Jun 19, 2008 - 11:49 pm .- A Virginia affiliate of Catholic Charities is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for helping a 16-year-old Guatemalan girl be fit with a contraceptive device and obtain an abortion, in possible violation of Virginia law and in direct contradiction to the teachings of the Catholic faith.
Jun 19, 2008 - 08:09 pm .- The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has created a “Tim Russert Making a Difference Fund” to support Catholic elementary schools.
Jun 19, 2008 - 06:26 pm .- In a Mass celebrated on June 16 at the Cathedral of Westminster, the president of the Committee on External Affairs of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, Bishop Roger Francis Hollis, said that despite the violence and persecution of Muslim extremists, “the light of the faith is alive” in Iraqi Christians.
Jun 19, 2008 - 04:13 pm .- More than sixty Catholic organizations in Mexico are preparing to convene the “Pilgrimage for the Marvelous Gift of Life,” which will take place on Sunday, June 22. The pilgrimage is being held in view of the Supreme Court’s expected ruling on whether to confirm the law that legalized abortion up to the twelfth week in the Mexican capital last year.
Jun 19, 2008 - 03:12 pm .- The organization Muevete Chile has launched a campaign entitled, “Discrimination in the name of Non-Discrimination,” in response to a law in Senate committee that would promote same-sex unions.
Jun 19, 2008 - 12:43 pm .- The L’Osservatore Romano reported this week that during the Wednesday General Audience, a group of Holocaust survivors who are part of the Pave the Way Foundation greeted Pope Benedict XVI and announced they would organizing a symposium in September of this year on “the important help Pius XII gave to the Jews” during World War II.
Jun 19, 2008 - 10:46 am .- This morning at the Vatican, the Holy Father recalled the importance of devotion to the Eucharist as he received prelates from the Pakistan Catholic Bishops' Conference, who have just completed their "ad limina" visit. “The Eucharist,” the Pope recalled, “reminds us … violence never has the last word, for Christ has conquered sin and death through His glorious resurrection.”
Jun 19, 2008 - 10:39 am .- President Joseph Kabila Kabange of the Democratic Republic of the Congo was welcomed by Pope Benedict at the Vatican on Thursday. The two leaders discussed the struggle to disarm militants in the eastern region of Kivu and President Kabila extended an invitation for the Holy Father to visit the country.
Jun 19, 2008 - 10:04 am .- Members of the Aid Agency for the Oriental Churches were received in an audience by Pope Benedict this morning at the Vatican. At the audience, the Holy Father stressed the vital role of the Eastern Churches in working for peace and expressed his desire to visit the Holy Land.
Jun 19, 2008 - 05:08 am .- A High Court judge in New Zealand has questioned the legality of many abortions after Pro-Life New Zealand initiated a review of the country’s Abortion Supervisory Committee, which appoints the consultants who authorize abortions to take place.
Jun 19, 2008 - 04:05 am .- A Latvian priest has been awarded the title “Righteous among the Nations” by Yad Vashem for risking his life to save Jews during World War II.
Jun 19, 2008 - 02:09 am .- Magdi Allam, the Christian convert from Islam who was baptized by Pope Benedict XVI at an Easter service in April, has reacted to Islamist death threats posted on a web site said to be close to al-Qaeda. He has expressed particular concern that the writers of the threatening messages may be Italian.