Archive of November 21, 2008

Planned Parenthood head lashes out at Cardinal O’Malley

Nov 21, 2008 - 10:19 pm .- Dianne Luby, the head of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts has responded to comments by Cardinal Sean O’Malley after the prelate criticized President-elect Obama and Planned Parenthood. Charging that his comments diminish his credibility, she argued that Catholics “overwhelmingly support” the “views and services” offered by Planned Parenthood and advocated by Obama.

Bishops of Nicaragua condemn violence and call for peace

Nov 21, 2008 - 09:12 pm .- At the conclusion of their Plenary Assembly, the bishops of Nicaragua issued a statement reiterating their concern and sorrow as pastors “over the violence in different parts of the country, which is reopening deep wounds that our people had overcome with much effort and good will.”

188 martyrs 'show the way for those who believe,' Japanese bishops say

Nov 21, 2008 - 06:20 pm .- In a press release this week the bishops of Japan pointed out that the 188 Japanese martyrs to be beatified “are not political militants, they did not fight against a regime that hindered religious freedom: they were men and women of profound and authentic faith, who show the way for those who believe. Their experience is an opportunity for reflection for us all.”

Work begins on new Nativity scene at the Vatican

Nov 21, 2008 - 03:31 pm .- This week the Vatican City government began work on the construction of a new Nativity scene that will be on display in St. Peter’s Square this Christmas.

Archbishop supports Uruguayan presidential veto of abortion law

Nov 21, 2008 - 02:59 pm .- Archbishop Nicolas Cotugno of Montevideo has expressed his unreserved support of President Tabare Vasquez’s historic veto of a bill that would have legalized abortion in the country.

List of papal celebrations through January 2009 published

Nov 21, 2008 - 11:37 am .- The Vatican’s Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff has announced the celebrations that will be led by the Holy Father between the end of November 2008 and January 2009.

Vatican continues initiatives to go green

Nov 21, 2008 - 11:18 am .- As a “concrete and tangible initiative” to promote the protection of the environment, the Vatican has replaced concrete panels on the roof of the Paul VI Hall with photo electric ones, which it will unveil next Wednesday. 

Catholic Church receives second visit from Armenian Apostolic Church this year

Nov 21, 2008 - 11:16 am .- Ecumenical relations between the Armenian Apostolic Church and the Catholic Church are continuing to progress as the Vatican announced today that a high-level leader from the Armenian Church will visit the Pope.

Philippines legislators propose alternative to reproductive health bill

Nov 21, 2008 - 06:34 am .- The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is assisting an effort to craft an alternative version of the country’s controversial proposed Reproductive Health bill, saying their preferred version will “promote authentic human development.”

First Life Prizes awarded to six pro-life individuals and groups

Nov 21, 2008 - 04:08 am .- The Gerard Health Foundation has announced the inaugural winners of its new Life Prizes award established to recognize six individuals or groups who have made “unsurpassed strides in preserving and upholding the sanctity of human life.”

S. Carolina councilwoman apologizes for describing Catholic beliefs as 'hate'

Nov 21, 2008 - 02:56 am .- A South Carolina county councilwoman has apologized for remarks she made at a land management committee discussion considering whether to allow a Catholic church to expand. She had said she would oppose the expansion because she sees “hate” in the Catholic Church, criticizing the Church’s pro-life position and its lack of female clergy...

State recognition of same-sex marriage could put religious freedom at risk, study finds

Nov 21, 2008 - 01:38 am .- As the legal status of California’s Proposition 8 remains uncertain, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has released a study examining the problems legal same-sex marriage poses for religious freedom.

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