Aug 5, 2008 - 09:53 pm .- The “States Dinner” that the Knights of Columbus hold at their annual convention is always a colorful affair with representatives from the different states and provinces expressing their state pride.This year’s dinner was made even more lively with the quick-witted humor and insights of Cardinal John Foley.
Aug 5, 2008 - 06:43 pm .- The Catholic Bishops of California have endorsed Proposition 8, a measure on the California ballot that would ban what they called the “radical change” of same-sex marriage. Writing in a statement, the bishops explained Catholic teaching on marriage and also defended marriage’s natural functions in stabilizing society for the procreation and rearing of children.
Aug 5, 2008 - 04:58 pm .- Riding the enthusiasm of Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to the United States, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson delivered a rousing speech today in which he challenged his fellow Knights to transform the world through their actions and political decisions.
Aug 5, 2008 - 04:44 pm .- During her short life of one year, eight months and twelve days, Marcela de Jesus Ferreira made more friends than any other child of her age. Some 1,500 attended her funeral and accompanied her casket to the cemetery of Patrocinio Paulista, her hometown, where a street will be named in her memory.
Aug 5, 2008 - 01:15 pm .- On Tuesday Pope Benedict traveled to the town of Oies near Bressanone, where he is spending his vacations, to visit the birthplace of St. Joseph Freinademetz, a missionary to China and the most popular saint in the region.
Aug 5, 2008 - 11:05 am .- The L’Osservatore Romano paid homage this week to one of the most important Russian intellectuals and the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1970, Alexander Solzhenitsin, an Orthodox Christian who died on Sunday at the age of 89 and who survived the cruelty of the Russian concentration camps, or Gulags, where millions died.
Aug 5, 2008 - 09:14 am .- As he opened the Knights of Columbus’ annual convention on Tuesday morning, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the Archbishop of Québec, called on the fraternal organization to react to the increasing secularization of society by more strongly promoting “a culture of life and a civilization of love.”
Aug 5, 2008 - 03:48 am .- Pope Benedict XVI is continuing to vacation with his brother in the northern Italian town of Bressanone, where he is reportedly drafting a new encyclical.
Aug 5, 2008 - 12:28 am .- Thousands of Catholics in two southern Philippines cities on Monday demonstrated against a government agreement granting Muslims more territory and political and economic powers. One critic characterized the deal as the building of a “Berlin Wall” in the country and another called it a “virtual declaration” of a new state.