Jul 10, 2009 - 10:37 pm .- The new secretary general of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Bishop Juan Vicente Cordoba Villota, said the Church in that country has no plans to adopt an official position in favor or against the re-election of President Alvaro Uribe and that each bishop who decides to express an opinion does so on his own.
Jul 10, 2009 - 09:11 pm .- In response to the distribution of a comic which features explicit sex scenes to grade school students, the secretary general of Professionals for Ethics, Fabian Fernandez de Alarcon, warned that this type of content could be included next year in the course Education for the Citizenry, as socialist leaders “have stated that sexual education” is part of the course material.
Jul 10, 2009 - 08:06 pm .- The president of the Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Ubaldo Santana, warned this week against two controversial laws being debated by the National Assembly on “gender” equality and education.
Jul 10, 2009 - 06:08 pm .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Chile, Bishop Alejandro Goic, is calling a proposed new law on birth control being debated in the country’s House of Representatives, “a way to get around the obstacles put in place by the Supreme Court and by the Comptroller” against the distribution of the “morning-after pill.”
Jul 10, 2009 - 03:27 pm .- Correcting confusion generated by the recent statement of a Vatican official, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) issued a statement today confirming that so called “therapeutic” abortion “has not been and can never be” accepted as Catholic teaching.
Jul 10, 2009 - 02:36 pm .- The Somali Muslim extremist group Al Shabaab, which is linked to Al Qaeda, has decapitated seven people accused of being Christians and “spies” in the city of Baidoa, Somalia.
Jul 10, 2009 - 01:36 pm .- The Vatican has announced the topics discussed during U.S. President Barack Obama’s Friday afternoon audience with Pope Benedict XVI. The two leaders reportedly discussed the promotion of life, the peace process in the Middle East, the global economic crisis, and immigration.
Jul 10, 2009 - 01:33 pm .- A new poll commissioned by the Knights of Columbus supports other reports that say Americans are increasing becoming pro-life. About 49 percent of Americans now describe themselves as pro-life, while 60 percent think abortion should be legal only in a few circumstances or not at all.
Jul 10, 2009 - 11:37 am .- Pope Benedict XVI received President Barack Obama this afternoon in his private library, and after 36 minutes of private conversation, the pair emerged without providing any details about their topics of conversation. Nevertheless, the Holy See revealed that the Pope gave Obama an “unannounced gift”--a Vatican document on bioethics and the right to life.
Jul 10, 2009 - 09:08 am .- Mexico's new ambassador to the Vatican, Hector Federico Ling Altamirano, met with Pope Benedict on Friday morning to present his letters of credence and discuss the state of his country. The Holy Father spoke with Ling about the nature of religious freedom, and praised the end of the death penalty and efforts to protect the unborn.
Jul 10, 2009 - 09:04 am .- Michelle Obama, accompanied by her mother, two daughters and personal assistant, was given a Vatican tour this afternoon as her husband, President Barack Obama, prepares to meet with the Holy Father later in the afternoon.
Jul 10, 2009 - 05:39 am .- Testifying before the U.S. House Rules Committee in support of the bipartisan Smith-Stupak-Sensenbrenner-Jordan Amendment to restore the Mexico City Policy, Rep. Chris Smith said on Wednesday the proposal would reflect a pro-life trend and would prevent the U.S. from funding the “Trojan horses” of the abortion industry.
Jul 10, 2009 - 02:13 am .- The Legionaries of Christ has officially announced that the apostolic visitation of the troubled religious order will begin on July 15, as CNA previously reported.