Jul 18, 2008 - 11:59 pm .- At the consecration of the altar at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney this morning, Pope Benedict XVI issued an anticipated formal apology to people who experienced sexual abuse by clergy of the Australian Catholic Church.
Jul 18, 2008 - 08:04 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI met with disadvantaged youth at Sacred Heart Church on the Darlinghurst campus of the University of Notre Dame Australia on Friday. Exhorting them to become “ambassadors of hope” to others, despite their regrets and disadvantages, he asked the youths to commit themselves to a lifelong friendship with Jesus Christ, who the Pope said welcomes them “with open arms.”
Jul 18, 2008 - 05:55 pm .- A sixteen-year-old Kansas girl was allegedly forced by her mother to undergo an abortion on Wednesday at an abortion clinic run by the notorious late-term abortionist George Tiller. Reportedly both the teenage girl and the baby’s father, who was also sixteen, objected to the abortion. The young father arrived at the clinic too late to stop the abortion, a pro-life group says.
Jul 18, 2008 - 04:22 pm .- Bishop Jesus Garcia Burillo of Avila lamented the desire of some in Spain to impose “a secular gospel where the values of the Kingdom of God are substituted with ‘progressive values’ and the “reign of secularism,” whose signs are abortion, euthanasia and secularism.
Jul 18, 2008 - 02:50 pm .- A group of Catholic dissenters plans to publish an open letter to Pope Benedict XVI criticizing Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae on the fortieth anniversary of its promulgation, July 25. The group Catholics for Choice claims that the encyclical’s teaching against contraception has been an “utter failure." However, a major pro-life leader said the group’s accusations were hard to take seriously.
Jul 18, 2008 - 01:41 pm .- Auxiliary Bishop Juan Antonio Martinez of Madrid, who is in Sydney for World Youth Day 2008, said young people give “great hope for the Church and the world.”
Jul 18, 2008 - 12:28 pm .- "It was an extraordinary experience to have the Pope among us. We were all in the boat with our flags, very happy to be living those moments.” These were the words Ryan Stichweh used to describe the boat ride he and 200 other young people shared with Pope Benedict XVI during the opening ceremonies of World Youth Day.
Jul 18, 2008 - 09:36 am .- An audience of half a billion tuned in to watch the performance that involved around 80 performers and was played out by young people at six major venues around Sydney. Over 270,000 international and local spectators also made their way to points around the city to watch the Stations of the Cross live and on big screen televisions.
Jul 18, 2008 - 07:48 am .- The 40 Days for Life initiative is launching its fall campaign to promote 40 days of prayer and fasting, 24-hour peaceful vigils outside abortion facilities and grassroots outreach across the country.
Jul 18, 2008 - 05:46 am .- Colorado State University football coach Sonny Lubbick and Bishop James D. Conley, the new auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Denver, have joined the board of the Catholic Foundation along with several other new members.
Jul 18, 2008 - 05:07 am .- Addressing around twenty religious leaders from the Islamic, Jewish, Hindu, and Buddhist faith communities, Pope Benedict called on them to help promote a harmonious relationship between religion and public life.
Jul 18, 2008 - 04:03 am .- Twelve young people from across the world shared lunch with the Holy Father at St. Mary’s Cathedral House Reception Hall on Friday. Armando Cervantes, the U.S. representative, said his encounter with the Pope made him realize that, “this is a man who loves us, who wants us to know and understand the love that Christ has for us.”
Jul 18, 2008 - 01:34 am .- Fifteen leaders of the Australian Christian church met the Pope in an Ecumenical event held in the St. Mary’s Cathedral Crypt on Friday morning. In his address to the church leaders, Benedict XVI called on them to not view doctrine as divisive since that view can prevent Christians from working to improve the world.
Jul 18, 2008 - 01:16 am .- The Bush administration has proposed a rule that any program run or funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) must certify that they will not refuse to hire nurses and other healthcare workers who object to abortion and abortafacient contraceptives.
Jul 18, 2008 - 12:04 am .- Young people gathered on Friday morning to hear Archbishop Charles Chaput speak on the Holy Spirit and the duty of Christians to be missionaries received a challenge to not live in a ‘Catholic ghetto.’