Jul 22, 2008 - 11:15 pm .- Commenting on the recent birth of a baby who developed outside his mother’s womb, one of the doctors present at the delivery, Waldemir Rezende, said that the extraordinary results of the medical intervention show that it is always possible for science to save both the mother and the child.
Jul 22, 2008 - 08:12 pm .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has launched “Natural Family Planning Awareness Week” to promote Catholic teaching about human sexuality, marital love, and responsible parenthood as the 40th anniversary of Humanae Vitae approaches.
Jul 22, 2008 - 07:12 pm .- Brazilian media outlets are reporting that a study using adult stem cells to cure “type one” diabetes has been put on hold for two years by the country’s Ministry of Health department.
Jul 22, 2008 - 05:06 pm .- The Archdiocese of Boston has issued a statement in response to a group that planned and performed an ordination ceremony for three women in Boston on Sunday. In the July 18 statement the archdiocese’s vicar general, Father Richard Erikson, explained Catholic teaching on the male-only priesthood and said the group, which calls itself Roman Catholic Womenpriests, is “not an entity of the Roman Catholic Church.”
Jul 22, 2008 - 02:06 pm .- In the Jubilee Year of 2000, Pope John Paul II made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land stopping at one point to bless an olive tree on the Mount of the Beatitudes. A forester with the Jewish National Fund reports that this tree is the only one producing olives this year.
Jul 22, 2008 - 10:59 am .- African members of the Pontifical Council for Culture as well as bishops in charge of the pastoral care for cultures will convene in Bagamoyo, Tanzania for a meeting on July 23-26 to discuss evangelization and the impact of secularization in Africa.
Jul 22, 2008 - 09:50 am .- Although President Robert Mugabe and opposition leaders Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara signed an agreement to end the “polarization, divisions, conflict and intolerance” on Monday, Zimbabweans are still reeling from the crackdown by Mugabe’s political allies. Some citizens fear that more violence is yet to come.
Jul 22, 2008 - 04:28 am .- Cardinal Justin Rigali has written a letter to all members of the U.S. Congress defending conscience protections for pro-life health care workers. According to the cardinal, due to a lack of executive action some institutions may be violating conscience protection laws “without even knowing it.”
Jul 22, 2008 - 02:40 am .- Thousands of Catholic faithful are expected to attend a prayer rally and march at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila on Friday in protest of a proposed population policy. Some policy provisions would permit government funding for artificial birth control, while others would fully fund tubal ligations and vasectomies. The bill also proposes a non-mandatory “two child policy” and requires employers in collective bargaining agreements to fund contraceptives.