Mar 17, 2009 - 10:49 pm .- Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Tarazona in Spain said this week a new law on abortion being debated in the national Congress “is a disastrous and incredible step that lacks protection for the unborn” and is based on a misunderstood concept of freedom that says a mother can kill her innocent child.
Mar 17, 2009 - 08:59 pm .- The president of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Paya, has sent a message to the U.N. Human Rights Commission, calling on the body not to be accomplices of the Communist government “with its silence and its scandalous refusal to demand” respect for human rights in Cuba.
Mar 17, 2009 - 08:11 pm .- With President Paul Biya’s words of welcome echoing in his ears, Pope Benedict XVI delivered his first papal speech on African soil today. Saying that he comes “as a pastor,” the Pope used his first speech to speak to all of Africa about how the Gospel offers hope to “a situation of great hardship and injustice.”
Mar 17, 2009 - 07:29 pm .- Unless the media improves its basic understanding of Catholic beliefs and practices, it risks marginalizing the Church and replacing its voice in society with politics, a set of beliefs “with the same vestments, but less conscience,” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput told a gathering of prominent journalists on Tuesday at the Pew Forum.
Mar 17, 2009 - 02:34 pm .- Cardinal Francis George has issued a video message asking Catholics to tell the Obama Administration to retain a conscience protection rule for pro-life health care workers. Its preservation is vital to keep the government from “moving our country from democracy to despotism,” he said.
Mar 17, 2009 - 01:59 pm .- The Apostolic Nuncio de Cameroon, Archbishop Eliseo Ariotti, said this week Catholics in that country “are impatiently awaiting this historic visit by the Holy Father,” who began his trip to today and end it on March 23. The archbishop added that he hopes the visit will renew “the evangelical spirit” needed to bring about solid development and fight against poverty.
Mar 17, 2009 - 10:49 am .- Pope Benedict XVI began his first papal trip to Africa today, departing from Rome to bring the Gospel to a continent racked with violence and corruption but also one which he sees as burgeoning with hope. On the plane, the Holy Father also addressed the continent’s battle with AIDS and noted that condom distribution “aggravates” the problem.
Mar 17, 2009 - 05:53 am .- Citing the state’s homosexual civil union legislation as precedent, several Maine legislators and homosexual activists are advocating a bill that would instate same-sex “marriage.”
Mar 17, 2009 - 03:05 am .- Writing on behalf of the U.S. bishops, Bishop of Rockville Centre William F. Murphy has appealed to New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, urging him to sign H.B. 285, the New Mexico legislation which would repeal the death penalty.
Mar 17, 2009 - 12:07 am .- The Archbishop of Armagh Cardinal Sean Brady has issued a St. Patrick’s Day message wishing a “happy and faith-filled” St. Patrick’s Day to celebrants. Noting the importance of the saint’s Christian faith, he expressed hopes that Irish people will rediscover the “joy and love” of faith.