Oct 21, 2008 - 09:21 pm .- Despite opposition from the Archdiocese of Sao Paulo, a group of Brazilian priests who call themselves the “Catholics’ Forum for Justice” distributed thousands of pamphlets last weekend supporting Marta Suplicy, an abortion rights and homosexual marriage supporter who is running for mayor of Sao Paolo.
Oct 21, 2008 - 08:54 pm .- President Bill Clinton's former chief of staff, Leon Panetta, is scheduled to be honored by the Jesuit-run Santa Clara University, despite his strong pro-choice voting record. An alumnus of the university and member of the board, Panetta also co-sponsored the federal Freedom of Choice Act and later defended Clinton’s veto of a bill banning partial birth abortion.
Oct 21, 2008 - 05:18 pm .- Around 50,000 Catholics in Virginia now have the opportunity to fill their prescriptions at a pro-life pharmacy. At the blessing ceremony for the DMC Pharmacy in Chantilly on Tuesday, Bishop Paul Loverde praised the pharmacy for allowing families to “shop in an environment where their faith is not compromised.”
Oct 21, 2008 - 04:04 pm .- During protests by both supporters and opponents of the abortion ship operated by the Dutch group “Women on Waves,” which docked last week in Valencia, Spain, feminist organizations openly called for church burnings and handed out matches to their followers.
Oct 21, 2008 - 12:29 pm .- A photo of Senator John McCain in front of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe has drawn mixed reviews from Hispanic voters around the country. Some claim it shows his attempt to reach out to Hispanics, while others contend that politics and religion should always be separate.
Oct 21, 2008 - 10:53 am .- The recent birth of Javier Mariscal, the first “medicinal baby” to be born in Spain since a new law on assisted reproduction was passed by the Socialist government in June of 2006, has led the Bishops’ Conference of Spain to issue a statement warning that the healing of the infirm should not come at the cost of the lives of other human begins.
Oct 21, 2008 - 09:42 am .- The prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, has called the parents of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, now Blesseds Luis Martin and Zelie Guerin, “two witnesses of conjugal love” who raised their children firmly in the Christian faith, thus becoming an example for Christian spouses.
Oct 21, 2008 - 04:45 am .- In an effort to spread information about candidates running for office this November, a group of lay Catholics has formed the Solidarity Institute and the Know your FaithKnow Your Vote Campaign.
Oct 21, 2008 - 02:38 am .- Describing the American policy on immigration as “inconsistent, ineffective and, in many cases, inhumane,” Bishop Thomas Wenski wrote in the Washington Post that the current “enforcement-only” policy does not “address the challenges presented by illegal immigration.”
Oct 21, 2008 - 12:58 am .- The Ecuadoran daily El Universo reported last week that the president of the Ecuadoran Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Antonio Arregui Yarza, denounced the anti-clericalism of the government of President Rafael Correa during his speech before the Pope at the conclusion of the ad limina visit by the country's bishops.