Nov 19, 2008 - 11:50 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of the Dominican Republic warned this week that the passage of a law on religious associations would generate serious problems, including the celebration of marriages by unqualified ministers and the creation of “make-your-own churches.”
Nov 19, 2008 - 09:21 pm .- Proposed federal rules prohibiting recipients of federal money from discriminating against pro-life medical professionals and other conscientious objectors continue to attract opposition. However, an official with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops argues that the rules are necessary to enforce existing rights and to prevent conscience-burdening practices from dominating medicine.
Nov 19, 2008 - 08:05 pm .- Dozens of prestigious doctors, lawyers, politicians, historians and other experts in Spain have signed a manifesto in defense of human life from conception to natural death and rejected the “very grave process of depreciation” of this right in the country.
Nov 19, 2008 - 07:14 pm .- The third Vice President of the Peruvian Congress, Fabiola Morales, congratulated Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez this week for his veto of a law legalizing abortion in Uruguay and described it as a true pro-life lesson for the politicians of Latin America.
Nov 19, 2008 - 06:30 pm .- Tom Daschle has accepted the position of Secretary of Health and Human Services from president-elect Barack Obama. Daschle's record of supporting anti-life initiatives is extensive enough that his bishop previously asked him to stop calling himself a Catholic.
Nov 19, 2008 - 04:49 pm .- The president emeritus of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Bishop Elio Sgreccia, criticized the practice of embryo selection this week and called it a “legitimization of an abuse,” similar to euthanasia, and said the Church would continue to use “all peaceful means” to “educate society” to keep politicians from assuming the right to decide on matters of life and death.
Nov 19, 2008 - 01:07 pm .- Sister Presentacion Lopez Vivar, a Spanish missionary who was wounded on October 28 during an armed confrontation in Rutshuro, Congo, said this week she is “not afraid” and is “willing to return to the African country to serve the needs of its people.”
Nov 19, 2008 - 12:11 pm .- To kick off the new Liturgical Year beginning on November 30, Catholic News Agency is pleased to announce the addition of a new column, “Road to Emmaus.” The column, written by Brian Pizzalato, will assist in helping readers come to a deeper understanding of the Sunday readings.
Nov 19, 2008 - 11:10 am .- On Wednesday morning, Pope Benedict XVI continued his weekly teachings on St. Paul while speaking to the thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square. The Pontiff further explained the apostle's teaching that believers are justified by faith in Christ and by the acts that flow out of love for him.
Nov 19, 2008 - 06:25 am .- A group of Catholics has addressed an open letter to President-elect Barack Obama, professing an eagerness to cooperate with his administration while pleading that he reconsider his support for the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA).
Nov 19, 2008 - 04:07 am .- A Christian bishop in Iraq has received a threatening letter from an Islamic extremist group belonging to Al Qaeda which orders Christians to leave the country “immediately and permanently.”
Nov 19, 2008 - 02:13 am .- Following recent financial problems and bankruptcy, TAN Books, a leading publisher of traditional Catholic books, has been acquired by the North Carolina-based Saint Benedict Press.