Archive of April 26, 2009

Cardinal endorses ‘common ground’ bill supporting pregnant women

Apr 26, 2009 - 08:21 pm .- Cardinal Justin Rigali, chair of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, has written a letter to U.S. Representatives encouraging them to co-sponsor the Pregnant Women Support Act (PWSA) which has recently been reintroduced in the House. The bill would provide money to pregnancy support centers, more options for prenatal care and services to protect women from domestic violence.

‘Realities’ pose challenges to Catholic border communities

Apr 26, 2009 - 02:01 pm .- Separated by an international border, the communities of Douglas, Ariz., and Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, are rife with special needs.  In an effort to understand those needs better, and to develop ministries to meet them, an entourage that included Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas and Archbishop Ulysses Macias of the Archdiocese of Hermosillo made a daylong tour of the region last month.

Pope Benedict points to new saints for encouragement and joy

Apr 26, 2009 - 10:56 am .- On Sunday at around noon, following the proclamation of five new saints in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Benedict XVI told the crowds in the square that he hopes the examples of the new saints will help everyone run towards “the prize of God's upward calling, in Christ Jesus.”

Policy proposed to protect Iowa officials who object to same-sex ‘marriage’

Apr 26, 2009 - 04:03 am .- As the Iowa Attorney General insists that county recorders must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, two groups have offered free legal defense to state county recorder offices that adopt a policy protecting employees’ rights of conscience.

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