Jul 23, 2008 - 10:19 pm .- Pilgrims for World Youth Day have all gone their separate ways with the close of the international Catholic youth gathering. Cardinal George Pell, the Archbishop of Sydney, took time this past Sunday to reflect on the hospitality of Sydney residents, the enthusiasm of the hundreds of thousands of pilgrims, and the “genuine” prayer surrounding the event. With all of this, he said “This is a good time to be Catholic.”
Jul 23, 2008 - 08:15 pm .- Having returned from his visit to Australia for World Youth Day, Pope Benedict XVI has moved to his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo. After three days of rest, he will meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki on Friday and travel to the northern Italian town of Bressanone the following day.
Jul 23, 2008 - 05:42 pm .- During an international meeting with the heads of various religious communities, Cardinal Franc Rode, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, said Europe is “moving backwards in the area of religion because legislative bodies on the continent are increasingly moving further away from Christian principles.”
Jul 23, 2008 - 03:13 pm .- Bishop Fabian Marulanda, secretary general of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, has called on the rebel group FARC to free all of its hostages because of the “universal clamor expressed in the massive protests” that took place last Sunday in Colombia and other parts of the world.
Jul 23, 2008 - 02:08 pm .- The governor of Madrid, Esperanza Aguirre, has announced that the dates for World Youth Day 2011 will be August 15-21. She also assured the public that local officials would support the event and ensure it would be a success.
Jul 23, 2008 - 12:29 pm .- The civil rights watchdog organization Hazteoir.org filed a complaint with Spain’s Attorney General this week against the organizers of a July 5 “gay pride” parade for inciting religious hatred.
Jul 23, 2008 - 10:24 am .- Charles J. Chaput, the Archbishop of Denver, has written a new book about Catholic participation in public life, where faith and politics intersect. Titled “Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life,” the book will be published by Doubleday in August 2008.
Jul 23, 2008 - 10:10 am .- As part of an effort to bolster Iraq’s diplomatic relations in Europe, Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki is making stops in Germany and Italy this week. On Friday he will pay a visit to Pope Benedict XVI to brief him on efforts to protect the Christian community in Iraq and to promote values of equality, justice and reconciliation.
Jul 23, 2008 - 04:53 am .- The University of Minnesota has told CNA that disciplinary action has not been taken against Professor Paul Zachary Myers, a biology professor at the school’s Morris campus who threatened to acquire and desecrate a consecrated Host on his popular science blog Pharyngula. ...
Jul 23, 2008 - 01:29 am .- The organization Professionals for Ethics reported this week that courts in Spain have now issued 18 rulings supporting the right to conscientiously object to the school course Education for Citizenship and reaffirming the right of parents to choose the kind of moral education their children receive.
Jul 23, 2008 - 12:16 am .- Pro-life groups have asked the City of Denver to permit them to conduct a prayer vigil at the Pepsi Center on August 23, two days before the Democratic National Convention meets at the venue. However, the groups say a lawsuit could be necessary to overcome the delayed response from the city government that has hampered planning for the vigil.