Archive of July 2, 2008

Californians don’t share Obama’s support for homosexual marriage, group says

Jul 2, 2008 - 10:39 pm .- Sen. Barack Obama’s support for homosexual marriage could lose him votes in California, the Campaign for Children and Families says.

U.S. delegation is largest overseas World Youth Day contingent

Jul 2, 2008 - 08:22 pm .- In what American organizers claim is the largest international delegation to World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney, the U.S. will send 15,000 young people to the July event.

Bishops in Venezuela continue to denounce new “Catholic” religious sect

Jul 2, 2008 - 06:12 pm .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela, Bishop Ubaldo Santana, denounced the dissident clerics that have used the name Catholic to form the new religious sect called the Reformed Catholic Church, with the backing of the Chavez government.

Satisfaction and hope in the Vatican as Betancourt and 14 hostages are rescued

Jul 2, 2008 - 04:51 pm .- The director of the Vatican’s Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, expressed the joy of the Holy See upon learning of today’s successful military operation that led to the rescue of former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other people who were abducted.

Conditions still not ripe for papal visit to Russia, says Moscow archbishop

Jul 2, 2008 - 03:38 pm .- In an interview with the L’Osservatore Romano, Archbishop Paolo Pezzi of Moscow said that the right conditions are still not present for a trip to Russia by Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope calls for end to violence and extortion in Colombia in video message

Jul 2, 2008 - 01:19 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI has sent a video-taped message to the bishops of Colombia in which he calls for an end to the “violence, kidnapping and extortion” that is affecting so many in that country. The bishops are currently gathered to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of their conference.

Leader of Women in White harassed in Cuba

Jul 2, 2008 - 10:36 am .- Laura Pollan Toledo, one of the most well-known leaders of the Women in White, said this week she has been the victim of harassment by Cuban state police.

Pope begins series of reflections on St. Paul for the saint's Jubilee Year

Jul 2, 2008 - 09:55 am .- Last Sunday, the Solemnity of the Apostles Peter and Paul, marked the beginning of a year dedicated to the figure and teaching of the Apostle Paul. During today’s general audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall, Pope Benedict XVI began a new series of catecheses aimed at understanding more deeply the thought of Saint Paul and its continuing relevance.

Producers of “The Decency Gap” convince YouTube to pull exposé video

Jul 2, 2008 - 09:42 am .- The producers behind the documentary, “The Decency Gap,” have convinced YouTube to pull a video filmed by the Population Research Institute that unmasked the film as a pro-abortion initiative.

Groups criticize laws forbidding ‘causing annoyance’ to WYD pilgrims

Jul 2, 2008 - 05:53 am .- Laws introduced in the Australian state of New South Wales to prevent people from “causing annoyance” or inconvenience to participants in World Youth Day now face stiff criticism for their requirements that organizations have placards, banners and T-shirts pre-approved by authorities.

Archbishop of Canterbury criticizes proposed Anglican Primates’ Council

Jul 2, 2008 - 04:07 am .- Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the highest-ranking cleric in the Church of England, has responded to the announcement of the Global Anglican Future Conference that it is setting up a Council of Primates to defend what it sees as Anglican orthodoxy. Archbishop Williams said the planned council would not be universally accepted throughout the Anglican Communion and would be abused by factions who use concerns about theological integrity as pretexts for ecclesiastical infighting.

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