Jul 21, 2009 - 08:19 pm .- In a recent statement the secretary-general of the Bolivian Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Jesus Juarez, responded to claims by President Evo Morales that Catholics are divided. The Church is one, he said, while emphasizing that the hierarchy places itself “at the service of building the Kingdom of God.”
Jul 21, 2009 - 07:13 pm .- White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has said that President Barack Obama made the same comments to Pope Benedict XVI that he made to Planned Parenthood in 2007 concerning reductions in the numbers of abortions.
Jul 21, 2009 - 06:14 pm .- The prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, Cardinal Antonio Canizares, asserted on Monday that Spain’s laws, which “must protect the defenseless, are being used today to eliminate those who are weak, innocent and defenseless.”
Jul 21, 2009 - 05:06 pm .- In response to criticism in the Italian press of the small operation performed on Pope Benedict XVI to repair a fractured wrist, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the surgery was “the best and most reasonable solution possible and there is no reason to be concerned.”
Jul 21, 2009 - 03:56 pm .- The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America has clarified circumstances surrounding the distribution to Israeli soldiers of a booklet that claimed the Pope and Vatican support the anti-Semitic goals of Hezbollah. The Orthodox Union rescinded the endorsement of the booklet and rejected any connection to it.
Jul 21, 2009 - 02:46 pm .- In an article published by L’Osservatore Romano, the Italian politician, historian and journalist, Giuseppe Tamburrado, who led the Italian Socialist Party from 1966-1981, praised the new social encyclical by Pope Benedict XVI for addressing the real needs of humanity.
Jul 21, 2009 - 01:30 pm .- The spokesman for the Archdiocese of Mexico City, Father Hugo Valdemar, told reporters this week that three bishops in Michoacan have received death threats from drug trafficking gangs.
Jul 21, 2009 - 10:09 am .- Tour de France competitors entered the 16th stage today, winding through the Italian and Swiss Alps and bringing cyclists near the village where Pope Benedict is vacationing. Aware of the athletes’ presence, he sent them a message challenging them to let sports form their character, especially in the realm of “moral and educational values.”
Jul 21, 2009 - 08:33 am .- As President Obama urges Congress to pass health care reform legislation by August, a medical clinic in Madison, Wisconsin is offering a novel way to address medical needs by offering free care for the uninsured. Patients with insurance only pay a single yearly fee for their care at Our Lady of Hope Clinic.
Jul 21, 2009 - 06:15 am .- Though U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH)’s pro-life credibility has been described as ‘crumbled’ by a leading Democratic pro-life group, some supporters of “common ground” efforts to reduce abortion are still introducing him as a pro-life politician.
Jul 21, 2009 - 03:12 am .- On Monday morning Vietnamese police in the Diocese of Vinh brutally beat hundreds of Catholics who were erecting a cross and building an altar on the ground of a church that collapsed during the Vietnam War. Dozens of Catholics were arrested in the clash.
Jul 21, 2009 - 01:56 am .- A federal judge has thrown out another legal challenge to California’s Proposition 8, ruling that plaintiffs had no standing to dispute the constitutionality of the ballot measure which restored the definition of marriage to be between a man and a woman.