Mar 14, 2008 - 11:08 pm .- The California state Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jack O’Connell, has insisted that parents still have the right to homeschool despite a recent court ruling claiming that parents had to be credentialed teachers to school their own children.
Mar 14, 2008 - 04:16 pm .- Organizers of World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney are expecting at least 125,000 non-Australians to participate in the event this summer, according to WYD operations officer Danny Casey.
Mar 14, 2008 - 03:27 pm .- St. Peter’s Basilica was filled on Thursday afternoon as thousands of young people participated in a liturgy of Reconciliation. Pope Benedict heard the confessions of some of the youth and delivered a talk to them in which he encouraged them to be open to the Holy Spirit so that through His grace they can become ‘redeemers of the young people of the world’.
Mar 14, 2008 - 03:00 pm .- The apostolic nuncio to Iraq, Archbishop Francis Assisi Chullikatt, has called for security guarantees for Iraqi Christians after news of the death of Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho of Mosul, who was kidnapped on February 29.
Mar 14, 2008 - 01:45 pm .- In a meeting with Italian business leaders and professionals, Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, encouraged the fostering of an authentic humanism for the business world based on Gospel values.
Mar 14, 2008 - 12:20 pm .- Today the Holy Father received the Letters of Credence of Carlos Federico de la Riva Guerra, the new ambassador of Bolivia to the Holy See. The Pope addressed the ambassador saying that though there are tensions in the country, the Church is ready to assist in restoring unity to its people.
Mar 14, 2008 - 10:40 am .- Early this morning Chiara Lubich, one of the founders of the Catholic movement Focolare, passed away. Upon hearing of her death, Pope Benedict sent a telegram conveying his sadness and “deep emotion” to the movement.
Mar 14, 2008 - 10:23 am .- Thousands of mourners gathered in the Christian village of Kremlis, Iraq today to bury Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho, whose body was discovered yesterday.
Mar 14, 2008 - 06:56 am .- A Scottish bishop has said that the Catholic Church in Scotland has missed a “huge and well-orchestrated conspiracy” by homosexual activists, the Scotsman reports.
Mar 14, 2008 - 04:05 am .- An abortion clinic in Michigan has been accused of violating state and federal laws regarding the disposal of aborted babies’ remains and private medical records after trash bags containing both were videotaped by a pro-life investigator.
Mar 14, 2008 - 03:37 am .- A group called Iraqi Christians in Need (ICIN) has said that the killing of Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho in Mosul could force the Church underground.
Mar 14, 2008 - 01:10 am .- Pope Benedict XVI’s third encyclical will discuss Catholic social teaching, touching on issues as varied as poverty, peace, wars, international cooperation, energy sources, and globalization.