Apr 21, 2008 - 11:35 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI’s visit and his recognition of the problems of clerical sexual abuse have prompted many alleged sexual abuse victims to come forward, Newsday reports.
Apr 21, 2008 - 09:08 pm .- Bishop Juan Jose Asenjo of Cordoba in Spain said last week that the rights of the family “are based on natural law” and that whoever attacks the family is undermining peace.
Apr 21, 2008 - 04:07 pm .- Speaking from the Holy Land where he is on pilgrimage, the papal vicar for the Diocese of Rome, Cardinal Camilo Ruini, said this week, “The situation is very calm and I can say that anyone who intends to come can do so without any risk.”
Apr 21, 2008 - 03:19 pm .- A Catholic bishop whom the Vatican suspended from office after his entry into politics has been elected president of Paraguay, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Apr 21, 2008 - 02:15 pm .- The head of the Committee on Marriage, the Family, Bioethics and the Defense of Life of the Austrian Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Klaus Kung, deplored a resolution that demands the members of the European Council legalize abortion and said, “We need those aborted children.”
Apr 21, 2008 - 12:43 pm .- The Bagara Family Association in northern Spain said this week, “70% of Basque public schools refuse to offer religion classes,” thus pressuring parents not to sign their kids up for the subject.
Apr 21, 2008 - 12:10 pm .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Chile, Bishop Alejandro Goic, deplored the recent vandalizing of a statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at the Cathedral of Santiago.
Apr 21, 2008 - 08:31 am .- Today the Holy Father sent a telegram of condolence for the death of Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family. The cardinal died in Rome on Saturday, April 19 at the age of 72.
Apr 21, 2008 - 08:11 am .- St. Gregory’s University announced that it has received a challenge grant in the amount of $1.5 million from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation, Inc. The challenge grant, a conditional grant based on future dollars raised, would provide funding toward construction of new student resident halls for SGU.