Archive of March 29, 2007

“Dare to love your families,” Pope tells Roman youth prior to hearing confessions

Mar 29, 2007 - 05:45 pm .- In advance of the 22nd annual World Youth Day, which will be celebrated this Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI met with thousands of Roman youth on Thursday night, leading them in a penance service, and hearing some of their individual confessions.  The Holy Father encouraged the young people to encounter God’s love in the Sacrament and challenged them to then go forth, living a life of Christian love. The Holy Father welcomed the thousands of young people to a penance service in St. Peter’s Basilica, a liturgy he called, “a meeting around the Cross, a celebration of God’s mercy which in the Sacrament of Confession each of you can personally experience.”

Report shows natural family planning reduces abortion and sterility in Chinese women

Mar 29, 2007 - 11:45 am .- A study by the Billings Foundation has revealed that the use of natural family planning could be a better weapon in combating abortion and sterility among Chinese women.

Church in Mexico has right to speak out against abortion, government officials affirm

Mar 29, 2007 - 11:43 am .- In response to anti-clerical pressures from leftwing political parties to legalize abortion in Mexico City, the Secretariat for Internal Affairs in Mexico said the Catholic Church has every right to speak out in public on the issue of abortion.

European Parliament investigates Poland over law limiting homosexual propaganda

Mar 29, 2007 - 11:41 am .- The Committee on Civil Liberties of the European Parliament has ordered an investigation into a future law against homosexual propaganda in Poland, in order to determine if the norm will violate EU laws.

Martyred Spanish priest who died protecting seal of confession to be named “Blessed”

Mar 29, 2007 - 11:38 am .- The Holy See is moving ahead with the cause of beatification of Father Felipe Ciscar Puig, a Spanish priest who was martyred during the persecution of 1936 for protecting the seal of confession.

Mexican bishops say votes will not change the Church’s fundamental respect for human life

Mar 29, 2007 - 11:35 am .- Archbishop Jose Luis Chavez Botello of Antequera-Oaxaca said this week that even if voters approve of abortion, the Church will not accept the legalization of abortion, because “it is not a question of a majority of votes but rather of the principle of the right to life.”

French nun in John Paul’s beatification process identified

Mar 29, 2007 - 11:28 am .- The previously anonymous French nun, who may have received a miraculous cure from God by the prayers of Pope John Paul II, has been identified.  Wednesday an official at the Paris maternity hospital of Sainte-Felicite said - on condition of anonymity - that Sr. Marie-Simon-Pierre is the French nun who was allegedly cured from Parkinson’s disease after she and her community of sisters prayed for the intercession of the late Pope John Paul II. According to a report from The Associated Press, the nun is a member of the Congregation of Little Sisters of Catholic Motherhood, based in Aix-en-Provence in southeast France.

Philippine Cardinal calls for an end to political killings

Mar 29, 2007 - 08:50 am .- Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales, archbishop of Manila, has called for an end to all political killings in the Philippines, whether perpetrated by government troops or communist rebels.

Knights of Columbus still strong after 125 years

Mar 29, 2007 - 08:45 am .- One hundred and twenty-five years after its founding, the Knights of Columbus remains a viable Catholic organization, registering continuous growth over the last three decades.

Denver Archbishop, Catholic young adults take faith to downtown streets

Mar 29, 2007 - 08:37 am .- Young Catholics of Denver are joining with their Archbishop, Charles Chaput,in an effort to reach-out and evangelize the very heart of their city. “Takin’ it to the Streets” aims at engaging the community — both religious and secular — in extensive conversations about the Catholic Church and Her teachings.

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