Aug 12, 2009 - 09:54 pm .- In a telegram sent to Archbishop Raul Vela Chiriboga of Quito, Pope Benedict XVI joined in Ecuador’s bicentennial celebrations and stressed that without God it is not possible to build the nation’s future.
Aug 12, 2009 - 07:22 pm .- Two Cuban prisoners who are members of the Christian Liberation Movement are facing “torture and systematic ruthless treatment” at a provincial prison after they declared a hunger strike to protest abuses by the State Security and prison guards.
Aug 12, 2009 - 06:28 pm .- While expressing support for some kind of health care reform, Cardinal Justin Rigali, the chair of the U.S. Bishops’ Secretariat on Pro-Life Activities, says the present reform proposal is “seriously deficient” because it bypasses restrictions on the federal funding of abortion and allows federal officials to make unlimited abortion a mandated benefit.
Aug 12, 2009 - 05:11 pm .- The president of Etica Bank in Italy, Fabio Salviato, said this week that the new encyclical by Pope Benedict XVI, “Caritas in Veritate,” is a guide for redefining the world economic system.
Aug 12, 2009 - 04:03 pm .- The Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, which was recently incorporated into the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has announced the publication of two DVDs to help “priests and the community” celebrate Mass according to the extraordinary form of the Latin Rite.
Aug 12, 2009 - 02:30 pm .- Unprecedented public indignation over the wave of attacks in Pakistan that have left eight Christians dead has led to the hope that changes in country’s laws will help protect minority groups.
Aug 12, 2009 - 11:51 am .- In keeping with a custom he created when he was a university professor, Pope Benedict XVI is gathering some of his former students for his annual "Ratzinger School Circle." The group will meet at Castel Gandolfo between August 27 and 30 to discuss issues of theological and cultural interest.
Aug 12, 2009 - 10:48 am .- During Wednesday’s general audience in Castel Gandolfo, Pope Benedict XVI spoke of there being a “nexus” between the Blessed Virgin Mary and the priesthood. Like St. John, he said, all priests “are called to accept her into their home.”
Aug 12, 2009 - 06:13 am .- Responding to some Americans’ displays of vocal opposition to health care legislation, a coalition of religious leaders has launched a national campaign for health care reform, characterizing the matter as a “fundamental religious issue.” However, the Catholic Medical Association severely criticizes the proposal.
Aug 12, 2009 - 03:29 am .- In preparation for Respect Life Sunday, the U.S. Catholic bishops have made available the 2009-2010 Respect Life Program to help address a variety of pro-life concerns.
Aug 12, 2009 - 12:52 am .- About 20,000 Phoenix-area Catholics came together on Saturday afternoon to celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe and pray the Rosary to her in a variety of languages.