Mar 26, 2008 - 09:11 pm .- The Arizona legislature on Tuesday passed two bills regulating abortion in the state and sent them to Gov. Janet Napolitano for her consideration.
Mar 26, 2008 - 07:21 pm .- The British government is considering whether to abolish the 300-year-old Act of Settlement that forbids Catholics from sitting on the British throne, the Scotsman reports.
Mar 26, 2008 - 05:47 pm .- Mexico’s National Institute of Statistics, Geography and Information Technology said this week that while most Mexicans remain Catholic, the fastest growing group in the country is atheists.
Mar 26, 2008 - 04:28 pm .- Bishop Pablo Jaime Galimberti di Vietri of Salto in Uruguay said this week that due to the “privatization” of the faith, many Uruguayan Catholics disregard the role of priests and embrace religious beliefs according to what is personally convenient for them.
Mar 26, 2008 - 03:39 pm .- A report by the Madrina Foundation in Spain has revealed that pregnancy is the main reason why 25% of women between the ages of 18 and 25 lose their jobs. The figure jumps to 50% when women ask to work fewer hours after returning from maternity leave or for time off to care for a sick child.
Mar 26, 2008 - 02:21 pm .- Lawmakers of Belgium’s coalition government have urged debate on a euthanasia law currently in Parliament that would allow “minors with incurable diseases and people who suffer from severe dementia” to “end their lives voluntarily if that is their wish.”
Mar 26, 2008 - 01:32 pm .- The official Vatican daily, L’Osservatore Romano, has rejected claims in some media reports that the Holy See has “emphasized” the baptism of Magdi Allam, the Muslim convert and associate director of the Italian daily Corriere Della Sera who entered the Church during the Easter Vigil Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI.
Mar 26, 2008 - 10:56 am .- On Easter Monday, the Pope simultaneously addressed pilgrims at Castelgandolfo and in St. Peter’s Square on the subject of the Easter exclamation “Hallelujah”.
Mar 26, 2008 - 09:36 am .- Over 30,000 people swelled St. Peter’s Square today to take part in the weekly general audience with Pope Benedict, who arrived by helicopter from his Castelgandolfo residence. The Holy Father’s dedicated his discourse to the period of Easter, and more specifically, to the fact that Jesus’ resurrection is “'certain proof' ... that what He says is true".
Mar 26, 2008 - 07:34 am .- On Tuesday the Knights of Columbus published the results of a survey they commissioned on American’s opinions about the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI and their hopes for the papal visit to the United States in April.
Mar 26, 2008 - 04:30 am .- President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda spoke about Christianity to Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in response to the latter’s claim that the Bible had been doctored, the Catholic Information Service for Africa reports.
Mar 26, 2008 - 01:24 am .- The oratory at Ave Maria University will be dedicated next week at a Mass celebrated by Bishop of Venice Frank Dewane, the Naples Daily News reports.