Archive of March 12, 2009

Orange County rescinds contract with Planned Parenthood, citing abortion concerns

Mar 12, 2009 - 11:41 pm .- Citing Planned Parenthood’s links to abortion, the Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously to rescind the organization’s $290,000 contract which would have funded a sex education program.

Former Colombian hostage says John Paul II helped her regain her faith

Mar 12, 2009 - 10:22 pm .- The Colombian lawyer Clara Rojas, who was held hostage by the rebel group FARC for six years, attended Pope Benedict XVI’s Wednesday General Audience this week and recalled that during her years of captivity, she listened to John Paul II on a Catholic radio station, which helped her to regain her faith and to have the strength to carry on.

Archbishop slams plan by Chavez to centralize authority in Caracas

Mar 12, 2009 - 07:08 pm .- The second vice president of the Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela, Archbishop Roberto Luckert, said this week that the plan by the Chavez government to centralize all authority in Caracas under one official is an abuse and a mockery and confirms that Chavez does not respect or believe in the ballot box, “but rather in using force.”

Former Colorado congresswoman to lead new pro-life voting initiative

Mar 12, 2009 - 05:37 pm .- This morning, the Susan B. Anthony List announced that Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO) will lead the pro-life organization’s latest initiative, “Votes Have Consequences,” a nationwide grassroots mobilization and voter education effort.

Christians should courageously confront today's secular and anti-religious society, says Cardinal

Mar 12, 2009 - 05:18 pm .- The Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, encouraged Christians this week “to recover their self-confidence and courage” in order to confront the growing problem of religious and secular intolerance in the West, as well as “to recover their genius for showing that there are better ways to live and to build a good society.”

Bishop of Alicante opens cause of canonization of young Spanish woman

Mar 12, 2009 - 03:43 pm .- The Diocese of Orihuela-Alicante in Spain announced that this Saturday it will hold a ceremony opening the cause of canonization of Rebeca Rocamora, a young woman who died in 1996 at the age of 20 after enduring a serious illness.

Arizona has ‘banner day’ for pro-life legislation

Mar 12, 2009 - 02:08 pm .- The Arizona House of Representatives on Wednesday passed several notable pro-life bills, including a proposed state ban on partial-birth abortions, several regulations on abortion procedures and better tax credit support for crisis pregnancy centers and other non-profits.

Pontiff prays for unity, peace among Christians and Jews

Mar 12, 2009 - 11:19 am .- Upon receiving a delegation from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and the Holy See Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, Pope Benedict spoke of the importance of dialogue between the religions and expressed his hope that the groups will continue to work for peace.

Pope personally explains decision to extend olive branch to SSPX bishops

Mar 12, 2009 - 10:39 am .- A letter from Pope Benedict XVI to the bishops of the world, in which he explains the reasons he chose to lift the excommunications of the four bishops illicitly ordained by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, including Bishop Richard Williamson, was officially made public this afternoon in Rome.

Obama’s embryonic stem cell decision ignored pro-life Democrats

Mar 12, 2009 - 06:03 am .- After being excluded by the Obama Administration from the conversation on embryonic stem cell research, Democrats for Life of America is expressing its absolute opposition to the President’s executive order lifting restrictions on the practice. The snub is causing many pro-life Democrats to reexamine their support for President Obama as they ponder the future direction of their Party.

Bishop Olmsted: Obama’s pro-science rhetoric conceals ‘homicidal research’

Mar 12, 2009 - 04:26 am .- President Barack Obama’s explanations of his decision to end restrictions on the federal funding of embryonic stem cell research have been criticized by Bishop of Phoenix Thomas J. Olmsted, who has argued that the president’s pro-science rhetoric conceals “homicidal research” that violates the right to life.

Without evacuation, 100,000 face ‘total annihilation,’ Sri Lankan bishop warns

Mar 12, 2009 - 01:24 am .- More than 100,000 Sri Lankans face “total annihilation” unless an evacuation begins immediately, a northern Sri Lankan bishop has warned the country’s president.

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