Jan 11, 2007 - 06:13 pm .- Pro-lifeand ethics groups across the United States are expressing theirdisapproval after the U.S. House of Representatives voted on Thursdayin favor of extending federal funding for embryonic stem-cellresearch. The newly elected Democratically controlled House’s vote isa move to lift the restrictions President George W. Bush had imposed onsuch research by veto in 2001.
Jan 11, 2007 - 03:01 pm .- In a statement entitled “Welcoming and Promoting Life,” the executive committee of the Bishops’ Conference of Chile is denouncing the moral bankruptcy of the new norms on the regulation of fertility created by the Ministry of Health.
Jan 11, 2007 - 03:00 pm .- While in Spain promoting his new movie “Rocky Balboa,” actor Sylvester Stallone said he has returned to the faith and decided to make that part of the message of the movie, which debuts this week in Europe. According to the Spanish daily “La Razon,” the star of the Rocky and Rambo movies has rediscovered God and is encouraging his fans to attend church to help free themselves of the pressure of today’s world and to strengthen their souls.
Jan 11, 2007 - 02:54 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI will not travel to Fatima in October 2007 for the celebrations of the 90th anniversary of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary to three shepherd children in Cova de Iria, Portugal.
Jan 11, 2007 - 02:52 pm .- The Federation of Organizations in the Defense of Life is organizing a “Great March for the Defense of Life” on Sunday, January 21st, in France. This year’s march will mark the third time it has been held in Paris.
Jan 11, 2007 - 02:27 pm .- It has become a must-have for Rome’s homeless. The Sant’Egidio Community published its latest guidebook for the city’s homeless, which includes a fold-out map and tips on where to eat, sleep, and wash up in the Italian capital. It also contains information on legal and medical assistance.
Jan 11, 2007 - 02:26 pm .- Bishops representing the North American and British episcopal conferences will travel to the Holy Land this week in an effort to better understand the pastoral challenges facing the Church and the region, and to encourage inter-religious dialogue.
Jan 11, 2007 - 02:24 pm .- A Catholic bishop is calling for prudence after a U.S. air strike on Monday and for the international community to assist Somalis in creating a policy that will help them restore peace in the country on their own terms.
Jan 11, 2007 - 02:21 pm .- The U.S. bishops urged the House of Representatives to reject a bill that would fund embryonic stem-cell research, which would require the destruction of human embryos.
Jan 11, 2007 - 02:16 pm .- This morning Pope Benedict XVI received civic leaders of the areas surrounding the Vatican City State for their traditional exchange of New Year greetings. The Holy Father told Piero Marrazzo, president of the Region of Lazio, Italy; Walter Veltroni, mayor of the City of Rome; and Enrico Gasbarra, president of the Province of Rome, along with their assistants, that there is an urgent need for national and regional government officials to enact policies to protect and serve the family.