Aug 21, 2009 - 07:41 pm .- The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) on Wednesday approved a new policy that no longer declares marriage as “the appropriate place” for sexual relations, but rather calls for “social trust” in associations that are “loving” and “committed.” One critic characterized the move as an embrace of moral relativism.
Aug 21, 2009 - 05:55 pm .- The British woman Fiorella Nash owes the release of her father from prison in Malta in the 1970s to Amnesty International. For Nash, supporting the organization over the years was a given, but recently she decided to suspend her support because of group's pro-abortion agenda.
Aug 21, 2009 - 03:32 pm .- The government of the Indian state of Orissa has decided to close its refugee camps, resulting in most of the resident returning to their towns. However, Aid to the Church in Need warns that Christians still cannot return to their homes over fears of a new outbreak of violence, one year after the violent attacks by Hindu fundamentalists in the region.
Aug 21, 2009 - 02:11 pm .- Archbishop Jose Luis Chavez Botello of Antequera-Oaxaca has called for the defense of the dignity of women who suffer from marginalization, the lack of opportunities and violence.
Aug 21, 2009 - 11:14 am .- After years in the making, the English translation of the new Roman Missal is nearing its completion and is now awaiting the final approval of the bishops and the Vatican. In an effort to begin educating the faithful and clergy on the new translation, the U.S. bishops have launched a website.
Aug 21, 2009 - 10:20 am .- The Holy See’s Press Office has issued a statement today announcing that the Pope Benedict XVI’s personal physician, Dr. Patrizio Polisca, has removed the cast from the Holy Father’s right wrist.
Aug 21, 2009 - 06:20 am .- A federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the National Institutes of Health (NIH) guidelines for public funding of human embryonic stem cell research was filed on Wednesday. The suit claims the regulations violate a federal law which bars the institute from funding research in which human embryos are destroyed.
Aug 21, 2009 - 03:03 am .- The apologetics apostolate Catholic Answers has now given responsibility for the distribution of its books, CDs and other materials to the publishing consortium Catholic Word.
Aug 21, 2009 - 01:02 am .- The 40 Days for Life campaign is preparing for the launch of its fall campaign in 209 cities in 45 U.S. states, five Canadian provinces and Denmark.