Aug 7, 2009 - 11:15 pm .- Nearly 1,500 people gathered this morning in Phoenix, Arizona to celebrate a Votive Mass of St. Juan Diego for the second day of the International Marian Congress. Bishop Thomas Olmsted, the principal celebrant of the Mass, spoke to the participants about the Mexican saint, stressing his deep humility in accepting the will of the Father.
Aug 7, 2009 - 08:53 pm .- Bishop Miguel Asurmendi of Vitoria, Spain said Thursday that new norms for schools issued by officials in the Basque region have led to a dramatic decrease in the number of students taking religion classes and that if steps aren’t taken, “classes on Catholic morality will disappear from public schools and Basque schools.”
Aug 7, 2009 - 06:16 pm .- Beginning on Monday, August 10, some 50 organizations will participate in the first public debate in the Mexican state of Queretaro on the prohibition of abortion, possibly resulting in a reform of the state constitution.
Aug 7, 2009 - 04:10 pm .- Researcher and physicist Dr. Aldofo Orozco told participants at the International Marian Congress on Our Lady of Guadalupe that there is no scientific explanation for the 478 years of high quality-preservation of the Tilma or for the miracles that have occurred to ensure its preservation.
Aug 7, 2009 - 03:15 pm .- CNA recently published a story about Gloria Strauss, a young girl whose struggle with cancer and her reliance on her Catholic faith during her illness, is leading people to the faith.
Aug 7, 2009 - 01:57 pm .- The secretary general of the Mexican Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Jose Leopoldo Gonzalez, said Thursday that the Church in Mexico has accepted the apology of police officials for conducting a raid during Mass at the parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in the Diocese of Apatzingan.
Aug 7, 2009 - 10:33 am .- The famous actor Eduardo Verastegui is inviting Catholics to attend the Guadalupe Festival on Saturday, August 8, at the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Arizona.
Aug 7, 2009 - 06:53 am .- At Wednesday’s awards session in Phoenix, a Massachusetts Knight’s council was awarded the Order’s 2009 Community Activities Award for their efforts in organizing a prom for 75 special needs students in and around the Pembroke, Massachusetts area.
Aug 7, 2009 - 04:49 am .- At a time when economic stress is moving state and local governments to reduce spending, the Michigan Catholic Conference has criticized state legislators’ budget balancing proposals which cut social programs. The Conference argues such cuts will hurt the most vulnerable Michigan residents.
Aug 7, 2009 - 02:38 am .- Following allegations that the Coalition for Life of Iowa’s approval as a tax exempt organization was being withheld by officials who wanted the group to refrain from protesting at a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic, the Internal Revenue Service has granted tax exempt status to the pro-life group.
Aug 7, 2009 - 12:24 am .- The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) has added 12 new universities to its campus outreach for the 2009-2010 school year, bringing its total number of campus missionary teams to 45.