Aug 30, 2007 - 11:12 am .- Roadside Attractions, an independent film distribution company, has purchased the rights to the movie, “Bella,” the recent winner of the People’s Choice Award at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
Aug 30, 2007 - 11:09 am .- The diocesan chancellor of the underground Catholic community in Wenzhou, eastern China, was released Aug. 24, after an 11-month detainment, reported UCA News.
Aug 30, 2007 - 11:06 am .- Auxiliary Bishop Antonio Marino of La Plata warned this week that the National University of La Plata is committing an immoral action by offering the morning-after pill free of charge to students, because it goes against “a principle that is non-negotiable, which is the respect for life.”
Aug 30, 2007 - 11:03 am .- In a strongly worded statement, the organization “Pro-Vida” [For-Life] in Argentina has criticized a decision by officials of the National University of La Plata to offer the “morning-after pill” free of charge to students.
Aug 30, 2007 - 11:00 am .- The National Association of Evangelical Ministers of Guatemala has taken the controversial step to politically back retired General Otto Perez Molina as the presidential candidate for the “Patriotic Party.”
Aug 30, 2007 - 11:00 am .- The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, will celebrate a special Mass in honor of St. Rose of Lima at the shrine dedicated to her in Lima on August 30. He will be joined by Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne of Lima and other bishops.
Aug 30, 2007 - 10:50 am .- A lesbian Episcopal priest has made the top-five list of bishop-candidates for the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. The list includes three women. No woman has ever been a finalist before.
Aug 30, 2007 - 10:45 am .- A teacher, who was fired from a Catholic school for using in vitro fertilization to get pregnant, has settled her lawsuit.
Aug 30, 2007 - 10:34 am .- Speaking on Vatican Radio from Chimbote, Peru, where he is participating in the 9th National Eucharistic Congress, Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, said Pope Benedict XVI has been invited to visit Peru.
Aug 30, 2007 - 10:34 am .- Creighton University has been in the news lately, but not because of a new research breakthrough or one of its athletic team’s good records. The Jesuit-run university is in the limelight because of what seems to be a pattern of disagreement with the Archdiocese of Omaha within which it is located. The most recent development in the relationship between the two Catholic institutions is the invitation, and then a last minute retraction by the university for the pro-assisted suicide speaker Anne Lamott to speak.
Aug 30, 2007 - 09:00 am .- Retired Bishop Anthony Pilla of Cleveland said he was shocked when evidence indicated that his former employees had stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars through what prosecutors call an elaborate kickback scheme, reported The Cleveland Plain Dealer.Bishop Pilla retired from his post last year but took the stand yesterday in the trial of Anton Zgoznik, who is accused of multiple counts of conspiracy, money laundering, mail fraud and obstruction of justice.Zgoznik's supervisor, Joseph Smith, will stand trial later. He faces the same charges.