Archive of April 6, 2009

Passion of the Lord also explains the defense of life in all of its stages, archbishop says

Apr 6, 2009 - 11:00 pm .- In order to prepare for Holy Week and the celebration of Granada’s Passion play, known as the "Passio Granatensis," Archbishop Javier Martinez published a letter encouraging Easter to be celebrated as a time for recognizing the value of human life in all of its dimensions.

Austin, Texas priest found murdered in Mexico

Apr 6, 2009 - 09:17 pm .- A Diocese of Austin priest who had disappeared while preparing a retirement home in the border town of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico was found murdered on the side of a highway near the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon.

Book and essay dismantle black legend about Pius XII

Apr 6, 2009 - 07:55 pm .- Vatican analyst Sandro Magister reported last week the Vatican "has produced two new texts in defense of Pius XII, the most controversial Pope of the 20th century. Both of them are aimed at dismantling the ‘black legend’ about him."

Attack on pro-life conscience protections ‘a form of totalitarianism,’ doctor warns

Apr 6, 2009 - 07:31 pm .- The executive director of an international organization of obstetricians and gynecologists has expressed “deep concern” regarding the Obama Administration's proposed canceling of conscience protections for pro-life doctors and medical professionals. He warned the changes would further devalue human life, characterizing them as “a form of totalitarianism.”

ND students: Keep Obama invitation, withdraw honorary degree

Apr 6, 2009 - 05:36 pm .- A protest by about 150 Notre Dame students occupied the area in front of the university's administration building on Sunday afternoon as they objected to the invitation of President Obama to speak at the university's commencement. The students said that refusing to honor Obama with a doctor of laws degree would be an acceptable compromise.

Only by denial and self sacrifice does life have meaning, Pope preaches

Apr 6, 2009 - 05:06 pm .- Yesterday people from around the world descended upon St. Peter’s Square to celebrate Palm Sunday with Pope Benedict XVI, who emphasized in his homily that “denial” and “self sacrifice” are the way to lead to a “just life.”

Government minister meets with pro-lifers as a formality, pushes for abortion

Apr 6, 2009 - 03:36 pm .- Dr. Gador Joy, spokeswoman for the Spanish organization “Right to Life,” said that the meeting held last week between the Minister of Equality Bibiana Aido and representatives of those opposed to a bill meant to expand abortion in Spain was “a propaganda tool to give the impression that she is listening to society.”

Cardinal George says Notre Dame made a unilateral decision

Apr 6, 2009 - 02:08 pm .- This past Friday, Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago and President of the USCCB, addressed his critique of Notre Dame's invitation to have President Obama speak at its commencement ceremony, and repeated that the university was wrong to make such a unilateral decision.

Stations of the Cross held at jail where John Paul II forgave Ali Agca

Apr 6, 2009 - 01:06 pm .- As part of its Lenten program, “A Lent of Charity,” the Caritas office in the Diocese of Rome held the Stations of the Cross on April 3 for prisoners at the Rebebbia Jail, the place where John Paul II met with Ali Agca, the Turkish gunman who tried to kill him in 1981.

Pittsburgh auxiliary appointed to become bishop of Kalamazoo

Apr 6, 2009 - 11:17 am .- Today Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Paul J. Bradley, currently auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh as the new bishop of Kalamazoo, Michigan.  Upon learning the news, the bishop spoke of his gratefulness and excitement at being appointed the fourth Bishop of Kalamazoo.

Pope prays for Italian earthquake victims, especially children

Apr 6, 2009 - 11:16 am .- Residents of L'Aquila, Italy are working to recover from a 5.8 magnitude earthquake that has left 92 dead and some 1,500 people injured. Upon hearing of the disaster, Pope Benedict sent a telegram to the local archbishop offering his prayers for the victims and expressing his solidarity.

Two thousand parents in Spain demand leaders hold meeting to discuss ‘Education for the Citizenry’

Apr 6, 2009 - 01:52 am .- Representatives of more than 2,000 families have demanded a meeting with government officials in Castilla y Leon to discuss their concerns over the classroom course, Education for the Citizenry, after the regional school board refused to meet with them.

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