Jul 7, 2009 - 10:19 pm .- The secretary general of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Mariano Crociata, said in a recent homily that the Church does not have any kind of contempt for the human body and sexuality, but that she does say “no to moral degradation and to contempt for modesty, sobriety and self-control.”
Jul 7, 2009 - 08:08 pm .- The president of the Bishops’ conference of Colombia, Archbishop Ruben Salazar Gomez, said this week the issue of life is the “key” for confronting the country’s political, economic, cultural and religious reality.” The issue is especially important since modernity has “a new understanding of life that does not always bring positive consequences has emerged,” he said.
Jul 7, 2009 - 06:05 pm .- Malawians have mourned a retired Italian builder who died of malaria after spending his retirement helping to build missions in Africa.
Jul 7, 2009 - 04:53 pm .- On the eve of the G-8 summit which will take place in his city, Archbishop Giuseppe Molinari of L’Aquila said the earthquake-ravaged city “could symbolize wounded humanity."
Jul 7, 2009 - 03:26 pm .- The head of the Knights of Columbus, Carl Anderson, has responded to Pope Benedict’s newly-released encyclical, “Caritas in Veritate” (Love in Truth), by denouncing attempts to use it to further political agendas rather than viewing it from the Church’s comprehensive understanding of the human person.
Jul 7, 2009 - 01:49 pm .- The British Library has announced that the pages of 4th century biblical manuscript called the Sinaiticus Codex have been scanned and posted online after four years of work.
Jul 7, 2009 - 12:06 pm .- On July 9 officials from the Holy See and the Israeli Ministry for Foreign Affairs will be meeting in Jerusalem for the first time since Pope Benedict XVI’s historic visit to the Holy Land earlier this year.
Jul 7, 2009 - 10:49 am .- Pope Benedict XVI met with Japan’s Prime Minister, Taro Aso, in an audience on Tuesday morning. According to a press release from the Vatican, the two heads of state discussed the economic crisis in Japan as well as the Holy See’s commitment to Africa.
Jul 7, 2009 - 08:56 am .- Pope Benedict XVI's highly anticipated social encyclical, titled “Love in Truth,” takes on the complex issue of what the global economy should look like. In his analysis, real development can be achieved by seeking to convert individual people, and not the economy, which is only an instrument.
Jul 7, 2009 - 07:17 am .- In his sweeping new encyclical published on Tuesday, Pope Benedict asserts that confronting the global challenges of today requires a “new humanistic synthesis” that makes man's well-being “the source, the focus and the aim of all economic and social life.”
Jul 7, 2009 - 06:03 am .- A new support community for divorced or separated Catholics who remain faithful to marriage has launched in the United States, taking inspiration from a similar Italian effort to help people fulfill their vows and live their "I do."
Jul 7, 2009 - 05:57 am .- In his first social encyclical Caritas in veritate (Love in Truth), Pope Benedict XVI makes clear that social issues cannot be disconnected from the defense of life from the moment of conception to its natural end, and that the defense of the right to life cannot be compromised when seeking common ground on other social issues.
Jul 7, 2009 - 05:01 am .- Today Pope Benedict XVI delivered his encyclical “Caritas in veritate,” drawing heavily on Pope Paul VI's vision of real human development, which insists upon progress in the moral and spiritual realms, in addition to the material. Paul VI's teaching on development, Benedict XVI wrote, is the “new Rerum Novarum of the present age.”
Jul 7, 2009 - 04:29 am .- The pro-life group Human Life International (HLI) has introduced a new series of online pamphlets titled Pro-Life Talking Points (PLTP) addressing claims about the necessity of abortion, the effect of welfare on the abortion rate, and the distorted claims surrounding abortion-related violence and the promotion of condom use.
Jul 7, 2009 - 02:49 am .- The Connecticut Attorney General has called upon the Office of State Ethics (OSE) to abandon action against the Diocese of Bridgeport, citing “profound and serious constitutional concerns” in its investigation into whether the Catholic Church in the state acted as a lobbyist in opposing radical legislation that would have forcibly reorganized the Church.
Jul 7, 2009 - 01:42 am .- Yenysel Diaz Sanchez, daughter of the Cuban prisoner of conscience Antonio Ramon Diaz Sanchez, has called for her father’s human rights to be respected and for an end to the physical and psychological abuse he is suffering, despite his poor health.