Archive of February 9, 2009

Spanish cardinal urges defense of 'three natural rights'

Feb 9, 2009 - 11:38 pm .- The Apostolic Administrator of Valencia in Spain, Cardinal Agustin Garcia-Gasco, has issued a strong call to Catholics to defend life, marriage and the family, as well as religious freedom and freedom of conscience.

British foster mother disqualified after Muslim girl’s conversion to Christianity

Feb 9, 2009 - 09:45 pm .- A British woman who has fostered more than 80 children over ten years has been disqualified from service as a caregiver after a teenage Muslim girl in her charge converted to Christianity.

Carlos Paya criticizes Spanish left for supporting dictatorship in Cuba

Feb 9, 2009 - 09:37 pm .- Carlos Paya, the representative in Spain for Cuban dissident group the Christian Liberation Movement, is criticizing the left in that country for supporting the Castro dictatorship in Cuba, despite the knowledge that human rights are violated on the island.

George Weigel suggests papal investigator for Legionaries

Feb 9, 2009 - 07:09 pm .- Catholic intellectual George Weigel is suggesting in an article published on the website of First Things that the solution to the crisis in the Legionaries of Christ is for the Pope to appoint a papal legate to investigate the corporate culture that allowed its founder to lead a double life.

Pope encourages Brazil to defend life at all stages

Feb 9, 2009 - 06:18 pm .- Upon receiving the credentials of the new ambassador from Brazil to the Holy See this morning, Pope Benedict stressed the need to defend all life from conception to natural death.

Eluana Englaro dies at hospital in Italy

Feb 9, 2009 - 04:20 pm .- The 38 year-old Italian woman who was in a coma and whose father had waged a battle in the courts to disconnect her feeding tube and euthanize her died today at 8:10 p.m. local time.

Mentally handicapped woman undergoes abortion in Argentina

Feb 9, 2009 - 02:47 pm .- The Argentinean media reported on Friday that a mentally handicapped woman who became pregnant through rape underwent an abortion at the Regional Hospital of Santiago del Estero.

Neurologist says Eluana Englaro is a healthy woman

Feb 9, 2009 - 12:50 pm .- In an interview with the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, the neurologist of the Englaro family, Carlo Alberto Defanti, who is overseeing the withdrawal of food and water from Eluana Englaro, said the Italian woman is “healthy.” “She has never had any diseases and has no need for antibiotics.”

Pope Benedict and German Chancellor discuss Holocaust comments

Feb 9, 2009 - 12:38 pm .- Pope Benedict and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have spoken on the phone to discuss the Vatican’s position on the Holocaust, according to a statement released from the Holy See Press Office yesterday.

Holy Father urges Christians to care for suffering children and families

Feb 9, 2009 - 11:58 am .- In preparation for the 17th World Day of the Sick on February 11, the Holy Father released his annual message on Saturday.  In his new missive, the Pope encourages Christian communities to care for children who are “sick and suffering,” those struggling with “incapacitating illnesses” and youth living in dangerous conditions.

Cardinal Bertone calls Italian president after food is withdrawn from Englaro

Feb 9, 2009 - 11:26 am .- The trial of conscience playing out across Italy over the case of Eluana Englaro, drew Italy’s President Giorgio Napolitano into the debate last Friday, when he refused to sign an emergency decree preventing the removal of food and water from the woman. On Sunday, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone spoke with Napolitano about the case over the phone.

‘Abortion reduction strategies’ ignore half of the problem, Archbishop Chaput warns

Feb 9, 2009 - 05:34 am .- During a trip to Ireland this past weekend, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver delivered a talk to the Irish chapter of Human Life International that outlined the “dos and don’ts” for the pro-life movement. Those who claim pro-lifers should avoid the “divisive” issue of ending legalized abortion and focus on providing better support for pregnant mothers are creating a false division...

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