Archive of March 6, 2009

Changes in Cuban government do not mean greater democracy, charges dissident

Mar 6, 2009 - 08:16 pm .- The president of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Paya, said this week that the changes in the cabinet of Raul Castro’s government in Cuba are cosmetic and not intended to make the country more democratic.

Congressman to introduce FOCA ‘sooner rather than later,’ spokesman says

Mar 6, 2009 - 07:01 pm .- A spokesman for Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) has said that the Freedom of Choice Act is among the congressman’s priorities and will be introduced “sooner rather than later,” according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Archbishop explains excommunications in abortion case involving 9 year-old

Mar 6, 2009 - 05:33 pm .- Archbishop José Cardoso Sobrinho of Recife, Brazil has rebuffed reports that the Church excommunicated a 9 year-old girl whose twins were aborted. The girl underwent the abortion after a court ordered it, citing the fact that she was pregnant because of rape.

Family policy analyst slams conclusions of government committee on abortion

Mar 6, 2009 - 05:14 pm .- A government-picked committee for Spain’s Ministry of Equality has concluded that abortion should be allowed to be performed without parental consent up to 14 weeks for teens as young as 16. The president of the Institute for Family Policy, Eduardo Hertfelder, is calling the decision “aberrant and unconstitutional.”

First prison chapel for Christians inaugurated in Pakistan

Mar 6, 2009 - 02:09 pm .- The maximum security prison of Adiala in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi now has a chapel, which was built with the support of  the government and Christian institutions.

Direct order from Pius XII to protect Jews uncovered by researchers

Mar 6, 2009 - 01:52 pm .- Father Peter Gumpel, the promoter of Pope Pius XII’s cause of beatification, revealed this week that he has uncovered new proof of the Pope’s efforts to protect Jews from the Nazis. The evidence consists of a note from the archives of a Roman monastery that mentions an order from the Holy Father to give shelter to persecuted Jews.

Elderly Chinese bishop imprisoned for three years is released

Mar 6, 2009 - 12:46 pm .- Eighty five year-old Bishop Leon Yao Liang of Hebei has been reunited with his diocese after being held in prison for 30 months for belonging to the clandestine Catholic Church in China.

Vatican to focus on Paul and the Holy Spirit this Lent

Mar 6, 2009 - 11:05 am .- In keeping with tradition, the members of the Roman Curia will hear a series of Lenten sermons by Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa. This year’s series will focus on St. Paul’s understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit.

Franciscan University to host student pro-life conference

Mar 6, 2009 - 10:00 am .- Franciscan University of Steubenville will host the annual Students for Life Ohio Conference on Saturday, April 4. The conference will gather student pro-life groups from across Ohio as well as portions of West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

U.S. bishops ‘gravely concerned’ about review of conscience protection rules

Mar 6, 2009 - 04:51 am .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is “gravely concerned” about the Obama administration’s move to rescind conscience protection regulations which help pro-life health care providers.

Bishop Martino: College ‘diversity’ should not trump authentic Catholic teaching

Mar 6, 2009 - 03:13 am .- Further responding to Misericordia University’s hosting of a homosexual activist, Bishop of Scranton Joseph F. Martino has written a reflection on the nature of teaching diversity and tolerance as it relates to the Catholic faith and authentic Catholic identity.

Jesuit university cancels production of V-Monologues

Mar 6, 2009 - 01:59 am .- Joining the trend of colleges steering clear of the “lewd” activist feminist play, Fr. Michael Engh, SJ, president of the Jesuit college Santa Clara University, has canceled a production of the Vagina Monologues.

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