Archive of February 28, 2008

Politicians call for defunding Planned Parenthood after reports of pornography promotion

Feb 28, 2008 - 10:50 pm .- Following recent revelations that a Planned Parenthood youth site has been promoting pornography to teenagers, three House representatives have called for the termination of Planned Parenthood’s federal funding, Cybercast News Service reports.

UCLA student sting exposes racism at Planned Parenthood

Feb 28, 2008 - 08:07 pm .- The Advocate, a student magazine at UCLA, has released phone recordings of Planned Parenthood fundraising staffers approving of a donor who claimed he wanted his money to help "lower the number of black people."

Spanish bishop calls on young people to give up text messages for Lent

Feb 28, 2008 - 05:43 pm .- The Diocese of Girona in Spain, together with Caritas Girona, is calling on young people to “abstain” from sending text messages during Lent—which ends on March 20—as part of the Lenten campaign called “Disconnect to get connected.”

Bishop recounts how Chavez supporters occupied Archdiocese of Caracas chancery

Feb 28, 2008 - 04:20 pm .- In statements to the Catholic News Agency, Auxiliary Bishop Jesus Gonzalez de Zarate of Caracas recounted how a group of young people led by a well-known Chavez activist, occupied the archdiocesan chancery on Wednesday in order to get the attention of the media and demand that the TV station Globovision be shut down. 

Cardinal Bertone’s visit opened “more room” for the Church in Cuba, says spokesman

Feb 28, 2008 - 03:10 pm .- The executive secretary of the Bishops’ Conference of Cuba, Father Jose Feliz Perez, said the recently concluded visit by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone to Cuba has opened more room for the Church to carry out her mission.

Papal visit to Holy Land depends on situation Christians face in the region

Feb 28, 2008 - 02:08 pm .- The Apostolic Nuncio to the Holy Land, Archbishop Antonio Franco, reiterated his hope this week that Pope Benedict XVI would visit the region, but said the trip would only be possible if the difficulties being experienced by the Christian community are overcome and if progress is made on the Palestinian issue.

Arkansas Catholics asked to break ties with Komen foundation

Feb 28, 2008 - 01:07 pm .- Little Rock, Arkansas is the latest diocese asking its members to halt their support for the Susan G. Komen Foundation due to a portion of their proceeds being given to Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States.

End violence by material means and audacious evangelization, Pope tells Salvadorian bishops

Feb 28, 2008 - 11:47 am .- Upon completing their “ad limina” visit, five of El Salvador’s bishops met with Pope Benedict XVI in a midday audience on Thursday. The Pontiff told the prelates that combating their country’s scourge of violence must be done at the material level and at the spiritual level, through “ambitious and audacious” evangelization.

Cardinal Bertone confirms social Encyclical is in the making

Feb 28, 2008 - 11:03 am .- The Vatican's Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, confirmed today that Pope Benedict XVI is about to finish his Encyclical on social issues.

Plan to support international moratorium on abortion to be presented in Madrid

Feb 28, 2008 - 08:52 am .- On March 3 at the University of San Pablo in Madrid, the director of the Italian daily Il Folglio, Guliano Ferrara, will unveil a plan to achieve an international moratorium on abortion, similar to the moratorium on the death penalty reached at the United Nations at the beginning of the year.

Obama pledged to Planned Parenthood: “I will not yield” to pro-life concerns

Feb 28, 2008 - 06:15 am .- On Wednesday a full transcript of Democrat presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama’s July 2007 speech to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund in which he vigorously defended legalized abortion became available. 

Cardinal Pell’s home to host Pope for World Youth Day

Feb 28, 2008 - 04:08 am .- During his July Australian visit for World Youth Day 2008, Pope Benedict XVI will stay in the residence of Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, The Age reports.

Act of reparation to be held for profanation of Cathedral in Argentina

Feb 28, 2008 - 02:40 am .- This Friday a group of Catholics in Argentina will hold an act of reparation for the profanation of the Cathedral of Buenos Aires carried out by the Mothers of the May Square--an association of women whose sons and daughters went missing during the military dictatorship of 1976-1983—and a group of vandals.

Tickets for U.S. Papal Masses in high demand

Feb 28, 2008 - 01:50 am .- The two archdioceses hosting public papal Masses during Pope Benedict XVI’s upcoming U.S. visit have received more than 200,000 ticket requests from Catholics around the nation, USA Today reports.

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