Jun 2, 2010 - 09:52 pm .- Spain’s People's Party has challenged the constitutionality of the Socialist government’s new law on abortion slated to take effect on July 5.
Jun 2, 2010 - 08:55 pm .- Pope Benedict's 16th international journey will take him to Cyprus on Friday. It is hoped that his visit will bring a “wind of peace” to the nation.
Jun 2, 2010 - 07:01 pm .- Fulfilling a promise made in recent talks with the Catholic Church in Cuba, the Cuban government on Tuesday began moving political prisoners to jails closer to their homes.
Jun 2, 2010 - 06:07 pm .- The Legion of Christ in Mexico rejected a lawsuit brought before the country’s attorney general by a local congresswoman charging that the Archbishop of Mexico City and other noted officials were responsible for covering up the sexual abuse committed by Legion founder Fr. Marcial Maciel.
Jun 2, 2010 - 05:12 pm .- The Congregation for Clergy has revealed significant details about the upcoming International Meeting of Priests that will be held in Rome next week. A Wednesday statement from the Vatican dicastery announced that the 9,000 priests are scheduled to attend and that the Pope will proclaim St. Jean Vianney the Patron of all Priests at the closing Mass.
Jun 2, 2010 - 04:10 pm .- On Wednesday, Pope Benedict greeted participants of the Catholic Media Convention, which is meeting in New Orleans. Speaking in English to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the general audience, he told convention goers that to “touch hearts,” communications media must present witnesses of Christ’s grace to the people.
Jun 2, 2010 - 02:54 pm .- An Argentinean priest in Gaza, Father Jorge Hernandez, remarked this week that he fears the recent flotilla raid that left nine dead and several injured will provoke a wave of violence in the Palestinian territory.
Jun 2, 2010 - 02:19 pm .- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, addressing a May 6 Catholic conference on Capitol Hill, said she believes Catholics must pursue public policy in keeping with the values of “the Word made flesh” and must be prepared to answer to Jesus Christ for how their actions “measured up.”
Jun 2, 2010 - 11:31 am .- In reference to the recent violence near Gaza, Pope Benedict XVI urged local and international politicians to reach peaceful solutions in the region. Emphasizing the senselessness of violence, he asked for a commitment to achieving “harmony and serenity” in the area through dialogue.
Jun 2, 2010 - 10:58 am .- The Holy Father gave the first of what will be a series of catecheses on St. Thomas Aquinas during Wednesday’s general audience. He remembered the saint's life and commented on the "great grace" of theologians who can reach the people.
Jun 2, 2010 - 06:03 am .- Repeating Catholic teaching on the invalidity of attempts to ordain women, the Bishop of Davenport, Iowa has said a local woman’s intention to undergo ordination by a breakaway Catholic group damages the unity of the Church and has asked people not to participate in the ceremony.
Jun 2, 2010 - 03:02 am .- In a recent article for the Irish Medical Times, a doctor argued that although he may “vehemently disagree” with many of his Catholic colleagues on issues such as contraception, “they may be assured that I will passionately defend their fundamental right to practice medicine according to their conscience.”
Jun 2, 2010 - 12:44 am .- Outlining the Catholic cultural problems which he believes contributed to the failure to correct sexual abuse by clergy, Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn Mark Coleridge has written a Pentecost Letter about sexual abuse to the people of his archdiocese. He called for sensitivity to victims and a purification of the Church.