May 7, 2009 - 10:24 pm .- A charity official says that Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the Holy Land is an "important sign" in the "nebulous" political situation of the Holy Land. Explaining the "immense" problems facing the Christian community there, she also reported on the continuing preparations for the papal visit.
May 7, 2009 - 07:30 pm .- Upon receiving a medal from a group dedicated to religious freedom, Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said that God the Creator is the foundation to beliefs about the sanctity and “infinite value” of human life. He also warned that American religious liberty will be lost if it is not defended and if an increasing disdain for faith and religious believers is underestimated.
May 7, 2009 - 04:13 pm .- Bishop Juan Ruben Martinez of Posadas in Argentina said celibacy cannot be reduced to a "mere imposition of the Church" and that "bad examples and even our own limitations do not invalidate the contribution of so many who, in the past and today, give their lives for others."
D.C. council votes to recognize same-sex ‘marriage,’ draws ‘adamant’ opposition from black communityMay 7, 2009 - 04:07 pm .- The Washington, D.C. City Council’s decision to recognize same-sex "marriages" contracted elsewhere prompted accusations of bigotry against a black leader while causing "adamant" protests from the city’s African-American community. Councilman Marion Berry, the lone dissenter in the vote, said the controversial move could trigger a figurative "civil war."
May 7, 2009 - 04:03 pm .- Dozens of St. Louis Catholics are planning to travel to South Bend, Indiana to take part in May 17 protests against the University of Notre Dame’s decision to host President Barack Obama as commencement speaker and to award him an honorary law degree.
May 7, 2009 - 04:01 pm .- The Archbishop of Bogota, Cardinal Pedro Rubiano, reiterated this week the Church’s willingness to mediate in negotiations with the rebel group FARC, but stressed that the group must accept mediation, not be forced into it.
May 7, 2009 - 02:01 pm .- Auxiliary Bishop Giacinto Boulos Marcuzzo of Jerusalem said during a recent interview that Pope Benedict XVI, who begins his historic visit to the Holy Land this Friday, is going to the region “to confirm his brethren in the faith, to deepen the roots of the Christian presence there, and to strengthen our relations with others.”
May 7, 2009 - 11:49 am .- Students for Life, a national pro-life student organization, sent President Obama a letter saying they were "alarmed" at the administration’s "ignorance" by including pro-lifers in the Department of Homeland Security’s Assessment of "Rightwing Extremism" report and requested that Obama "educate" his staff on the goals of the movement.
May 7, 2009 - 11:01 am .- This morning, Pope Benedict met with the 32 Swiss Guards who were sworn in as members of the corps yesterday. In his words to them, he how important it is to experience the love of Christ and how it unites Catholics from all corners of the world.
May 7, 2009 - 10:09 am .- Today Pope Benedict accepted the resignation of Bishop Harrington from his post as Bishop of Winona. Harrington, who served the diocese as bishop for nearly 11 years, will be replaced by Winona’s co-adjutor bishop, Most Rev. John Quinn.
May 7, 2009 - 09:44 am .- This morning Pope Benedict met with Elias Antonio Saca Gonzalez, president of the Republic of El Salvador discussing the countries struggles and commitment to further development.
May 7, 2009 - 09:36 am .- A single-page website, www.prayfor44.com, is inviting Catholics across the U.S. to lead “respectful” prayer meetings, preferably on the same day and at the same time in which President Barack Obama will be honored at the University of Notre Dame.
May 7, 2009 - 07:07 am .- CNA is launching a channel on the micro-blogging site Twitter to provide our readers with quick updates on Catholic news around the world. Make sure to check in as we begin our live coverage of the Pope's visit to the Holy Land on Friday.
May 7, 2009 - 06:06 am .- Fr. Thomas Berg, Executive Director of the New York-based Westchester Institute for Ethics and the Human Person, announced today that he will be leaving the Legion of Christ to join the Archdiocese of New York and will continue his ministry as the head of the institute.
May 7, 2009 - 04:51 am .- Bishop of Toledo, Ohio Leonard Blair has banned a workshop on homosexual ministry that was scheduled to start on May 1, saying its positions were "not at all in accord" with U.S. bishops’ guidelines and do not present the "full, authentic teaching" of the Catholic Church.
May 7, 2009 - 03:06 am .- Chinese researchers have reportedly developed an injectable male contraceptive that has few side effects. However, an ethicist explained to CNA, if the drug is going to be used as a contraceptive, then its use would violate Catholic teaching because "contraception that interferes with conception is intrinsically evil."
May 7, 2009 - 12:14 am .- Edinburgh city council chiefs have admitted mistakes in the treatment of the grandparents of two children placed with a homosexual couple for adoption, apologizing for the "distress" social workers may have caused.