Archive of March 24, 2009

Mexican bishops reiterate fidelity to Pope following Lefebvrist letter

Mar 24, 2009 - 11:51 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of Mexico has sent a letter to Pope Benedict XVI offering prayers, solidarity and communion after receiving the Pontiff’s letter explaining the lifting of the excommunication of four Lefebvrist bishops.

Thirty-year-old Mother Superior leads Australian ‘John Paul II sisters’

Mar 24, 2009 - 09:41 pm .- After experiencing a deep conversion, a former lawyer who had a good job and “partied a lot” is now Mother Superior of a new religious order of “John Paul II sisters” in Australia.

Terri Schiavo documentary presents new information on case

Mar 24, 2009 - 08:13 pm .- Filmmakers have released a new documentary which they say reports previously unexplored facts about the legal battle surrounding Terri Schiavo while exploring her death’s ethical and cultural implications. One disabled woman connected with the film said “countless people” face pressures similar to those that killed Schiavo.

Petition protesting Obama speech at Notre Dame nearing 90,000

Mar 24, 2009 - 06:07 pm .- In response to the announcement that the pro-abortion “rights” President Barack Obama will deliver the commencement address at Notre Dame, has partnered with the Cardinal Newman Society to establish a web petition for Catholics and others who wish to protest the university’s invitation of the president.

Forty percent of out-of-wedlock pregnancies in Spain are terminated by abortion

Mar 24, 2009 - 05:31 pm .- The president of the Institute for Family Policy, Eduardo Hertfelder, said this week that the latest data shows "4 out of every 10 out-of-wedlock pregnancies" in Spain end in abortion, indicating the failure of the government’s family policy.

Street in Spanish town to be dedicated to priest slain in Brazil

Mar 24, 2009 - 03:45 pm .- The town of Pelahustan, Spain held a ceremony on Monday to announce the dedication of a street to Father Ramiro Ludena, who was slain in Brazil.

Archbishop slams groups pushing for legalization of abortion in Peru

Mar 24, 2009 - 02:26 pm .- Archbishop Jose Antonio Eguren of Piura and Tumbes has called on Peruvians to “be on guard” to protect the unborn from “very powerful ideological and economic interest groups that seek to legalize abortion in Peru at all costs.”

Bishop D’Arcy will not attend Notre Dame commencement featuring Obama

Mar 24, 2009 - 12:52 pm .- Bishop John M. D'Arcy has issued a statement saying that he won't be attending Notre Dame's commencement exercises, which will feature President Obama as the keynote speaker and honor him with a doctor of laws degree.

Pope reflects on moments of joy-filled Africa trip

Mar 24, 2009 - 10:38 am .- En route to Rome from Africa, Pope Benedict spoke with journalists about his impressions of the African Church. The Holy Father said that he was impressed with the awareness of the sacred at the liturgies, the powerful sense of belonging to the family of God amongst Africans and his encounter with the suffering.

Indiana bishop not to attend pro-life banquet featuring RNC head Steele

Mar 24, 2009 - 06:42 am .- Saying there can be “no equivocation” about abortion, Bishop of Evansville, Indiana Gerald Andrew Gettelfinger has decided not to attend the Vanderburgh County Right to Life (VCRL) banquet because Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, a Catholic who made conflicting comments about his abortion views, will be addressing the gathering.

Archbishop warns proposal will ‘hijack’ anti-suicide bill

Mar 24, 2009 - 03:31 am .- Archbishop of Cardiff Peter Smith has written a letter to The Times voicing his concern that changes to a bill intended to regulate websites that encourage suicide will “hijack” the proposal by protecting those who assist in suicides in other countries.

Bishop of Fargo calls for prayer and volunteers to fight record flood

Mar 24, 2009 - 01:36 am .- Facing forecasts of severe floods, Bishop of Fargo Samuel Aquila has appealed for volunteers to combat the threat and has asked parishioners to “keep in fervent prayer” all those who may be affected.

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