamill.
Aug 24, 2007 - 09:10 am .- The Malaysian newspaper Makkal Osai is facing calls to shut down after it published an image of Jesus holding a cigarette and what appears to be a can of beer on its front page.
Aug 24, 2007 - 09:04 am .- The Chinese Public Security and Religious Bureau arrested Bishop Jia Zhiguo, the underground bishop of the Diocese of Zheng Ding in Hebei Province, again. At press time, the reason for his arrest yesterday and his current whereabouts were not known. In the five days before his arrest, there was a marked increase in the number of security police that had Bishop Jia under strict 24-hour surveillance as well as police vehicles parking outside of the bishop's residence, reports the Cardinal Kung Foundation.
Aug 24, 2007 - 08:51 am .- Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin focused on the success of the peace process in Northern Ireland and looked to the future of the Church and its role in peacekeeping in his roundtable discussion yesterday at the 2007 Rimini meeting.