Jun 26, 2009 - 08:51 pm .- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, said the Church does not take sides with any one particular political party, but rather she fulfills her mission to guide the faithful with the criteria necessary to choose between the different candidates for political office.
Jun 26, 2009 - 05:59 pm .- Cardinal Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo, archpriest of the papal basilica of St. Paul's Outside-the-Walls in Rome, held a briefing this morning on the closure of the Pauline Year. The cardinal noted that although the year is coming to an end, "the great ferment of pastoral initiatives, catechesis, and cultural events is destined to continue and to find a large following at both the local and the continental level."
Jun 26, 2009 - 05:50 pm .- Addressing the National Catholic Bible Conference on Friday morning, Auxiliary Bishop of Denver James D. Conley urged Catholics to be “disciples of the Word” like King Josiah, the priest Ezra and St. Francis of Assisi. Recovery of God’s Word can create renewal and change “hearts and history,” he said.
Jun 26, 2009 - 04:45 pm .- In a press release about the Pilgrimage for Peace and Unity, which will take place on June 28 in the Mexican capital, the organization Union de Voluntades (Union of Wills)—an umbrella organization that represents dozens of Catholic entities—called on candidates for the upcoming elections to clearly define their positions on life issues.
Jun 26, 2009 - 03:09 pm .- The Mexican association Suma Tu Voz (Unite Your Voice) has criticized new government-issued health care booklets that include information on contraceptives and the morning-after pill aimed at young people aged 10-19.
Jun 26, 2009 - 01:52 pm .- "But, will he actually be dead?" asks the headline of L'Osservatore Romano, the day after Michael Jackson died of a heart attack in Los Angeles. Today the Vatican's newspaper looks back at the pop star's life and comments on the popular impact of his death.
Jun 26, 2009 - 10:55 am .- An investigating committee of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has submitted its report clearing a CCCB-run development agency of charges it helped fund pro-abortion groups in Mexico. However, the CCCB president said that reports of such funding for Peruvian groups require “clarification” from the Peruvian bishops.
Jun 26, 2009 - 06:56 am .- The Archdiocese of Detroit has launched a “Pallium Blog” to cover Archbishop Allen Vigneron’s reception of the pallium in Rome. The blog includes reports from the archbishop and those accompanying him to Rome, including his two young nephews and a woman who runs a Detroit Italian restaurant.
Jun 26, 2009 - 03:23 am .- The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a 6-5 decision on Wednesday upheld Virginia’s partial-birth abortion ban. In his concurring opinion, one judge wrote that the law protects the “weakest” and “most helpless” and condemned the use of the Constitution to justify “dismembering” a partly born child and “crushing” its skull.
Jun 26, 2009 - 12:35 am .- Archbishop Rafael Cheenath of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar, India deplored this week that two years after the widespread attacks on Christians in Orissa, no one has been detained or charged for the grave damage to property and lives that resulted.