Oct 2, 2009 - 09:32 pm .- A prominent dissident who has been involved with the Christian Liberation Movement's (CLM) Varela Project, was condemned to two years in prison after a summary trial by the Communist government on Thursday.
Oct 2, 2009 - 07:04 pm .- World Youth Day organizers in Spain announced yesterday that they are expecting some two million to attend the international youth event in 2011, a number “ten times greater than the Olympic Games.”
Oct 2, 2009 - 04:55 pm .- During his remarks at the opening of the Plenary Assembly of the Council of Episcopal Conferences of Europe, council president Cardinal Peter Erdö of Esztergom-Budapest called for a greater effort to foster vocations in Europe, which he said is need of more priests who will give people the sustenance that “God himself wishes to give to all.”
Oct 2, 2009 - 02:16 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of Spain issued a statement this week calling on the faithful to participate in the pro-life march scheduled for October 17 to protest against the Socialist government’s proposed reform of Spain’s abortion laws.
Oct 2, 2009 - 12:46 pm .- The government of Cyprus announced on Thursday that Pope Benedict XVI has accepted an invitation to visit the country made by President Demetris Christofias during an audience with the Holy Father at the Vatican on March 27.
Oct 2, 2009 - 10:59 am .- This morning at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI received the letters of accreditation from the new U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Dr. Miguel H. Diaz. The Pope took the time during their meeting to weigh-in on issues being considered in the American health care debate, namely, respect for all human life and the protection of health care workers' right to conscientious objection.
Oct 2, 2009 - 09:51 am .- In a letter sent to the U.S. Senate on September 30, Cardinal Justin Rigali, Bishop William Murphy and Bishop John Wester, chairs of the USCCB committees on Pro-Life Activities, Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Migration, respectively, raised their concerns on behalf of the U.S. episcopate over the issues of human life and dignity, coverage of legal immigrants and affordability in the current health care debate.
Oct 2, 2009 - 06:40 am .- Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia has written a letter for Respect Life Sunday which emphasizes the gift of human life, criticizing attitudes that demean the disabled and the unborn. Death is not a “solution” to the problems of life, he insists in the message.
Oct 2, 2009 - 03:29 am .- The Fall General Assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will take place November 16-19 in Baltimore. The assembly agenda includes votes on sections of the New Roman Missal, a pastoral letter on marriage, and reports on vocations and clerical sexual abuse of minors.
Oct 2, 2009 - 12:20 am .- Miguel H. Díaz, the U.S. Ambassador-designate to the Holy See, will present his letter of credentials from President Barack Obama to Pope Benedict XVI on Friday.