Jul 20, 2009 - 10:15 pm .- Israeli officials have halted the distribution of a booklet published by an American Orthodox Jewish Group and given to Israeli Defense Forces soldiers. The move follows reports of the booklet’s claims that the Pope identified with Hezbollah and that the Vatican took Hezbollah officials on a tour of the Auschwitz concentration camp.
Jul 20, 2009 - 08:44 pm .- The president of the Brazilian bishop’s Committee on Life and the Family, Archbishop Orlando Brandes of Londrina, said last week, “When a family passes on religious principles, the Gospel to their own children, it is fulfilling its mission as the domestic Church.”
Jul 20, 2009 - 07:02 pm .- The White House budget chief has said that he will not rule out whether a government-funded public health insurance proposal will allow taxpayer money to pay for abortions. Rather, the matter will be “part of the debate.”
Jul 20, 2009 - 06:25 pm .- During the presentation of Pope Benedict XVI’s new encyclical Caritas in Veritate to politicians, union leaders and other French officials, the Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Andre Vignt-Trois, said the letter is a “formidable message of hope” from the Holy Father to all humanity.
Jul 20, 2009 - 04:57 pm .- L’Osservatore Romano published a series of articles today commemorating the 40th anniversary of the first lunar landing on July 20, 1969, by Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins.
Jul 20, 2009 - 02:38 pm .- The bishops of the ecclesiastical province of Morelia in Mexico have called for an end to the violence that has plagued the region. They have also implored Mexicans in the area to participate in the Triduum of Prayer for peace July 23 to 25.
Jul 20, 2009 - 01:40 pm .- In remarks on the House floor last week, Congressman Chris Smith argued that President Obama purposely misled Pope Benedict XVI when he said that he “wants to reduce abortion” at their July 10 meeting.
Jul 20, 2009 - 12:11 pm .- The Italian technology firm Olivetti has given Pope Benedict XVI a top-of-the-line laptop computer to help him continue writing the second part of his book, “Jesus of Nazareth,” after he fractured his wrist last Friday while on vacation.
Jul 20, 2009 - 11:02 am .- This past Friday, Cardinal Jean Margeot, 93, passed away in Maritius, an island located east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. Upon learning of the cardinal's death, Pope Benedict sent a telegram to Bishop Maurice Piat of Port Louis, praising the cardinal's lifelong dedication to God and offering his prayers.