Jul 8, 2010 - 10:13 pm .- The secretary general of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Bishop Juan Vicente Cordoba, said this week the Catholic Church there is on stand-by awaiting the new administration of president-elect Juan Manuel Santos to take office in order to define the Church’s role in mediation with the Marxist rebel group FARC.
Jul 8, 2010 - 08:20 pm .- In a major reversal of their previous position, attorneys for the state of Washington have acknowledged the right of local pharmacies not to stock or dispense the emergency contraceptive pill Plan B.
Jul 8, 2010 - 06:01 pm .- After the Cuban government agreed to release 52 political prisoners earlier this week, the Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas abandoned his 140-day hunger strike.
Jul 8, 2010 - 03:53 pm .- More information regarding the soon-to-be-announced modifications to the Vatican's canonical guidelines for dealing with abusive priests and other sins came to the surface on Thursday. In addition to the previously leaked content, sins such as the attempted ordination of women and "crimes against the faith" will also be addressed by the pending Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) document.
Jul 8, 2010 - 02:49 pm .- The coordinator of the Christian Life Movement, Oswaldo Paya, thanked the Church yesterday for its efforts to achieve the release of political prisoners. He also expressed his hope that an end to unjust imprisonment in Cuba is near and that Cubans could finally live under democracy.
Jul 8, 2010 - 01:33 pm .- Speaking from Rome where he is attending a previously scheduled meeting, the Archbishop of Caracas, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, responded to the attacks by President Hugo Chavez against him and the bishops on July 5, saying the leader “has no right to insult, defame or slander any Venezuelan.”
Jul 8, 2010 - 12:42 pm .- Having arrived at Castel Gandolfo to begin his summer vacation, the Holy Father greeted those present from a window overlooking the square and thanked them for their friendship.
Jul 8, 2010 - 11:03 am .- Bishop Konrad Zdarsa was appointed to the Diocese of Augsburg, Germany on Thursday. He takes the place of Bishop Walter Mixa, who resigned from the post earlier this year under pressure after past misdeeds came to light.
Jul 8, 2010 - 05:51 am .- A recent letter from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has asked the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to investigate and take action against Catholic hospitals who refuse to provide abortions. However, critics have said that the letter misrepresents the Church's teaching in its claim that Catholic hospitals are violating their patients' right to health care.
Jul 8, 2010 - 03:31 am .- The Leadership Conference of Women Religious’ (LCWR) support for the U.S. health care bill passed in March was a topic in lengthy discussions between LCWR officials and Vatican leaders, who also discussed the doctrinal investigation of the group.
Jul 8, 2010 - 01:23 am .- The Archdiocese of Mexico City and its leader Cardinal Norberto Rivera have praised citizens for voting in the country's July 4 elections despite the threat of violence.