Jul 17, 2008 - 11:39 pm .- Michael N. Herring, the Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney, has announced that though the Commonwealth Catholic Charities of Richmond (CCR) staffer who signed a 16-year-old girl’s consent form for an abortion did not have legal authority to do so, he will not prosecute because there was no criminal intent.
Jul 17, 2008 - 10:51 pm .- John J. Myers, the Archbishop of Newark and Ecclesiastical Delegate for the Pastoral Provision, addressed the Anglican Use Conference in San Antonio on July 11. Describing his “awestruck” reaction to his first Anglican Use liturgy, he spoke of the efforts underway to expand the Anglican Use and the Pastoral Provision to “continuing Anglican communities.”
Jul 17, 2008 - 09:21 pm .- Bishop Samuel Aquila of Fargo, North Dakota told a crowded room of pilgrims at Sydney's University of Notre Dame that they should work to "create a culture of life,” to participate in the mission of the Holy Spirit.
Jul 17, 2008 - 06:04 pm .- Father Jesus Del Pino, pastor of Guaimaro in Camaguey, Cuba, lamented that only one Cuban young person, who is actually a Spanish citizen, is present at World Youth Day in Sydney, because the government of New Zealand denied visas to the rest of the Cuban delegations over fears of “possible illegal immigration.”
Jul 17, 2008 - 04:38 pm .- In an interview with the Colombian magazine Cambio, the new president of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Archbishop Ruben Salazar, said the guerrilla rebels in the country “have lost touch with reality.” The bishop encouraged the rebels to free all of the hostages and to sit down for negotiations.
Jul 17, 2008 - 03:56 pm .- Judge Antônio Hirt Preiss of the Third Criminal Court of Brasilia rejected the petition of a woman who requested permission to abort her unborn child because it suffers from anacephaly.
Jul 17, 2008 - 02:34 pm .- The “Vocations Expo,” which has given religious congregations a chance to showcase their charisms and apostolates to the young people attending World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney has been “a true success,” organizers have revealed.
Jul 17, 2008 - 12:29 pm .- Over half a million people gathered at Sydney Harbor on Thursday to welcome Pope Benedict to World Youth Day and listen to his message. The Pontiff challenged the youth to not separate freedom and tolerance from the truth.
Jul 17, 2008 - 11:51 am .- In his welcoming address to the young pilgrims at World Youth Day, the Holy Father spoke of the majesty of creation: the sparkle and vastness of the oceans, the beauty of the sunset before reinforcing that while nature is “truly wonderous,” man is the “apex of God’s creation.”
Jul 17, 2008 - 09:49 am .- Speaking to an international audience of pilgrims at WYD08 in Sydney’s Convention and Exhibition Centre on Thursday, Most Rev. Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Birmingham, England explained how the Holy Spirit is at the heart of the Church.
Jul 17, 2008 - 07:00 am .- In the midst of jubilant crowds, the Papal “Boat-a-cade” arrived at Barangaroo this afternoon, after sailing around Sydney Harbour, where the Pope waved to tens of thousands people who had lined the foreshore to catch a glimpse of the Pontiff.
Jul 17, 2008 - 04:32 am .- Pope Benedict XVI paid a visit to the Blessed Mary MacKillop Chapel this morning, which is dedicated to a woman who may become Australia’s first saint.
Jul 17, 2008 - 04:18 am .- Cardinal Wilifrid Fox Napier, the Archbishop of Durban, South Africa, told an Australian news program that a change in Catholic teaching on condoms would not change the rate of HIV infection in Africa. Rather, he argued, positive change would result from trusting people to take control of their lives.
Pope Benedict XVI: World Youth Day fills me with confidence for the future of the Church and our worldJul 17, 2008 - 03:14 am .- The Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd and Governor General, Major General Michael Jeffery, Australia’s head of State, extended a warm welcome to the Pope at a formal ceremony held on the lawn of Sydney’s Government House this morning following a 21-gun salute and an inspection of the Federation Guard.
Jul 17, 2008 - 02:13 am .- The generosity of 750 Austrian young people participating in World Youth Day in Sydney has made it possible for 44 Sudanese youths to attend the event for the first time.
Jul 17, 2008 - 12:40 am .- The Gerard Health Foundation has unveiled the “Life Prizes” program to award up to $600,000 to those who uphold and preserve the sanctity of life in public advocacy, scientific research, outreach, legal action, and other activities.