Jul 11, 2008 - 10:14 pm .- The Archbishop of Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia, Cardinal Julio Terrazas Sandoval, called on Bolivians this week to recover the meaning of the family, “made up of extraordinary diversity,” but called to be “a sign of respectful unity” in the manner in which the Lord wants for his Church “and which we want to build up.”
Jul 11, 2008 - 08:41 pm .- The Archbishop of Valencia, Cardinal Agustin Garcia-Gasco, said this week that human dignity “is not subordinate to the decisions of particular States or to local customs or to any ideological proposal,” but rather is proper to the human person, created in the image and likeness of God.
Jul 11, 2008 - 07:09 pm .- A Minnesota professor and science blogger has said he will personally desecrate the Eucharist and publish photos of the desecration on the internet if any of his readers acquire a consecrated Host and mail it to him. “I’ll show you sacrilege, gladly, and with much fanfare,” he has written.
Jul 11, 2008 - 05:23 pm .- The president of the Argentinean pro-life NGO “Pro-Vida,” Dr. Roberto Castellano, issued a statement this week strongly rejecting a recent court ruling against a doctor who revealed that a woman he was treating at the Santojanni Hospital had undergone an illegal abortion.
Jul 11, 2008 - 03:59 pm .- The Dutch anti-life foundation HIVOS, together with the Latin American and Caribbean Network for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, is organizing a “sex camp” in Ecuador for young people who want to express their “sexual rights.”
Jul 11, 2008 - 02:11 pm .- Mark Linton, director of Catholic Outreach for the Obama Campaign, refused to appear on a Catholic radio show to explain Obama’s views regarding abortion and address his accusations of supporting infanticide.
Jul 11, 2008 - 01:55 pm .- John McCain is preparing to ramp up his efforts to reach out to Catholic voters with a “very, very aggressive” campaign, spearheaded by his newly created Catholic Outreach Coalition.
Jul 11, 2008 - 01:26 pm .- Catholic News Agency is pleased to announce a new column named “Indispensable Economics,” written by Dr. William Luckey. Each week, Dr. Luckey will explain the world of economics focusing on issues affecting Catholics in society today.
Jul 11, 2008 - 12:38 pm .- The L'Osservatore Romano reported this week that young people in Sydney are eagerly anticipating the opening of World Youth Day and the arrival next week of Pope Benedict XVI.
Jul 11, 2008 - 09:51 am .- Shepherd One, Pope Benedict XVI’s airplane will take off from Rome on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. bearing the Holy Father on his way to Australia for World Youth Day.
Jul 11, 2008 - 06:03 am .- The Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church has decided to “forgive” two Orthodox bishops for their participation in religious rites with Eastern Catholics. However, it warned that no Orthodox cleric may celebrate sacraments or blessings with ministers of other religions on pain of excommunication.
Jul 11, 2008 - 03:15 am .- St. Patrick Catholic Church in Newcastle, Maine will celebrate its bicentennial this weekend. The church, whose building was completed in 1808, is the oldest continuing parish in the northeastern United States.
Jul 11, 2008 - 01:25 am .- The slaughter and sale of a cow reportedly triggered a new series of attacks against Christians in the Indian state of Orissa in which Hindu militants from the group Vishwa Hindu Parishad destroyed a Jesuit residence, a church and a Protestant orphanage. While no one was reported killed in the recent attacks, violence has killed four Catholics and has destroyed 730 houses and 95 churches in 2008 alone.