Jul 25, 2008 - 11:43 pm .- The Catholic Church takes no pleasure in the tensions within the Anglican Church, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor said in a Friday address to Anglican bishops at the Lambeth Conference in Canterbury.
Jul 25, 2008 - 08:26 pm .- The director of the L’Osservatore Romano, Giovanni Maria Vian, devoted his latest editorial to the importance of Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae, which was published 40 years ago and which he called a “sign of contradiction” for today’s world and for the time in which it was published.
Jul 25, 2008 - 04:43 pm .- A group of 528 young people from Chile who traveled to Sydney for World Youth Day returned home on Thursday and shared with reporters their renewed zeal for the faith after their experience with Pope Benedict XVI and thousands of young people from around the world.
Jul 25, 2008 - 02:03 pm .- The spokesman for the Archdiocese of Mexico City, Father Hugo Valdemar, criticized a campaign recently launched by “Catholics for Choice” for using quotes from the Bible out of context to justify the use of condoms.
Jul 25, 2008 - 12:09 pm .- It is “paid propaganda to promote the use of contraceptives” said Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi today as he harshly criticized an "open letter to the Pope," which was run as a paid advertisement in the Italian newspaper "Corriere della Sera". The ad was signed by several "Catholic" organizations that are using the 40th anniversary of Humanae Vitae to criticize the Church’s teaching.
Jul 25, 2008 - 11:10 am .- Today Pope Benedict named two members to the Pontifical Commission for Latin America: Archbishop of San Antonio, Jose Horacio Gomez; and Argentinean Cardinal Leonardo Sandri.
Jul 25, 2008 - 10:31 am .- Today at Castelgandolfo, the Holy Father met with Prime Minister of Iraq Nouri Kamel Al-Maliki. During the course of their meeting, Pope Benedict stressed the need to end violence in the country, and received an invitation to visit Iraq.
Jul 25, 2008 - 05:00 am .- A national phone poll of Canadian households claims that 55.8 percent of Canadians oppose the bestowal of the Order of Canada upon Henry Morgentaler, an abortionist who helped to legalize abortion in the country.
Jul 25, 2008 - 04:08 am .- Today marks the 40th anniversary of the often debated papal encyclical Humanae Vitae, in which Pope Paul VI reaffirmed the Church’s teaching against contraception. Looking back at the events as he experienced them, Cardinal James Francis Stafford writes that the reaction by dissenters to the papal document involved a level of infidelity which divided the ranks of the clergy to such an extent that they have still not recovered.
Jul 25, 2008 - 02:30 am .- Three members of the board from the breakaway St. Stanislaus Kostka parish in St. Louis have reconciled with the Catholic Church and have joined other former parishioners in a lawsuit asking the civil corporation, which owns the parish, to adhere to its 1891 bylaws that require it to encourage attendance at Roman Catholic religious services.
Jul 25, 2008 - 12:01 am .- Pilgrims from the Fiji Islands have returned home after experiencing a “tsunami of faith and joy” at World Youth Day in Sydney.