Mar 19, 2007 - 08:12 pm .- Sunday, on the day when the Church celebrated “Laetare” Sunday, Pope Benedict used his weekly Angelus address to remind the Church that the Eucharist is the font of Christian Joy. “Today the liturgy invites us to cheer up, because Easter, the day of Christ’s victory over sin and death, is drawing nearer,” the Holy Father said at midday, after returning from a Mass he had celebrated at Rome’s Casal del Marmo, Juvenile Prison.
Mar 19, 2007 - 12:52 pm .- The Minister of Education in Poland, together with the Polish League of Families, has proposed a new law to protect children in the country’s schools from “aggressive and obscene homosexual propaganda” that portrays the gay lifestyle as “normal and acceptable.”
Mar 19, 2007 - 12:43 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of Mexico has expressed its absolute rejection of a “program of extermination” that is currently being debated in Mexico City’s legislative assembly and that would allow abortion up to the fourteenth week of pregnancy. Proposed legislation would also open the door to allowing doctors to prescribe the abortion pill RU-486. The bishops are calling on lawmakers and all Mexicans to “reaffirm their commitment to life.” “Faced with this program of extermination, as pastors, but above all as human beings, we are obliged to raise our voice in support of the life of the most defenseless,” the bishops said in a statement signed by the president of the conference, Bishop Carlos Aguiar Retes, and by conference secretary Bishop Jose Leopoldo Gonzalez Gonzalez.
Mar 19, 2007 - 12:09 pm .- In his weekly pastoral letter, Archbishop Agustin Garcia-Gasco of Valencia warned this week against replacing morality in public life with political correctness.
Mar 19, 2007 - 11:02 am .- The Archbishop of Toledo, Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, said this week a government-sponsored pornographic and blasphemous catalogue that insults the Virgin Mary and Jesus is a “crime” that is helping to” undermine and destroy” Spain.
Mar 19, 2007 - 11:01 am .- A top Vatican official met with Taiwanese government officials last week and was a keynote speaker at a three-day conference on the pastoral care of migrants and itinerants in Taiwan.
Mar 19, 2007 - 08:58 am .- Christians should go beyond parades and honor St. Patrick by living according to his example, said Archbishop Sean Brady of Armagh and primate of Ireland.