Archive of March 25, 2008

Hagee denies anti-Catholicism accusations

Mar 25, 2008 - 10:36 pm .- An influential Texas pastor who endorsed Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain has denied allegations he is anti-Catholic.

British PMs allowed free vote on controversial embryo bill

Mar 25, 2008 - 08:17 pm .- British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has decided to allow a free vote on the “ethical” aspects of a controversial fertilization and embryology bill after some Catholic cabinet ministers said they were prepared to resign their positions rather than vote for the bill, the Guardian reports.

Venezuelan archbishop denounces Chavez’s new commune project

Mar 25, 2008 - 06:10 pm .- The vice president of the Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Roberto Luckert of Coro, criticized a proposal by President Hugo Chavez to create Soviet-like commune cities “when decent services haven’t been provided to the cities that already exist in Venezuela for more than 500 years”.

Archbishop rejects idea to allow homosexuals to adopt children in Uruguay

Mar 25, 2008 - 04:32 pm .- Archbishop Nicolas Cotugno of Montevideo voiced opposition this week to a proposed law put forth by the government of Uruguay that would allow homosexual couples to adopt children.

Benedict XVI to celebrate Mass on third anniversary of death of John Paul II

Mar 25, 2008 - 03:45 pm .- The Vatican’s Office of Liturgical Celebrations has announced that Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate a Mass in remembrance of Pope John Paul II on April 2, the third anniversary of his death.

The Church needs priests who live authentic obedience, says Peruvian bishop

Mar 25, 2008 - 03:02 pm .- Bishop Kay Schmalhausen of Ayaviri in southern Peru said this week that the Church needs priests who are willingly obedient and have an intense spiritual life.

Chilean bishop backs legitimacy of labor strikes

Mar 25, 2008 - 01:26 pm .- The president of the Chilean Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Alejandro Goic, said on Chilean TV this week that striking “is a legitimate right when there are no other options for reaching an appropriate solution to a conflict workers are having with their company.”

Battle over human life to intensify, says Spanish cardinal

Mar 25, 2008 - 11:21 am .- The Archbishop of Toledo, Spain, Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, said this week that while the struggle for the defense of life today is difficult, it will intensify in the coming years, “with norms or behaviors that favor abortion, euthanasia and research with embryos.”

Catholic radio station launches new channel with award winnings

Mar 25, 2008 - 10:55 am .- Radio Pacis, a Ugandan radio station, has received the opportunity to launch a second FM frequency thanks to the prize money it won at the BBC Africa Radio Awards in 2007. 

Ultrasound laws added in Ohio and South Dakota

Mar 25, 2008 - 09:23 am .- Ohio and South Dakota now join 11 other states with laws in place that require abortion clinics to offer pregnant mothers the chance to view an ultrasound of their child before they decide whether or not to abort.

Young Australians energized by World Youth Day preparations

Mar 25, 2008 - 06:43 am .- World Youth Day preparations in Australia have inspired Catholic young people to grow in their faith as they perform Passion plays and enact Stations of the Cross.

Knight of Columbus head writes guide for changing culture

Mar 25, 2008 - 03:09 am .- A new book by the head of the Knights of Columbus explores the themes the Pope is likely to address in his April visit to the United States and provides a practical guide for Catholics to change the culture for the good.

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