Archive of January 19, 2006

Supreme Court affirms parents’ right to protect daughters from abortion health risks

Jan 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Supreme Court’s key decision yesterday in Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England overruled a lower court's attempt to nullify New Hampshire's parental notification law and introduced the possibility of limiting abortions.

Fr. Richard McBrien named in ‘apparent plagiarism’

Jan 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- University of Notre Dame officials have been alerted to a case of “apparent plagiarism” that involves one of its well-known staff members — Catholic author and former chairman of the university’s theology department Fr. Richard McBrien.

Plaintiffs withdraw suit against federal funding for church preservation

Jan 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Anonymous plaintiffs dropped their December 2004 lawsuit, which sought to stop the federal government from funding the preservation of California’s historic Spanish missions.

Schiavo's family to be honored at March for Life

Jan 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The annual March for Life will mark the 33rd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion. The Jan. 23 event will begin with an ecumenical prayer service in the Senate Caucus Room of the Russell Building at 8:30 a.m., led by Fr. Frank Pavone, director of Priests for Life.

European parliament to punish countries that do not approve homosexual “marriage”

Jan 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The EU Justice Affairs commissioner Franco Frattini announced this week at the EU Parliament in Strasburg that member states that do not eliminate all forms of discrimination against homosexuals, including the refusal to approve “marriage” and unions between same-sex couples, would be subject to sanctions and eventual expulsion from the EU.

Manifesto by Communist party against the Church divides leftists in Spain

Jan 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The secretary of the United Left political party in the northern Spanish city of Gijon, Guillermo Miranda, acknowledged this week his party was divided over a manifesto against the Church signed by hundreds of party members and published in a regional newspaper.

Former Holy See ambassador to Israel recognized for work in Holy Land

Jan 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Upon completing his mission in Israel, the outgoing Holy See ambassador to Israel, Archbishop Pietro Sambi, who is now the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, received an award from the Israeli Minister of Tourism, Abraham Hirshson, for his fruitful work in ecumenical dialogue in the Holy Land.

Pope Benedict: Christians must continually ask God for grace of unity

Jan 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As the Church continues its celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Pope Benedict today met with an ecumenical Christian delegation from Finland, to whom he stressed the importance of appreciating what already unites Christians, despite deep differences.

Preparing for new Papal Encyclical, Pontifical group to host congress on charity

Jan 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As Pope Benedict XVI prepares for the release of his first Encyclical letter, which will deal with the nature--and sometimes abuse--of the concept of love, the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, has announced an international congress on charity, which they hope, will piggyback on the Holy Father’s new work.

Celebrations for Fifth centenary of Swiss Guard to commence Sunday

Jan 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican announced today its final plans for the celebration of the fifth centenary of the Pontifical Swiss Guard, the world’s oldest standing military corps.

University students prepare to stand up for life

Jan 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On Monday, some 500 university students from Steubenville, Ohio, will board a line of charter busses bound for the nation’s capital, where they hope to bear witness to the sanctity of human life.

European Parliament urges member states to adopt legislation enacting homosexual marriage.

Jan 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A resolution adopted by the European Parliament in its Wednesday 18 sessionon homophobia in Europe is taking new steps in the legalization of homosexual unions throughout Europe.

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