Dec 21, 2007 - 01:34 pm .- Bishop Robert C. Morlino of the Diocese of Madison has urged opposition to a state bill that would mandate hospitals, including Catholic ones, to administer the morning after pill, “emergency contraception,” upon request to women who have been raped.In the newspaper for the Diocese of Madison, Bishop Morlino explained to readers that the bill did not protect the consciences of institutions or individuals who want to protect both women who have been raped and any babies possibly conceived in that rape.
Dec 21, 2007 - 12:06 pm .- Led by the Computer Network of the Church in Latin America (RIIAL), the new multimedia Catholic news website www.H2Onews.org has launched its service, providing text, video and audio in eight languages to internet users.
Dec 21, 2007 - 11:59 am .- During the Wednesday General Audience this week, Pope Benedict XVI blessed a Mexican nativity scene on display in the Paul VI Hall for an art show inaugurated that morning at the Vatican.
Dec 21, 2007 - 11:53 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has delayed the beatification process for Pope Pius XII to provide more time to study documents from World War II, Reuters reports.
Dec 21, 2007 - 11:44 am .- By a vote of 277-21, Spain’s House of Representatives rejected a motion presented this week by left-wing lawmakers that would have allowed greater access to abortion and made it a part of the national health care system.
Dec 21, 2007 - 11:32 am .- The theme and logo for Pope Benedict XVI’s April visit to the United States were revealed on Wednesday.
Dec 21, 2007 - 11:27 am .- Three prominent Nicaraguans have reacted to an Associated Press story that claimed that Nicaragua’s new strict anti-abortion law had cost women’s lives, calling the report “misleading and grossly inaccurate.”
Dec 21, 2007 - 11:18 am .- Cardinal George Pell has announced that Archdiocese of Sydney is awarding a $100,000 stem cell research grant to a team of researchers investigating the potential of adult stem cells.
Dec 21, 2007 - 11:04 am .- In his annual Christmas greeting, Pope Benedict spoke of his trip to Brazil in 2007 as he met with cardinals, archbishops and members of the Roman Curia. Among his highlights, were meeting the young people at “Fazenda da Esperanca” and his gathering with the Brazilian bishops.
Dec 21, 2007 - 09:58 am .- Every year the Pope holds a “Christmas party” of sorts with the various offices that help him run the Catholic Church around the world. This year, Pope Benedict took the opportunity to share his reflections on important events from the past year including how encountering Jesus and sharing His Gospel is the answer to the world’s problems.The Holy Father used his visit to Brazil where he opened the Fifth General Conference of the Bishops from Latin America and the Caribbean (CELAM), as a springboard for talking about how the Church should engage the modern world.
Dec 21, 2007 - 09:57 am .- Pope Benedict has appointed Fr. Raymundo Sabio to be the apostolic prefect of the Marshall Islands where he will serve 4,601 Catholics and seven priests.
Dec 21, 2007 - 09:45 am .- In response to the flooding in southeastern Minnesota in August 2007, the Diocese of Winona, Minnesota has been giving grants to those families hit hardest by the disaster.