Archive of September 17, 2008

Young people need hope and wisdom of the elderly, says Argentinean cardinal

Sep 17, 2008 - 10:58 pm .- During a Mass for the elderly at the archdiocesan cathedral, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires said old age should be “a blessing” for others and that senior citizens should respond to young people’s thirst for hope with “silence, counsel and above all blessing.”

Google agrees to allow religious pro-life ads following legal action

Sep 17, 2008 - 08:07 pm .- The internet search engine company Google has settled a lawsuit filed by the UK-based Christian Institute out of court after the company refused its draft advertisement concerning abortion law. The amicable settlement includes a policy change to permit religious groups to purchase Google advertisements for factual campaigns against abortion.

Ecuadoran bishops demand Correa respect opinion of bishops and priests

Sep 17, 2008 - 07:09 pm .- The adjunct Secretary General of the Bishops’ Conference of Ecuador, Father Nicolas Dousdebes, has sent a letter to President Rafael Correa asking him to respect the opinions of bishops and priests even though he may not agree with them.

Community of Madrid: government 'supports abortion on demand and euthanasia'

Sep 17, 2008 - 04:16 pm .- The vice president of the Community of Madrid, Ignacio Gonzalez, said this week that the country’s national government “is in favor of abortion on demand and euthanasia, even though it pretends to hide its position from Spaniards.” Gonzalez also accused President Jose Luis Zapatero of creating a false debate over the urgency of legal guarantees in an attempt “to hide what is behind certain court rulings.”

Archbishop Chaput asks politicians, what about comprehensive immigration reform?

Sep 17, 2008 - 03:23 pm .- What happened immigration reform as an issue in the 2008 presidential election? That’s exactly what Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver is asking in his weekly column in the Denver Catholic Register, as he calls for an end to raids by customs agents and pushes for comprehensive reform. 

Judge in Argentina rules rape victim does not have to undergo abortion

Sep 17, 2008 - 11:33 am .- After weeks of investigation, a family court judge in the Argentinean province of Mendoza blocked a request by a woman that her 12 year-old daughter, who became pregnant through rape, be forced to undergo an abortion.  The girl had expressed her desire to keep the baby and doctors testified an abortion would have carried serious medical and psychological risks.

Lourdes is a place to encounter God's healing love, Pope remarks

Sep 17, 2008 - 10:46 am .- As is traditional at the general audience following a papal visit, Pope Benedict XVI dedicated today's audience to commenting on his trip to France for the 150th anniversary of the Marian Apparitions in Lourdes. He asked his audience to praise the Lord, for "Mary, appearing to St. Bernadette, opened a privileged place to encounter the divine love which heals and saves."

Behind the anti-Christian violence in India

Sep 17, 2008 - 09:30 am .- When they came for Narmada Digal, she wasn’t there. She had fled, five children and mother-in-law in tow, to the safety of the jungles. So, they set about what she left behind. A framed picture of Jesus, a Bible in Oriya, utensils in the kitchen and some clothes. By the time Narmada tiptoed back, her home was gone. What was left was still hot from the ashes, and smoking. Narmada took a good look and pulled her sari over her head. She began to pray.

Evolutionary theory ‘not incompatible’ with Catholicism, Vatican official says

Sep 17, 2008 - 05:23 am .- The president of the Pontifical Council for Culture has said that evolutionary theory is “not incompatible” with the teachings of the Catholic Church, insisting that the theory of biological change over time was never condemned by the Church.

Abortion survivor Gianna Jessen asks Obama to protect the unborn in new ad

Sep 17, 2008 - 02:07 am .- Abortion survivor Gianna Jessen is featured in a new advertisement questioning Obama’s repeated opposition to legislation that would have protected infants who survive abortions. “If Barack Obama had his way, I wouldn’t be here,” she charges.

U.S. bishops praise proposed conscience protections for pro-life medical workers

Sep 17, 2008 - 12:19 am .- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, speaking in public comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has praised proposed regulations protecting the conscience rights of health care professionals and institutions. Charging that some organizations are showing “undisguised hostility” to the rights of conscience, the USCCB encouraged the government to proceed with the proposals.

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