Aug 5, 2009 - 07:21 pm .- The vice president of the Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela, Archbishop Baltazar Porras, warned this week that with the closing of 24 radio stations, President Hugo Chavez is “closing the democratic channels of the country,” but that even this could not cover up what is really happening in Venezuela.
Aug 5, 2009 - 05:48 pm .- While presenting the Knight’s annual report on Tuesday, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson insisted that health care reform measures must not “become a vehicle for taking lives through abortion and euthanasia.”
Aug 5, 2009 - 05:23 pm .- On the second day of the Knights of Columbus’ annual conference, Cardinal William Joseph Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, delivered a homily in which he spoke of Mary as a model for following God’s will and warned American Catholics that they too “will be pierced by that sword of opposition” if they are faithful to Christ.
Aug 5, 2009 - 04:35 pm .- With more than three million visits since its inception, the Vatican City State website, vaticanstate.va, recently celebrated its second anniversary on July 19.
Aug 5, 2009 - 01:57 pm .- The Peruvian affiliate of Catholics for a Free Choice will begin operations in the country with a conference by an ex-Dominican friar from Mexico, Julian Cruzalta, who left the order five years ago and has made a career out of giving speeches about “the urgency” of changing Catholic teachings on abortion.
Aug 5, 2009 - 12:23 pm .- Bishop of Youngstown, Ohio George Murry, SJ, has voiced his opposition to a bill sponsored by Ohio U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan which claims to reduce the need for abortions. Bishop Murray said the proposed bill mistakenly promotes contraception and is inferior to other proposals which would help pregnant women.
Aug 5, 2009 - 10:26 am .- In his first general audience at Castel Gandolfo this summer, Pope Benedict XVI reaffirmed the example of St. Jean Marie Vianney, who provides priests with an example of how to minister in a culture under the influence of moral relativism.
Aug 5, 2009 - 09:51 am .- At Tuesday’s opening session of the Knights of Columbus' annual convention, the Supreme Knight, Carl Anderson, presented his 2009 report on the organization, summarizing its service to the Church.
Aug 5, 2009 - 06:30 am .- Following complaints from a Wisconsin-based atheist group against a Virginia city that opens public meetings with prayer, the Alliance Defense Fund and the Family Foundation of Virginia have offered to provide pro bono legal assistance if the city adopts a prayer policy that is challenged in court.
Aug 5, 2009 - 04:06 am .- A leading Scottish psychologist has claimed that condom use is associated with poorer mental health, problems with stress and depression, saying his research shows the natural conjugal act can significantly boost the mental wellbeing of men and women.
Aug 5, 2009 - 02:17 am .- The head prison chaplain in Kenya has applauded President Mwai Kibaki’s decision to commute the death sentences of some 4,000 prisoners, punishing them with life imprisonment instead of death by hanging.
Aug 5, 2009 - 12:17 am .- A capacity crowd is expected to attend a celebration commemorating the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe to St. Juan Diego. The Guadalupe Festival, organized by the Knights of Columbus, will take place in Phoenix, and will include presentations, music and prayer.