Archive of April 1, 2008

Sen. John McCain also courts Catholic vote

Apr 1, 2008 - 09:18 pm .- Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign is reaching out to Catholics in hopes of winning their votes for the November presidential election, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Magdi Christian Allam attributes conversion to Benedict XVI

Apr 1, 2008 - 07:04 pm .- In an interview with the Argnentinean daily La Nacion, Italian journalist Magdi Christian Allam, the Muslim convert baptized by Pope Benedict XVI during the Easter Vigil, said the Pope played a key role in his conversion despite the fact that prior to his baptism he had never met the Pontiff.

Church in Colombia calls for efforts to release all hostages

Apr 1, 2008 - 04:28 pm .- The secretary general of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Bishop Fabian Marulanda, praised efforts by the French government to secure the release of former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt but stressed that equal efforts should be made to ensure all the hostages held by the FARC are freed.

Humanity harmed by abortion, euthanasia, genetic manipulation and attacks on the family, says cardinal

Apr 1, 2008 - 04:16 pm .- The Archbishop of Toledo, Cardinal Antonio Canizares, warned during Mass on Monday that humanity today “is being stalked by new dangers that attack the beginning and the end of life,” such as abortion, genetic manipulation, euthanasia and the weakening of the family.

Vatican report moves Pope John Paul II closer to beatification

Apr 1, 2008 - 01:55 pm .- The postulator of Pope John Paul II’s cause of beatification has announced that the report documenting the heroic virtues of the Pope is nearly ready, according to a Monday announcement on the official website for the cause of the Pope’s beatification.

Pro-life group warns against attempt to legalize drugs in Argentina

Apr 1, 2008 - 01:45 pm .- Pro-Life Argentina has issued an alert against a plan to legalize drugs in the country to make their consumption “totally free for all those who want them.”

“Rapid divorce” results in broken families in Peru, warns archbishop

Apr 1, 2008 - 12:32 pm .- In a statement issued this week, the president of the Bishops’ Conference of Peru, Archbishop Miguel Cabrejos rejected the new “rapid divorce” law passed by Congress, saying it “does nothing to strengthen and fortify the family; on the contrary, it weakens it and results in its rupture or separation.”

Msgr. Michael Duca appointed as bishop for Diocese of Shreveport

Apr 1, 2008 - 10:10 am .- The Diocese of Shreveport, Louisiana, home to around 40,000 Catholics, received a new bishop today. Monsignor Michael Duca from the Diocese of Dallas will be the new shepherd of Shreveport, Archbishop Pietro Sambi the Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S. announced this morning. 

Pope Benedict’s prayer intentions for April published

Apr 1, 2008 - 09:27 am .- The Vatican’s press office released Pope Benedict XVI’s prayer intentions today for the month of April.

Scientist removed from screening of “Expelled” Intelligent Design documentary

Apr 1, 2008 - 07:35 am .- After being accused of sneaking into the presentation, a biologist and science writer was removed from a private, invitation-only screening of a movie that examined controversies over evolutionary research.

Archdiocese of Baltimore bicentennial to begin during Pope’s visit

Apr 1, 2008 - 03:29 am .- Beginning next month the Archdiocese of Baltimore will celebrate its bicentennial, with some events coinciding with Pope Benedict XVI’s first papal visit to the United States, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Social commentator calls on McCain to advocate traditional values

Apr 1, 2008 - 01:17 am .- Social commentator Star Parker has written an open letter to John McCain asking him to promote traditional values to combat crime and family breakdown.

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