Archive of March 23, 2009

Nuncio to Bolivia reaffirms marriage as a 'fundamental treasure'

Mar 23, 2009 - 11:50 pm .- The Apostolic Nuncio to Bolivia, Archbishop Giambattista Diquattro, reaffirmed last week the value of marriage as the cornerstone of the family and said the sacrament that unites a man and a woman “is a fundamental treasure.”

Be generous in organ donation, says president of Chilean bishops’ conference

Mar 23, 2009 - 09:17 pm .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Chile, Bishop Alejandro Goic Karmelic of Rancagua encouraged the Chilean faithful last week to “be generous in the donation of organs,” but emphasized that the gesture of compassion should be made “freely and without pressure.”

Canadian bishops officially announce investigation of social arm for funding abortion

Mar 23, 2009 - 08:48 pm .- Citing “several serious concerns” about the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace’s reported funding of five pro-abortion groups working in Latin America and Mexico, Archbishop V. James Weisgerber, President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, has officially announced the matter is being investigated.

Pro-Chavez government approves centralization of power in Venezuela

Mar 23, 2009 - 07:08 pm .- The president of the Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Ubaldo Santana, warned last week that the reform of the Law of Decentralization which took effect on Friday would jeopardize the country because the centralization of power “has never been good for Venezuela.”

ND President has no plans to withdraw Obama invitation

Mar 23, 2009 - 06:33 pm .- Notre Dame’s commencement invitation to President Barack Obama has become more controversial with the university's president, Fr. John Jenkins CSC, saying that he doesn't plan to withdraw the invite.

Prominent Congressman refers to Justice Scalia as ‘that homophobe’

Mar 23, 2009 - 06:13 pm .- Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) in a Friday interview called U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia a “homophobe,” criticizing his likely support for the Defense of Marriage Act.

Pope Benedict praises Church in Africa, departs for Rome

Mar 23, 2009 - 05:53 pm .- Thanking everyone for the efforts made during the course of his African visit, the Holy Father delivered a brief address to some officials and citizens of Angola at a departure ceremony at Luanda’s airport.  The Pope praised of the vibrancy of the Catholic Church on the continent and stressed the need to care for the poor.

Petition protests Obama’s invite to speak at Notre Dame

Mar 23, 2009 - 05:13 pm .- Upon hearing the announcement that President Obama is scheduled to speak at the University of Notre Dame’s commencement exercises in May, the Cardinal Newman Society launched a website offering people the opportunity to sign a petition opposing the invitation. The petition already has 33,000 signers and will be sent to Fr. John Jenkins, the university's president. 

Brazilian officials protect life of sexually assaulted teen and her baby

Mar 23, 2009 - 04:45 pm .- Officials in the Brazilian state of Bahia have extended protection to a 13 year-old girl—four months pregnant after being raped by her father—and to her unborn child, thus preventing a tragic ending to a story similar to that of a 9 year-old girl in Recife who was pregnant with twins and recently forced to undergo an abortion.

NRO draws top Catholic analysts into Notre Dame's Obama invite row

Mar 23, 2009 - 04:22 pm .- Under the title “A Moral Exemplar? Should the University of Notre Dame honor our most anti-life president?” National Review Online has gathered some of nation’s most prominent Catholics to weigh-in on the university’s decision to invite President Barack Obama to be principal speaker and the recipient of an honorary doctor of law degree at its commencement on Sunday, May 17.

Holy Father advocates for the dignity of women, highlights mothers

Mar 23, 2009 - 03:18 pm .- In his remarks to representatives of Catholic movements working for the promotion of women in Africa, Pope Benedict emphasized the importance of “feminine complementarity” in a technology-driven world and the absolute necessity of the mother’s unique role in the family.

Brazilian priests detail role of Church in case of 9 year-old girl who underwent abortion

Mar 23, 2009 - 02:20 pm .- A group of priests from the Archdiocese of Olinda and Recife in Brazil have published a letter revealing the details of the Church’s true response to the case of a 9 year-old  girl pregnant with twins who underwent an abortion, which the press claimed was reduced to merely the imposition of excommunication.

Pope rapidly fills Diocese of Oakland vacancy

Mar 23, 2009 - 10:31 am .- This morning Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone to become the next Bishop of Oakland, Calif.  Currently serving as an auxiliary bishop of San Diego, Bishop Cordileone will become the shepherd of 400,000 Catholics in the Oakland area.

Holy Father expresses sorrow for young women killed during stampede

Mar 23, 2009 - 10:15 am .- Prior to his homily at a Mass with bishops from the Southern Africa region yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI expressed his condolences for the two young women who were trampled to death by the crowds trying to enter the Coquerios Stadium to attend the Pope’s meeting with the Angolan youth on Saturday.

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