May 21, 2010 - 10:01 pm .- The organization Professionals for Ethics in Spain has sent 23 new requests to the Catalonia regional government from students who want to be exempted from the school course Education for the Citizenry (EPC). According to the organization, some 1,200 requests have been filed in Catalonia.
May 21, 2010 - 08:00 pm .- Lourdes, France is this weekend's destination for thousands of military personnel and their families who will participate in the 2010 International Military Pilgrimage.Since 1958, the Shrine has seen soldiers from all over the world come in peace to venerate Mary.
May 21, 2010 - 07:04 pm .- When the U.S. bishops' conference announced on May 19 that it was withdrawing its membership in a civil rights coalition, it cited the group's backing of Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court and positions that do not reflect the values of the conference as reasons for leaving. According to the Catholic Advocate, those positions involve advocacy for abortion and same-sex "marriage."
May 21, 2010 - 06:10 pm .- The bishops of the province of Cordoba in Argentina have reiterated the Catholic Church’s rejection of changes to the law that would allow same-sex couples to marry and adopt children, saying such unions “lack the biological and anthropological elements proper to marriage and the family. The conjugal dimension and openness to the transmission of life is absent from them.”
May 21, 2010 - 02:07 pm .- Brazilian Congresswoman Fatima Pelaes shared her personal testimony on the floor of the Brazilian House of Representatives during a vote on a measure that would protect the unborn from abortion. She told lawmakers that her mother was a victim of rape and decided to let her live rather than kill her through abortion. “I was born after a rape, I cannot support abortion!” she exclaimed.
May 21, 2010 - 01:08 pm .- The Christian roots of Europe can “inspire a new humanism,” said the Holy Father on Thursday evening at the concert given as a gift to him by the Orthodox Church of Russia. Europe, he said, needs to "return its soul not only to believers, but to all peoples of the continent."
May 21, 2010 - 11:51 am .- Pope Benedict XVI addressed the role of the faithful in politics during an audience with members of the Pontifical Council for Laity on Friday. Not only are true Christian politicians needed for true societal and political change, he said, but a greater need exists for the laity to exercise their influence in the social and political realms.
May 21, 2010 - 10:30 am .- "The conversion of the world to Christ is not something we produce, but something given to us," the Holy Father told representatives of the Pontifical Mission Societies on Friday morning. Evangelization, he underscored, is reliant on the work of the Holy Spirit and needs missionaries "with their hands raised towards God."
May 21, 2010 - 06:12 am .- Catholic higher education in the U.S. needs more guidance because of “confusion” about Catholic identity, the outgoing president of Catholic University of America has commented. An official with the U.S. bishops’ conference says that a review of Catholic higher ed is upcoming and that many schools are trying to put their Catholicity into practice.
May 21, 2010 - 03:21 am .- Family Research Council released a new study on Thursday, detailing how women who grow up without their biological parents are more likely to engage in homosexual conduct as adults versus women who were raised with both a father and a mother.
May 21, 2010 - 01:00 am .- Bishop Francisco Ulloa of Cartago in Costa Rica expressed regret this week over the recent ruling by the Electoral Supreme Court, which censured him for reminding Catholics they could not support political policies that go against Christian principles, and said it would not silence the bishops in their mission to preach the faith.