Aug 4, 2010 - 10:04 pm .- This week Archbishop Braulio Rodriguez of Toledo, Spain accompanied 750 young people on a 13 mile leg of the Way of St. James, the pilgrimage route leading to Santiago de Compostela, where the apostle’s remains are buried.
Aug 4, 2010 - 06:59 pm .- Critics are denouncing Wednesday's ruling by a U.S. district judge who struck down the voter-approved Proposition 8, a measure that defined marriage as between one man and one woman in California. One pro-family group reacted saying the decision's impact could “be devastating to marriage and the democratic process.”
Aug 4, 2010 - 06:27 pm .- After U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker struck down California's Proposition 8 on Wednesday afternoon, Cardinal Francis George, president of the U.S. bishops' conference, and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, the chairman of the bishops' Committee for the Defense of Marriage, described the ruling as a "misuse of law."
Aug 4, 2010 - 05:56 pm .- The secretary of the Congregation for the Clergy, Archbishop Mauro Piacenza, wrote an article for today’s feast of St. John Marie Vianney, the Cure of Ars. The Vatican prelate highlighted the saint's untiring service to God and neighbor, calling him a true “revolutionary of love.”
Aug 4, 2010 - 05:39 pm .- A sculpture of Pope Benedict XVI will be erected in Santiago de Compostela, Spain by the time he visits the city this fall. The work is being promoted as a "public homage" to the Pontiff.
Aug 4, 2010 - 04:21 pm .- A California federal judge issued a ruling this afternoon striking down Proposition 8, which defined marriage as between man and one woman. The judge ruled that the measure violated the rights of same-sex couples.
Aug 4, 2010 - 03:01 pm .- Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson announced today that the Knights of Columbus will “come to the aid of every Haitian child who lost a limb in the January earthquake” that claimed nearly a quarter of a million lives.
Aug 4, 2010 - 02:23 pm .- After Wednesday's general audience, the Holy Father prayed for the victims of the recent natural disasters in different regions in Asia.
Aug 4, 2010 - 01:51 pm .- This week, Auxiliary Bishop Fernando Chomali of Santiago spoke up in defense of marriage and remarked that all laws must be founded in reason, according to the truth about man.
Aug 4, 2010 - 12:07 pm .- The Mexican Institute of Sexual Orientation (MISO) recently launched a campaign to inform the public of the negative consequences of adoption by same-sex couples. The initiative comes as the nation's Supreme Court is deciding whether or not to uphold a law allowing the practice in Mexico City.
Aug 4, 2010 - 11:16 am .- During Mass on Tuesday morning for the 128th Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus, Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, encouraged the members of the Catholic fraternity to be faithful followers of Christ.
Aug 4, 2010 - 10:19 am .- Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino, Archbishop of Havana, Cuba, announced at the Knights of Columbus' annual States Dinner that thanks to the mediation of the Catholic Conference of Cuban Bishops, fifty-two prisoners of conscience will be released within three to four months.
Aug 4, 2010 - 09:54 am .- The Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Carl A. Anderson opened the first session of the 128th Supreme Convention on Tuesday by re-consecrating his mission and responsibilities to Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Aug 4, 2010 - 06:12 am .- New substantive regulations on higher education could restrict the freedom of private colleges and universities and result in further “politicization,” a former U.S. Senator has said. An official with a Jesuit educational association similarly voiced concern about academic freedom, saying the new rules are “far-reaching and unnecessary.”
Aug 4, 2010 - 05:29 am .- Benedict XVI underscored the importance of the Eucharist on Wednesday as a "treasure whose value cannot be measured." Illustrating a young third century martyr's dedication to the Body of Christ, he exhorted the tens of thousands of altar servers present at the audience to also give their lives in service to the Lord.
Aug 4, 2010 - 02:52 am .- In honor of the 100th birthday of Bl. Mother Teresa, on Aug. 26 the Peace Bridge spanning the Niagara River will be illuminated with blue and white, the colors of the Missionaries of Charity. The lighting of the bridge, which connects Buffalo and Fort Erie, will be a “beautiful tribute” to the missionary, a local bishop said.
Aug 4, 2010 - 01:18 am .- The international Catholic charity Caritas is reporting that relief efforts for flood victims in Pakistan are being hampered by high waters, which are causing “massive” difficulties for aid efforts and making communities accessible only on foot.