Jul 6, 2010 - 10:12 pm .- The coordinator of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Paya, is demanding the Castro government not mislead the Cuban people about the reasons for which political prisoner Guillermo Farinas is on a hunger strike. The motive behind his strike, says Paya, is to demand respect for the human rights of all Cubans.
Jul 6, 2010 - 08:10 pm .- Despite suffering a legal setback, a group of 30 parents in the Philippines is pushing ahead in its appeal of the country's implementation of a United Nations-backed sex education program, which is aimed at children as young as nine years old.
Jul 6, 2010 - 06:04 pm .- Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata in Argentina has denounced the government for pressuring some senators, who had said they would vote against homosexual “marriage,” to skip debate on the measure or to abstain during the vote.
Jul 6, 2010 - 04:34 pm .- Organizers for World Youth Day (WYD) Madrid 2011 launched a campaign today to encourage Spanish youth to officially register for the event in order to raise funds so that young people from emerging countries can attend.
Jul 6, 2010 - 03:05 pm .- In an interview with the Globovision network, the secretary general of the Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela, Bishop Jesus Gonzalez de Zarate, strongly rejected the insults President Hugo Chavez made against Cardinal Jorge Urosa of Caracas, whom the president called a “neanderthal,” a “bum” and a “disgraceful bishop.”
Jul 6, 2010 - 02:18 pm .- The president of the organization Professionals for Ethics, Jaime Urcelay, has criticized Spain’s new law on abortion which has now taken effect, saying it legitimizes the death of the most innocent—the unborn—and forces ideological-driven sexual education on schools.
Jul 6, 2010 - 12:14 pm .- The Argentinean daily La Nacion featured a story this week on the Dutch soccer player Wesley Sneijder, who scored the winning goal against Brazil in the World Cup quarter finals last week. The article revealed his conversion and baptism, which took place shortly before he traveled to South Africa for the tournament.
Jul 6, 2010 - 10:29 am .- The Vatican announced on Tuesday that the Holy Father appointed a new auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. A native Californian, Bishop-elect Robert W. McElroy will assist Archbishop George Niederauer in serving the region's 437,000 Catholics.
Jul 6, 2010 - 06:08 am .- A federal appellate court has reinstated a whistleblower’s lawsuit against Planned Parenthood affiliates in California charging that the organizations overbilled the state and federal governments more than $180 million for birth control drugs. Supporters of the suit were “elated” by the unexpected favorable ruling.
Jul 6, 2010 - 02:41 am .- Germany's Passion Play at Oberamagau – an event which only takes place every 10 years – was recently lauded by New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan and Rabbi Gary Greenebaum as more balanced and less prone to what has been viewed as anti-Semitic stereotypes in the past.
Jul 6, 2010 - 12:23 am .- The world-famous statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janiero, Brazil has been re-inaugurated after four months of restoration work.