Archive of April 3, 2008

Christian values only thing holding Britain together, says Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor

Apr 3, 2008 - 11:00 pm .- Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Archbishop of Westminster and head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, on Monday said that “Judeo-Christian values” were the only thing holding British society together, the Guardian reports.

Ecuadoran representative leaves ruling party after harassment over position on abortion

Apr 3, 2008 - 08:09 pm .- Representative Rossana Queirolo of Ecuador has decided to leave the ruling party Acuerdo Pais after an intense campaign by party officials to get her to change her position on abortion and the family.

UCLA student paper exposes more racism at Planned Parenthood

Apr 3, 2008 - 06:35 pm .- The Advocate, a student newspaper at UCLA that ran an investigation about Planned Parenthood’s acceptance of racially-motivated donations, has released another video from its series of investigations into the organization’s fundraising practices.

Honduran lawmakers commit to defending life from moment of conception

Apr 3, 2008 - 03:28 pm .- The foundress of the Pro-Life Committee of Honduras, Gracia de Villeda, has praised lawmakers for who have thrown their support behind an initiative to defend human life from the moment of conception to natural death.

Colombian bishop dismisses “rumors” about Ingrid Betancourt

Apr 3, 2008 - 02:15 pm .- Bishop Guillermo Orozco Montoya of San Jose del Guaviare told the Efe news agency this week that reports that former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, who has been held hostage by the Marxist rebel group FARC for several years, was recently treated in a hospital in his region “are rumors.”

Cardinals Dziwicz, Schönborn and Ruini recall JP II's “witness of mercy"

Apr 3, 2008 - 01:48 pm .- Cardinals Dziwicz, Schönborn and Ruini recalled the intense witness of mercy given by John Paul II, on the commemoration of the third anniversary of his passing and during the inauguration of the first World Congress on Divine Mercy.

Red Cross refuses blood donations from homosexuals, Thai human rights group threatens lawsuit

Apr 3, 2008 - 12:54 pm .- The Commission for Human Rights of Thailand has threatened to sue the local Red Cross for discrimination, after the organization said it would not accept blood donations from homosexual males in order to protect against possibly spreading the AIDS virus.

Obama's "punished with a baby" comment sparks protests

Apr 3, 2008 - 10:48 am .- Christian leaders in the U.S. are demanding that Sen. Barack Obama apologize for comments he made referring to babies as a “punishment”.

Pope to celebrate founding of Sant’ Egidio, visit memorial for witnesses to the faith

Apr 3, 2008 - 10:12 am .- The Vatican announced today that Pope Benedict will pay a visit on April 7 to a memorial dedicated to witnesses of the faith of the 20th and 21st centuries. 

Council examines role of grandparents in Church and society

Apr 3, 2008 - 09:49 am .- More than 300 clergy and lay people are gathering Rome over the next two days to examine the indispensable role of grandparents in the Church and in families.

Italy doctors reignite “emergency contraception” conscience debate

Apr 3, 2008 - 07:03 am .- A long controversy in Italy about the “morning-after” pill revived on Wednesday after two women were reportedly denied prescriptions for the drug by pro-life doctors with conscientious objections to providing the drug, ANSA reports.

City awards library worker fired for reporting child pornography viewer

Apr 3, 2008 - 04:23 am .- The City Council in Lindsay, California has passed a unanimous resolution commending a library employee who was reportedly fired after defying her supervisor’s orders not to report to the police a library patron who was viewing child pornography, Cybercast News Service reports.

Abstinence and fidelity programs effective in preventing spread of AIDS, congressman says

Apr 3, 2008 - 01:40 am .- Representative Chris Smith, a New Jersey Republican, reported “compelling” evidence of the success of HIV/AIDS prevention programs that emphasize abstinence and fidelity before resorting to promoting condom use. 

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