Archive of April 1, 2009

Mexican bishop responds to threats: 'I will continue preaching in support of life'

Apr 1, 2009 - 10:05 pm .- Bishop Florencio Olvera Ochoa of Cuernavaca in Mexico said this week that he will continue defending the right to life, despite the lawsuits and threats against him by some politicians in response to his 2009 “Decalogue of Electoral Sins.”

Salesian family celebrates 75th anniversary of canonization of St. John Bosco

Apr 1, 2009 - 08:22 pm .- The Salesian family is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the canonization of St. John Bosco in Madrid today with a series of activities, including the launching of new online resources.

Bishops call on Notre Dame to defend life, cancel Obama invite

Apr 1, 2009 - 06:02 pm .- Still more U.S. bishops have written regarding Notre Dame’s invitation to President Obama to deliver the spring commencement speech and receive an honorary degree. The Archbishop of Newark has encouraged the school to underscore its commitment to the Gospel and the reverence for life, while an Oklahoma bishop called the invitation a “scandal” and asked it be withdrawn.

Paramilitary group gives ultimatum to Catholic parish in Rio de Janeiro

Apr 1, 2009 - 05:15 pm .- The armed group that controls an infamous slum in Rio de Janeiro gave an ultimatum this week to the archdiocese, demanding that it close down a parish and its community assistance center because the pastor refuses to pay the extortion the group is demanding.

Bishop offers Mass of healing for abuse victims

Apr 1, 2009 - 05:08 pm .- Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted celebrated a March 25 Mass of Healing and Reconciliation at St. Anne Parish for victims of sexual abuse, their friends and families.

Sebelius confirmation hearings see little focus on abortion record

Apr 1, 2009 - 04:34 pm .- Yesterday Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius fielded questions about her plans for medical health care reform, but received only question from a senator about her positions on abortion.

Ugandan doctor links African AIDS epidemic to Western sexual values

Apr 1, 2009 - 02:48 pm .- Each day more scientists, researchers and doctors are voicing their support for Pope Benedict XVI’s statement that condoms are not decreasing the spread of AIDS in Africa. Dr. Filippo Ciantia, a Ugandan doctor who specializes in tropical medicine, told CNA that, “In every African country where there has been HIV prevalence decline, this has been preceded by decline in casual and multi-partner sex.”

Addiction to pornography leads to broken marriages, expert warns

Apr 1, 2009 - 01:36 pm .- The president of the organization Morality in Media, Robert Peters, warned this week that at least 10% of the world's population is addicted to pornography and that this vice is the cause of many failed marriages.

Peace for Africa can only be found in the Word of God, Pope recaps

Apr 1, 2009 - 10:55 am .- Twenty thousand people gathered on Wednesday morning in St. Peter’s Square to participate in Pope Benedict XVI’s weekly General Audience. The Holy Father told them of the highlights of his trip to Africa and emphasized that his message to all Africans was that true hope of peace and reconciliation can only be found in the Word of God.

Pope calls for an ethical G20 solution that remembers the poor

Apr 1, 2009 - 10:36 am .- Ahead of the G20 gathering in London tomorrow, Pope Benedict XVI has written to Prime Minister Gordon Brown to insist that any solution to the financial crisis involves the inclusion of ethics and be founded upon a "positive faith in the human person," especially those in extreme poverty.

Archbishop Nienstedt protests ‘egregious’ invite of Obama to Notre Dame

Apr 1, 2009 - 05:37 am .- Citing President Barack Obama’s “deliberate disregard of the unborn,” Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis has written to the president of the University of Notre Dame, protesting the “egregious decision” to invite the president as commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient.

Catholic Church prepares for tens of thousands of U.S. converts

Apr 1, 2009 - 04:09 am .- Tens of thousands of new Catholics are expected to join the Catholic Church in the U.S. in 2009, with many doing so at the Easter Vigil liturgies on April 11.

Abortion is a ‘defeat for medicine,’ says archbishop of Sao Paulo

Apr 1, 2009 - 03:29 am .- During a pro-life rally on March 29 outside the Cathedral of Sao Paulo in Brazil, Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer announced to the more than 5,000 people gathered that "abortion is a defeat for medicine."

Catholic women convoke bioethics discussion and meet with Justice Alito

Apr 1, 2009 - 12:22 am .- A Catholic women’s group will meet in Washington D.C. to hear a bioethics panel and to meet with Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.

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