Archive of March 10, 2008

Catholic MPs resist prime minister in British embryo bill controversy

Mar 10, 2008 - 11:49 pm .- Catholic Labour Party MPs have refused an offer from the British ruling government to allow them to abstain from voting on a bill that would allow the creation of human-animal chimera embryos and would permit in-vitro fertilization treatments to single or homosexual women, The Telegraph reports.

Pro-life group launches Humanae Vitae Priests web site

Mar 10, 2008 - 09:47 pm .- Human Life International has launched a web site to help priests, deacons and seminarians teach and evangelize using Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae.

John McCain rallies Catholics as he prepares for general election

Mar 10, 2008 - 07:25 pm .- As John McCain looks towards the open waters of the general election he is trying to consolidate his support amongst what he sees as a key demographic—Catholics.

Handicapped call abortion for reasons of birth defects discrimination

Mar 10, 2008 - 06:12 pm .- The Spanish Committee of Representatives of Handicapped People has called a statute that allows for abortion of fetuses with birth defects “discriminatory” and “against human rights,” stressing that “one of the rights of the handicapped is the right to be born.”

Promotion of priestly vocations responsibility of entire community, say bishops

Mar 10, 2008 - 05:05 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of Spain reminded the Christian community last week that it needs to be committed to the promotion and formation of priestly vocations and said the decline in the number of priests should not be passively accepted as a “sign of the times.”

Grassroots support makes trip from Guam to World Youth Day possible

Mar 10, 2008 - 04:39 pm .- Some 350 young people from the island of Guam will travel to Australia to attend World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney, thanks to the efforts of local Catholics.  The young people have raised the money for their trip through cultural events, fairs, sporting events and donations from foreign organizations.

Benedictines of Santa Ottilien to open new house in Cuba

Mar 10, 2008 - 03:27 pm .- The abbot of the Congregation of the Benedictines of Saint Ottilien, Father Jeremias Schroder, said the religious order will open a new house in Cuba by the end of the year in response to a request from the Archbishop of Havana, Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino.

New cultural center in Germany to honor victims of Nazi euthanasia

Mar 10, 2008 - 02:14 pm .- The Germany state of Brandenburg has announced the creation of a cultural center to honor the handicapped that were killed by the Nazi government’s euthanasia program called “Operation T4.”

Mormon missionaries accused of beheading statue at Catholic shrine

Mar 10, 2008 - 12:46 pm .- Photos of three Mormon missionaries mocking the Catholic Church, which recently surfaced on the Internet, have upset Catholics and shocked Mormon leaders, reports the Denver Post.  The men have also been accused of breaking the head off of a statue of saint at the Shrine of the Mexican Martyrs in San Luis, Colorado.

Reaction from Letter to Chinese Church being examined by papal commission

Mar 10, 2008 - 10:59 am .- A commission formed by the Pope on the Church in China is meeting March 10-12 to examine the reaction from the Chinese Church to the recent letter he wrote to them and to analyze its implications for the daily life of their Church.  

Pope tells youth that man is called to an immortality beyond the limits of medicine

Mar 10, 2008 - 10:31 am .- The Holy Father told about 200 youth gathered for the 25th anniversary of the San Lorenzo Youth Centre on Sunday that while man always retains his dignity whether he is an embryo or in a coma, he is called beyond the limits of medicine to the immortality that only the infinite love of Christ can give.

Combat secularization with the exalted values of existence, says the Pope

Mar 10, 2008 - 10:24 am .- On March 8, Pope Benedict XVI told a conference organized to address the increasingly secularized state of the world, that he thinks believers are being conditioned by a “culture of images which imposes contradictory models and impulses” and that these images replace the need for God.

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