Jul 6, 2009 - 11:05 pm .- The organization Professionals for Ethics in Spain has denounced the Socialist Party for attempting to delete a paragraph from its website that clearly states that the school course Education for the Citizenry is intended to promote the homosexual agenda.
Jul 6, 2009 - 08:03 pm .- On Saturday thousands of Irish pro-life advocates attended a Rally for Life in Dublin’s city center urging that Ireland be kept "abortion-free."
Jul 6, 2009 - 05:50 pm .- On July 4, just days before his social encyclical is set to be released, Pope Benedict XVI sent a letter regarding the upcoming G8 meeting to the Prime Minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi. In his letter, he called for renewed international efforts to work together in order “to face current challenges” in front of mankind today.
Jul 6, 2009 - 05:04 pm .- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released its final guidelines for human embryonic stem cell research. The rules allow the funding of research which uses stem cells harvested from fertility clinic embryos and also outline informed consent standards for women or couples who donate their embryos.
Jul 6, 2009 - 04:28 pm .- The Council responsible for studying the Vatican’s finances announced over the weekend that the Holy See has reported a deficit of about 900,000 euros for 2008, a fraction of the previous year’s deficit.
Jul 6, 2009 - 03:52 pm .- The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) wrapped up a meeting in Bunju, Tanzania, on July 3 with the presidents of the doctrinal committees from the various bishops’ conferences of Africa.
Jul 6, 2009 - 02:48 pm .- The Italian senator and former EU commissioner Rocco Buttiglione said last week that the roots of the West cannot be invented and that Western culture has its roots in Christianity.
Jul 6, 2009 - 12:06 pm .- Responding to Cardinal Georges Cottier's recent article praising President Obama, Vatican analyst Sandro Magister has said the cardinal almost exalts Obama as “a new Constantine, the head of a modern empire that is also generous toward the Church."
Jul 6, 2009 - 11:43 am .- Only days after closing the Pauline Year, Pope Benedict XVI was able to preside at the re-opening of the Pauline Chapel in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace. The Pontiff restored the chapel to its full use by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
Jul 6, 2009 - 11:39 am .- The secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education, Archbishop Jean-Louis Brugues, warned last week that “modern society has become allergic to the concepts of duty and the spirit of sacrifice,” two notions that have always “belonged to the common heritage of all the great religions” and that are necessary as well for all priests.