Archive of May 2, 2007

New Zealand bishops demand balance in polarized ‘spanking’ debate

May 2, 2007 - 12:48 pm .- The Catholic bishops of New Zealand are calling on government to support and help parents make the best possible decisions for the upbringing of their children.

Family, vocations, catechesis, main themes at upcoming CELAM conference

May 2, 2007 - 12:34 pm .- Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez, the former prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, said this week the upcoming 5th General Conference of the Latin American Bishops’ Council will be addressing some of the main challenges facing the region, including the family and the attacks against it, priestly vocations and the need for renewed catechesis.

Pro-life group urges Amnesty International to protect life of unborn

May 2, 2007 - 12:31 pm .- Women for Life International is urging Amnesty International not to adopt a policy that would recognize access to abortion as a human right.

Pro-family group decries new attempt to legalize same-sex unions in Washington State

May 2, 2007 - 12:28 pm .- The Alliance for Marriage has urged citizens of Washington state to send an urgent request to their state legislators asking them to organize, support and defend the common sense definition of marriage in the state.

Pope Benedict calls Christians to imitate Virgin Mary, be guided by God’s signs

May 2, 2007 - 12:26 pm .- As the month traditionally set aside for devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary begins, the Vatican has announced that Pope Benedict XVI’s general prayer intention for the month of May will center on imitation of the woman whom the Church considers the “first Christian.”

New bishop installed for Dallas

May 2, 2007 - 12:20 pm .- A new bishop was installed for the Diocese of Dallas yesterday afternoon. Bishop Kevin Farrell succeeds the long-serving Bishop Charles Grahmann, who turned 75.

“We are an army opposed to abortion,” says president of El Salvador

May 2, 2007 - 11:55 am .- The president of El Salvador, Elias Antonio Saca, said this week, “In El Salvador, we are an army of defenders of our Christian faith, we are an army opposed to abortion,” in commenting on the recent approval of a law that legalizes abortion in Mexico City.

Pope Benedict: there can be no true theology of Christ without first falling in love with him

May 2, 2007 - 11:52 am .- In his weekly general audience, held this morning in a rainy St. Peter’s Square, Pope Benedict XVI recalled the words of  Origen, one of the earliest Fathers of the Church, who reflected that true study of scripture and of Christ himself must begin with an enamoring with him.

Converted Mexican author denounces abortion “holocaust”

May 2, 2007 - 11:48 am .- Eduardo Verastegui, one of the most successful Mexican actors in Hollywood today, has become one of the strongest voices against the legalization of abortion in Mexico City. He rediscovered the faith of his parents in the most unlikely place on the planet and he has no fear of public rejection for his denouncing of the holocaust of abortion. Verastegui has revealed his pro-life convictions to various Mexican media outlets and he has created an organization in California to help those in need, especially women who are seeking abortions.

True justice, development must spring from recognition of human dignity, says Pope

May 2, 2007 - 10:30 am .- In a message addressed to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, which just completed its 13th plenary assembly in Rome, Pope Benedict XVI stressed that full justice can only come about in the world if human beings, “male and female”, are recognized for their true human dignity. The Holy Father’s letter was addressed to Mary Ann Glendon, president of the Pontifical Academy, whose recent assembly carried the theme; "Charity and Justice in the Relations among Peoples and Nations."

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