Jul 2, 2010 - 08:19 pm .- The Italian government has expressed optimism about the outcome of an appeal against a European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruling barring the display of crucifixes in school classrooms. Officials said the crucifix is not a threat to “secularity” and is not used for indoctrination.
Jul 2, 2010 - 06:25 pm .- With 409 days remaining before the World Youth Day celebrations open in Madrid, the organizers of the event are reporting that over 600,000 pilgrims from countries outside Spain have pre-registered to take part in the week-long encounter with the Holy Father.
Jul 2, 2010 - 02:12 pm .- Though Christmas is still six months away, the organization ChurchAds.net has chosen the design for its Christmas ad campaign. The selected design, called "Ultrasound Jesus," depicts an ultrasound image of an unborn baby with a halo above his head and the caption, “He's on His way. Christmas starts with Christ.” The image quickly angered pro-abortion and atheists groups with its alleged pro-life sentiments.
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Jul 2, 2010 - 11:51 am .- Bishop of Belgium's Diocese of Tournai, Guy Harpigny, made a statement on Thursday expressing the regret of Belgian bishops at the way the search of the archbishop's offices was carried out last week. He hoped for further dialogue with authorities to search for possibilities to carry on the work of assisting victims while ensuring that their privacy is protected.
Jul 2, 2010 - 11:30 am .- Bishop Demetrio Fernández of Córdoba, Spain, recently remarked that he was surprised "at arriving in Andalucía," to discover the "little institutional support" from the government to help dioceses repair historic churches and construct new Church property.
Jul 2, 2010 - 10:04 am .- Recognizing the democratic election of the new president in Iraq, the Holy Father hoped on Friday that the change would bring increased stability, security and unity in the country. He encouraged all Iraqis, Christians and Muslims alike, to unite in their "shared suffering" to build "a just, moral and peaceable environment."
Jul 2, 2010 - 09:14 am .- The Holy Father will spend most of July at the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo. Although he will still be available for the Sunday Angelus, his schedule will be otherwise rather bare for the "period of rest."
Jul 2, 2010 - 08:43 am .- The Holy Father met on Friday with the Cardinal Archbishop of Madrid Antonio Maria Rouco Varela and sponsors working for the success of World Youth Day 2011. The Pope explained the importance of next August's encounter of youth during the audience after which WYD 2011's executive director briefed journalists on the planning process.
Jul 2, 2010 - 07:37 am .- Asked for comment on the position of U.S. bishops with regard to the Catholic Health Association's (CHA) support for President Obama's health care bill, Archbishop Thomas Wenski explained to CNA that although the bishops opposed the bill for its flaws, CHA most likely “had more to fear from the government than they had to fear from the bishops."
Jul 2, 2010 - 06:00 am .- On July 4, Pope Benedict XVI will make an Pastoral Visit to the town of Sulmona, Italy. During his visit, which the local region's president said will "in a moment" turn the area into the center of the Universal Church, he will visit Pope Celestine V's relics.
Jul 2, 2010 - 05:07 am .- Commenting on President Obama's speech on immigration reform Thursday morning, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops migration director told CNA that the address was a “good sign” that the president is concerned and involved with the issue.
Jul 2, 2010 - 03:00 am .- Commenting on the rise of attacks by extremist Muslim groups in Indonesia, a local priest told Fides news on Thursday that a government weakened by corruption is partly to blame for the unrest.
Jul 2, 2010 - 12:43 am .- A leading bishop in Iraq has that violence has decreased in the country, but advises continued vigilance. Neither terrorism nor fear have been defeated, he reported, urging the establishment of a strong and broadly supported government. “The Iraqi Church is alive,” he declared in an interview.