Dec 14, 2010 - 06:04 pm .- The Latin American director of the Population Research Institute, Carlos Polo, recently charged that the United Nations' donation of 20,000 “female condoms” given to Peru’s “family planning” programs are part of a “huge business” that involves more than $33 billion worldwide.
Dec 14, 2010 - 04:55 pm .- Speaking frankly about “the known al-Qaida antipathy to the Pope,” American embassy officials in 2008 asked the U.S. State Department to consider an effort to help Vatican security forces deal with terrorist threats.
Dec 14, 2010 - 03:55 pm .- Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez of Guadalajara, Mexico has called on drug cartels to respect the holiday season after a group of armed men interrupted an Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration and killed at least 10 people.
Dec 14, 2010 - 02:22 pm .- Under Vatican authorization, the head of the Legionaries of Christ announced that he is implementing new changes regarding their deceased founder, Fr. Marcial Maciel. The new norms include not celebrating his birthday, not selling his writings and removing his photos from group centers.
Dec 14, 2010 - 01:57 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI has expressed solidarity with the victims of the Dec. 5 landslide in the Colombian town of Bello.
Dec 14, 2010 - 05:52 am .- Leaked State Department cables are giving insight into the Vatican’s influential role on the world stage and the United States’ efforts to cooperate with the Holy See in advancing common interests.
Dec 14, 2010 - 03:03 am .- Concrete walls up to 10 feet high are being built around churches in Baghdad and Mosul to protect Christmas churchgoers from violence.
Dec 14, 2010 - 12:31 am .- During a symposium exploring Catholic statesmanship on Dec.4, likely 2012 presidential candidate Rick Santorum rejected President John F. Kennedy’s advocacy of an absolute separation of church and state.