Archive of February 25, 2008

Survey finds one-tenth of Americans used to be Catholic

Feb 25, 2008 - 08:26 pm .- The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life has released the results of a detailed new study of the religious affiliation of the American public.  The results reveal that the United States is on the verge of becoming a minority Protestant country, that one-third of Americans who were raised Catholic no longer identify themselves as such, and that the outflow of these Catholics is stabilized by Catholic immigrants.

Draft Kosovo constitution eliminates protection for unborn, marriage

Feb 25, 2008 - 07:11 pm .- A draft constitution for the breakaway Serbian province of Kosovo would remove all legal protection for unborn children and undermine marriage, the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute reports.

Oscar awards portrayed an America without hope, Vatican newspaper says

Feb 25, 2008 - 04:01 pm .- Commenting on the latest Oscars awards, the Vatican daily L' Osservatore Romano said in an opinion column that the most awarded movies portray the image of a hopeless America.

Cuba needs contemplative religious, says Vatican cardinal

Feb 25, 2008 - 03:18 pm .- During a Mass celebrated Friday at the Monastery of St. Teresa of the Discalced Carmelites in Havana, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone called on contemplative nuns to help bring about reconciliation in Cuba through their prayers, because as he said, “Cubans need God.”

Church in Mexico hopes for reversal of abortion law

Feb 25, 2008 - 02:33 pm .- Father Hugo Valdemar, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Mexico City, said this Sunday that in the wake of the death of a 15 year-old girl from a botched legal abortion, the law should be declared unsuitable by the court.

Cardinal Bertone calls on Cuban faithful to proclaim Jesus without fear

Feb 25, 2008 - 01:36 pm .- During an outdoor Mass and the inauguration of a monument to Pope John Paul II on Saturday in the city of Santa Clara, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone encouraged Cubans, especially young people, to bear witness to Jesus in society.

Christian dissident rejects election of Raul as successor of Fidel Castro

Feb 25, 2008 - 01:03 pm .- In an urgent press release, the leader of the Christian Liberation Movement (CLM), Oswaldo Paya Sardinas, rejected the election of Raul Castro, brother of Fidel Castro, as the new president of Cuba and insisted that “the people should decide about who should lead the country and not the Communist party.”

Free the truth from society’s lies and distortions, Benedict XVI tells the youth

Feb 25, 2008 - 11:46 am .- Benedict XVI met with families, teachers and young people in St. Peter’s Square on Friday and presented them with the letter he wrote on January 21 to the diocese and city of Rome concerning the importance of education. He told the young people listening to him that they must free the truth from “the many lies and distortions” of the culture with the help of their teachers and parents.

Pope reaffirms Church’s stance against euthanasia

Feb 25, 2008 - 11:01 am .- Pope Benedict received participants in an international congress entitled: "Close by the Incurable Sick Person and the Dying: Scientific and Ethical Aspects" today and reiterated that the Church is against all forms of euthanasia.

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