Apr 11, 2007 - 11:26 am .- The President of Human Life International (HLI) has responded to Tuesday's press reports that Portugal's President Anibal Cavaco Silva has signed into law a new measure legalizing abortion for any reason, up to the tenth week of pregnancy.
Apr 11, 2007 - 11:08 am .- The Catholic magazine Vitral announced on Tuesday that it would fold due to a lack of resources.
Apr 11, 2007 - 11:04 am .- The director of the Institute for Youth in Mexico City, Javier Hidalgo, announced this week he would support a move to allow minors to obtain abortions without parental consent.
Apr 11, 2007 - 11:02 am .- Brazil’s Health Minister, Jose Gomes Temporao, announced publicly this week that he supports efforts to legalize abortion in the country, even though 65% of Brazilians oppose such an idea.
Apr 11, 2007 - 11:01 am .- The Diocese of Tours said this week the supposed remains of St. Joan of Arc, preserved in Chinon (France) are in reality mummified Egyptian remains from the 3rd century and “were never considered relics by the Church.”
Apr 11, 2007 - 10:30 am .- The Archdiocese of Boston announced yesterday that the results of a full and independent audit of the archdiocese regarding its compliance with the provisions of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People are now available.
Apr 11, 2007 - 10:28 am .- More than 50,000 people crowded into St. Peter’s Square this Easter Wednesday to attend today's general audience. The Pope, who arrived by helicopter from his residence in Castelgandolfo, dedicated his catechesis to the Easter Octave. After reiterating his best wishes for Easter to the faithful, Benedict XVI spoke of Jesus' various appearances following His resurrection. "Also for us," he said, "they represent an invitation to enter more deeply into the Easter message ... and to follow the spiritual itinerary of the people who met Christ and recognized Him in those first days."
Apr 11, 2007 - 09:28 am .- The National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) is urging the U.S. Senate to reject bill S.5, which would provide taxpayer money to support embryonic stem-cell research, a technique that requires the destruction of human embryos. The Senate began considering the bill this week.
Apr 11, 2007 - 08:40 am .- The Italian bishops' daily newspaper, Avvenire, sharply criticized the recent wave of anti-Church graffiti in Genoa, including death threats against Pope Benedict XVI and Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa, who heads the Italian bishops' conference.