Aug 26, 2009 - 10:34 pm .- Nine Boy Scouts and a Scout Master from Hawaii are traveling to the Vatican for the October 11 canonization of Bl. Damien de Veuster, the Belgian missionary who ministered to the Hawaiian leper colony at Molokai and died of leprosy there.
Aug 26, 2009 - 09:31 pm .- Bishop Alejandro Goic of Rancagua, Chile has called on Catholics in that country not to ignore political life, which when embraced correctly and in a spirit of service, “is a form of apostolate.”
Aug 26, 2009 - 07:56 pm .- The Catholic television network EWTN is planning to air a special Holy Hour in honor of the Year for Priests at 3 pm on the First Friday of each month.
Aug 26, 2009 - 07:19 pm .- Bishop Fabio Duque Jaramillo of Armenia, Colombia has condemned the recent act of profanation against the Eucharist which took place at the parish of Our Lady of the Assumption, saying, “When the rights of God are trampled with impunity, the rights of man are in danger.”
Aug 26, 2009 - 05:28 pm .- The well-known British Catholic editor Damian Thompson is throwing his weight behind Archbishop Charles Chaput's critique of The Tablet for insisting that the "U.S. bishops must back Obama" on his health care reforms.
Aug 26, 2009 - 03:30 pm .- The leader of the Christian Liberation Movement in Cuba, Oswaldo Paya, criticized the United Nations and the Organization of American States this week for responding with silence to the open letter he sent denouncing the torture that prisoners of conscience are being subjected to in Cuban jails.
Aug 26, 2009 - 01:01 pm .- Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) passed away last night at the age of 77 after a battle with brain cancer. Kennedy, a Catholic, will be remembered for his service to the poor, and dedication to education but also his opposition to pro-life issues.
Aug 26, 2009 - 11:09 am .- Wednesday's general audience was held at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, where Pope Benedict XVI spoke about the precious gift of Creation, emphasizing that humanity's treatment of the environment impacts “integral human development.”
Aug 26, 2009 - 07:06 am .- California Nurses for Ethical Standards has issued a statement on proposals for health care reform, stressing the need for conscience protections for institutional and individual health care providers and insurers, the exclusion of abortion from federal funding and non-discrimination in health care eligibility.
Aug 26, 2009 - 03:43 am .- Bishop of Knoxville Richard F. Stika expressed his gratitude for the prayers of the faithful and reiterated his trust in Jesus after being released from a Fort Lauderdale, Florida hospital on August 21. The bishop suffered a mild diabetes-related heart attack on Saturday, August 15.
Aug 26, 2009 - 01:31 am .- Hoping to encourage at least 100,000 non-practicing Catholics to return to church, the Diocese of Sacramento is preparing a “come home” advertising campaign for this December and January.
Aug 26, 2009 - 12:47 am .- The Irish bishops have announced that 36 new seminarians will begin their studies for the diocesan priesthood this year.