Aug 4, 2009 - 09:40 pm .- France’s Minister of Labor, Xavier Darcos, said the new social encyclical by Pope Benedict XVI, “Caritas in Veritate,” has “come at an opportune moment, like a ray of light amidst the dark clouds” and makes the Church’s social teaching shine as a clear response to “ the cynical laws of unregulated economic advantage-taking and interdependence.”
Aug 4, 2009 - 09:03 pm .- The greetings of several heads of state were read at this afternoon’s opening meeting at the Knights of Columbus convention in Phoenix, including words of appreciation and encouragement from Pope Benedict and President Barack Obama.
Aug 4, 2009 - 07:42 pm .- Reports that an accountant and a priest at a Catholic parish in Connecticut were mistreated and threatened by the Diocese of Bridgeport are being rejected by the diocese as “inaccurate” and “untrue.”
Aug 4, 2009 - 05:11 pm .- The prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, Cardinal Claudio Hummes celebrated Mass in Ars, France today to mark the feast of St. Jean Marie Vianney. In his homily, he said that by celebrating the Year for Priests on the 150th anniversary of the saint’s death, Pope Benedict XVI hopes the spirit that pervades this jubilee year will be one of sanctification.
Aug 4, 2009 - 04:18 pm .- The Knights of Columbus is preparing to host a Congress on Our Lady of Guadalupe which not only will feature top experts on the miraculous image, but will also focus on its spiritual meaning for the world today.
Aug 4, 2009 - 03:45 pm .- Nearly 2,500 Knights and their families gathered in Phoenix’s JW Marriot Desert Ridge Resort to celebrate their annual convention’s opening Mass this morning, on the Feast of St. John Vianney. In his homily, principal celebrant Phoenix Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted called on the Knights not to fear the “demands of morality” as many of their peers do.
Aug 4, 2009 - 01:23 pm .- Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See’s Press Office, issued a statement today strongly denying reports in the Italian media that the Vatican is drafting new guidelines regarding the illegitimate children of priests.
Aug 4, 2009 - 10:46 am .- The president of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, encouraged doctors who defend life and oppose abortion to exercise their right to conscientious objection in response to the decision by health care officials to allow the sale of the abortion drug RU-486.
Aug 4, 2009 - 06:08 am .- Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols has warned about the “dehumanizing” effects of modern communication, saying e-mails, text messages and social network sites alone cannot build “a rounded community.”
Aug 4, 2009 - 04:42 am .- Catholic Charities USA has received a five-year, 100 million dollar federal contract to aid in disaster relief throughout the United States. The contract is the charity’s first ever federal contract.
Aug 4, 2009 - 03:07 am .- The Amsterdam offices of an organizer for the upcoming World Congress of Families were defaced with paint and vandalized with obscenities and anti-Christian slogans last Thursday, prompting the pro-family conference’s leaders to pledge they will not be intimidated by “radical opposition.”
Aug 4, 2009 - 01:27 am .- A Catholic bishop in Pakistan has responded to the anti-Christian attacks over the weekend, deeming them some of the worst attacks Christians have suffered in the country. He lamented the “half-hearted and ineffective” police response to threats against Christians.