Archive of June 13, 2008

Survey finds some Catholics looking for a political home

Jun 13, 2008 - 11:47 pm .- A new survey examining party affiliation and religious observance finds that Catholic support is about evenly split between the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates in the upcoming election. Due to this almost even division, non-Hispanic Catholics are considered to be “up for grabs” in the 2008 election.

Embryonic stem cell research 'absolutely unacceptable,' U.S. bishops say

Jun 13, 2008 - 07:16 pm .- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), gathered for its spring meeting in Orlando, on Friday issued its first formal statement addressing in detail embryonic stem cell research and the ethical controversies surrounding it. The nine-page statement said that harvesting embryonic stem cells is a “gravely immoral” act that involves the deliberate killing of innocent human beings.

English paper announces President Bush may be considering Catholicism

Jun 13, 2008 - 05:50 pm .- Today as President Bush and Pope Benedict XVI met at the Vatican, rumors swirled that Bush is considering converting to Catholicism at the end of his presidential term.

Brazilian Supreme Court to consider cases on abortion and gay unions

Jun 13, 2008 - 05:37 pm .- Brazil’s Supreme Court has agreed to hear cases in August on the legalization of abortion for babies with anencephaly and also, gay unions.

Forty-thousand Mexicans to march against legalization of abortion

Jun 13, 2008 - 02:32 pm .- Nearly 40,000 Mexicans will march on June 22 to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe to pray for the defense of the unborn and to express their opposition to the legalization of abortion in the Mexican capital.

Beatification may be soon for 250 Spanish martyrs

Jun 13, 2008 - 01:23 pm .- The AVAN news agency reported this week that the Holy See has given the green light to move ahead with the beatification of 250 martyrs from the Spanish Civil War of 1934-1939. The list of candidates includes a nine-month pregnant mother and a 15 year-old altar server.

Vatican approves statutes of the Neo-Catechumenal Way

Jun 13, 2008 - 10:39 am .- This morning, the President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, delivered the decree of approval and a final draft of the statues to initiators of the Neo-Catechumenal Way.

Relics of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati to be present at WYD

Jun 13, 2008 - 09:23 am .- Today the Vatican announced that the relics of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, a student and member of the Dominican Third Order, will be taken to Sydney, Australia, for World Youth Day next month.

President Bush ‘honored’ to meet Holy Father at the Vatican

Jun 13, 2008 - 08:58 am .- This morning at the Vatican, U.S. President, George W. Bush met with the Holy Father in the Tower of St. John, located in the Vatican Gardens.  The tower, which is not typically where the Pontiff receives heads of state, was restored by Pope John XXIII as a place he could work in peace, and is sometimes used as a residence for important guests.

Retreat promotes encountering Christ while caring for environment

Jun 13, 2008 - 07:01 am .- A new Catholic environmental organization that seeks to repair the relationship between people and nature is hosting a retreat to assist individuals in encountering God through creation.

Georgia case emblematic of coercive abortion practices, pro-lifers say

Jun 13, 2008 - 05:57 am .- A pro-life group has cited the recent case of a Georgia woman who pressured her teenage son’s girlfriend to have an abortion as further evidence of the coercion it says is often involved in legal abortions.

Australian docs perform successful ‘in utero’ operation

Jun 13, 2008 - 03:19 am .- Australian doctors have successfully performed the country’s earliest in-utero surgery by saving an unborn girl’s left foot from a blood constriction.

Discount for student contraceptives added to Iraq war funding bill

Jun 13, 2008 - 02:36 am .- An amendment that would indirectly fund Planned Parenthood and university health clinics that distribute contraceptives has been added by the Senate Appropriations Committee to a U.S. Senate bill meant to fund continued operations in the Iraq war.

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