Jul 12, 2011 - 10:22 pm .- Bishop Richard G. Lennon of Cleveland has asked the Vatican to investigate his decision to shut down dozens of churches in his diocese after some local parishioners reacted strongly to the closures.
Jul 12, 2011 - 08:09 pm .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Chile encouraged the 4,000 young people planning to attend World Youth Day to be “the springtime of the Church” and “sentinels of the morning.”
Jul 12, 2011 - 06:04 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of Panama called on leaders to overcome the divorce between the needs of the people and the interests of the political class.
Jul 12, 2011 - 02:39 pm .- The Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization unveiled a new project today to re-evangelize some of Europe’s major cities.
Jul 12, 2011 - 01:48 pm .- The Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano has entered the moral discussion surrounding the controversial message of the Harry Potter films. The newspaper has offered a positive review of the saga’s last installment, which will open worldwide this weekend.
Jul 12, 2011 - 01:25 pm .- The ordination of another Chinese bishop without papal approval would be a “new step backwards” in relations between China and the Vatican, says Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, the secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
Jul 12, 2011 - 06:05 am .- New York state Senator Mark Grisanti ran as a Catholic Republican opponent of same-sex “marriage” in 2010. In June 2011, he became a key vote ensuring its passage, telling a local newspaper: “If I take the Catholic out of me, which is hard to do, then absolutely they should have these rights.”
Jul 12, 2011 - 03:24 am .- Catholic Charities of Illinois plans to challenge the Department of Children and Family Services' unexpected decision to end its foster care partnership with three local dioceses.
Jul 12, 2011 - 12:41 am .- Organizers are billing the August 17 “Night of Joy” as one of the biggest evening events of World Youth Day. It will feature a procession, Eucharistic adoration and opportunities for confession along with music, speakers and guest bishops, including Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Denver.