Jul 7, 2010 - 10:05 pm .- Seven foreign embassies in Peru have expressed support for protests organized by homosexual activists groups demanding the legalization of same-sex unions by claiming they are being discriminated against.
Jul 7, 2010 - 08:32 pm .- Celebrating the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood at a recent Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, said the mission of the priest is “to bring heaven down to earth, to bring about the communion of all men and women with God.”
Jul 7, 2010 - 06:12 pm .- In a brief statement released on July 6, the Christian Liberation Movement in Cuba, led by Oswaldo Paya, called for the release of all political prisoners in the country and expressed hope that the talks between the Church and the State would achieve this goal.
Jul 7, 2010 - 05:21 pm .- Following unprecedented dialogue between Cuban officials and the country's Catholic leaders, political authorities in Cuba announced today that they will release 52 political prisoners.
Jul 7, 2010 - 03:22 pm .- Responding to an article from Tuesday's edition of the Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws, the Belgian Bishops' Conference released a statement on Thursday explaining that the CDs found in their offices during the recent police raid were sent to the archdiocese by a “third party.” The bishops' spokesman added, “We need serenity and this kind of wild information is insane because it gives the impression of a very dramatic atmosphere with plots all around."
Jul 7, 2010 - 02:31 pm .- Updates to canon law on the gravest sins in the Church can be expected in the coming days, Vatican sources report. The modifications are expected to give "greater clarity" to the Vatican protocol for suspending and laicizing priests.
Jul 7, 2010 - 01:40 pm .- The Holy Father retired on Wednesday afternoon to his residence at Castel Gandolfo where he will be spending the greater part of the next few months. He asked for prayers as he retires for a time of rest, work, study and writing.
Jul 7, 2010 - 10:31 am .- Pope Benedict XVI continued on the theme of medieval theologians at Wednesday's general audience, as he taught about a Franciscan priest and teacher named Blessed John Duns Scotus. The Holy Father remembered his loyalty and devotion to Christ, the Church and the Successor of St. Peter, as well as his contributions to Christian thought.
Jul 7, 2010 - 06:13 am .- “Countless hours” of behind-the-scenes advocacy helped add significant restrictions on abortion funding to the Virginia budget, the director of the Virginia Catholic Conference (VCC) has explained. Recounting how years of work finally succeeded, he said the participation of involved Catholics made “the critical difference.”
Jul 7, 2010 - 03:06 am .- As part of a government probe into allegations of child abuse by priests, Cardinal Godfried Danneels was questioned for several hours by Belgian police on Tuesday. Reportedly in “a state of shock,” he is said to have difficulty believing that many people think he knew about sexual abuse and did nothing.
Jul 7, 2010 - 01:18 am .- As details for the upcoming Papal visit to the United Kingdom continue to be announced, Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster recently discussed some of the opportunities that will be available for the people of England to follow the Pope on his trip.