Apr 27, 2007 - 10:41 am .- In the Holy See Press Office at midday today, Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, presented the "Lineamenta" for the Twelfth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, due to be held from October 5 to 26, 2008 on the theme: "The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church."
Apr 27, 2007 - 10:38 am .- The Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA) in Britain has begun a study to decide whether or not to allow the creation of “hybrid embryos” consisting of genetic material from human beings and animals.
Apr 27, 2007 - 10:09 am .- The Connecticut state Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday that would require all hospitals — including the four Catholic facilities —to provide the Plan B emergency contraceptive to rape victims. The abortifacient drug is also known as the morning after pill.
Apr 27, 2007 - 10:05 am .- A leading pro-life activist in Nicaragua has denounced two UN officials for appearing before the country’s Supreme Court in order to argue in favor of the restoration of therapeutic abortion in the country, using false information that “has all the ingredients for confusing and deceiving.”
Apr 27, 2007 - 10:02 am .- In his weekly pastoral letter, Archbishop Agustin Garcia Gasco of Valencia warned that the “defense of human rights on our planet is being lethally undermined by relativism, by arbitrariness in the recognition of the human rights of the weakest and the unprotected.”
Apr 27, 2007 - 10:01 am .- Although the Legislative Assembly of Mexico City legalized abortion up to the director of the Mexican Institute of Social Security, Juan Molinar Horcasitas, denied that the system’s clinics and hospitals in the Mexican capital would authorize the abortion services.
Apr 27, 2007 - 09:58 am .- The president of the Committee on the Family of the Mexican Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Rodrigo Aguilar Martinez, warned that the new law legalizing abortion the Mexican capital now makes the womb, “which should be the safest place in life,” the “most dangerous place” for the unborn.
Apr 27, 2007 - 09:15 am .- A statewide poll, commissioned by the Michigan Catholic Conference, demonstrates that Michigan residents are overwhelmingly opposed to measures that would clone and destroy human embryos for research.
Apr 27, 2007 - 09:13 am .- In its ongoing effort to reduce the U.S. poverty rate to half by 2020, Catholic Charities USA took its Campaign to Reduce Poverty in America directly to Congress yesterday. According to the group, more than 37 million Americans live in poverty today.
Apr 27, 2007 - 09:08 am .- The Director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J., confirmed recent rumors that Pope Benedict XVI has accepted an invitation to visit United Nations headquarters in New York City. In a short press conference yesterday afternoon, Fr. Lombardi announced that “The Pope has accepted the invitation in general terms, and has expressed his willingness to visit the U.N. headquarters, although as yet there is no date or program for the trip.”
Apr 27, 2007 - 08:53 am .- Mexico City’s decision on Tuesday to legalize abortion on demand is “catastrophic," said Fr. Thomas Euteneuer, STL, president of Human Life International.