Dec 19, 2008 - 09:01 pm .- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Thursday issued a final regulation explicitly clarifying the rights of health care providers to decline participation in services to which they object in conscience. The rule will help protect those individuals and institutions in the medical field who object to abortion.
Dec 19, 2008 - 05:04 pm .- Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the apostolic nuncio leading the Holy See’s permanent observer mission to the United Nations, has called for an end to unjust discrimination and criminal penalties directed against homosexual persons. However, he reiterated concerns that a U.N. proposal advocating legal protections for "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" is ill-defined and overbroad.
Dec 19, 2008 - 04:48 pm .- Today at the Vatican, Benedict XVI received the Letters of Credence of Graziano Luigi Triboldi, the new ambassador of the Seychelles Islands to the Holy See. He praised the country’s efforts to improve both its economy and education system to pave the success of future generations.
Dec 19, 2008 - 12:32 pm .- During the first few months of 2009, VirtueMedia.org will launch a second national crisis pregnancy ad campaign on MTV and BET. Its five-week trial run on the two network cable stations has already yielded nearly 22,000 requests for help from abortion-vulnerable women, resulting in saving the lives of 11,000 babies.
Dec 19, 2008 - 11:56 am .- Catholic church bells will toll throughout the Diocese of Wichita next month to mark the 36th anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the United States.
Dec 19, 2008 - 11:17 am .- Meeting with members of the Labor Office of the Apostolic See, Benedict XVI explained that by serving the universal Church with love, commitment, professionalism, dedication and responsibility, their work is transformed into a prayer.
Dec 19, 2008 - 06:12 am .- Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, OFM, speaking for the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, has called for relief for the humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe and has asked that Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe be isolated completely and deprived of support.
Dec 19, 2008 - 03:13 am .- Vietnam’s Redemptorist provincial superior is resisting calls from a Hanoi government official who is pushing for the Hanoi members of the Redemptorist order to be transfered out of the city. The priests have been critical of the trial of eight Catholic protesters recently found guilty by the city government.
Dec 19, 2008 - 01:46 am .- Pro-life leaders are seeking a meeting with President-elect Obama to “establish a foundation” for cooperation in building a culture of life which “honors equality and human rights and ends abortion.”