Aug 31, 2007 - 03:42 pm .- Commenting on the upcoming visit to Austria by Pope Benedict XVI, the archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn said he expected to hear strong and forceful statements from the Pontiff about the reality of Europe and Austria’s responsibility in the region.
Aug 31, 2007 - 11:07 am .- Italian officials and politicians have accused “radical and Masonic” groups of being behind the threats by the European Commission to investigate supposed “fiscal advantages” of the Catholic Church in Italy.
Aug 31, 2007 - 11:06 am .- The Church in Mexico, together with various lawmakers, politicians, civil organizations and parents, has signed the Declaration of Human Rights of the Unborn, the result of the work of more than 100 specialists in law, bioethics, medicine and education, who gathered in June to focus on the right to life of the unborn from the moment of conception.
Aug 31, 2007 - 10:54 am .- Earlier this week, a simple question in a Spanish II class in Broomfield, Colorado triggered a heated discussion regarding immigration issues in the United States and resulted in a student declaring, “white power.”
Aug 31, 2007 - 10:39 am .- In addition to his upcoming visits to Loreto and Austria, Pope Benedict XVI will also visit the city of Naples in southern Italy in October.The archbishop of Naples, Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, announced the Pope would visit the city on October 21 on the occasion of the “Meeting of Religions.” The Pope will arrive by helicopter at 9:30am and will be driven to central Naples where he will celebrate a Mass with all of the bishops from the Italian region of Campania.
Aug 31, 2007 - 10:31 am .- The head of the provincial government of New South Wales, Premier Morris Iemma, has ruled out moving next year's World Youth Day rally from Randwick Racecourse, despite concerns about the impact on a racing industry already reeling from the equine influenza outbreak, reported The Age.
Aug 31, 2007 - 10:29 am .- Australians are in a stir over artwork depicting Osama bin Laden in a Christ-like pose and a statue of the Virgin Mary covered in a burqa. The two pieces were showcased in a prestigious religious art competition.
Aug 31, 2007 - 10:03 am .- The embattled Archbishop of Bulawayo, Pius Ncube, has received the backing of his fellow Zimbabwean bishops. The show of support came in the form of a full-page ad in the Herald Newspaper where they called the government’s alleged smear campaign “outrageous and utterly deplorable.”
Aug 31, 2007 - 09:55 am .- As of yesterday, the Episcopal Church had only one month left to respond to the requests of the Anglican primates, issued last February, to reverse the denomination's course regarding the blessing of same-sex unions and the ordination of openly gay bishops.
Aug 31, 2007 - 09:38 am .- Commemorating Pope John Paul II’s historic visit to the Alamo city, an exhibit to mark the 20th anniversary of the event was unveiled in the San Fernando Cathedral Museum on Aug. 23. It consists of a photo retrospective and a collection of artifacts, including rosaries given to the various committee chairpersons by the pontiff, special pins created by the Secret Service for event planners, and memorabilia that was sold to attendees, such as caps and cups. Among the most important items is a chalice that was used to distribute Communion hosts during the papal Mass.
Aug 31, 2007 - 09:35 am .- The president of Creighton University said the decision to cancel the speaking engagement of an assisted suicide advocate was not the result of pressure from outside pro-life groups but rather of prayerful reflection on the the speaker’s latest book and on the mission of a Catholic university.In a letter to colleagues, Fr. John P. Schlegel, SJ, explained that he made the final decision to cancel the talk Aug. 24, after reading Anne Lamott’s most recent publication and discussing the situation with the Jesuit university’s director of the Center for Health Policy and Ethics.