Archive of July 1, 2009

Planned Parenthood to open new Florida clinics after past mismanagement closes five

Jul 1, 2009 - 11:09 pm .- A year after five Planned Parenthood clinics in Florida were shut down amid financial mismanagement including a missing $440,000, the organization is opening new clinics in Pembroke Pines and Oakland Park.

Argentinean archbishop calls recent political campaign 'strange'

Jul 1, 2009 - 10:06 pm .- Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata in Argentina, said yesterday that the political campaign leading up to this weekend’s elections has been marked by eccentricities.

Cardinal Rivera makes energetic call to defend life and women in Mexico

Jul 1, 2009 - 07:48 pm .- During his homily on the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City called for the defense of life from conception to natural death and for support for women, as the country prepares for local and national elections on July 5.

Court permits Prop. 8 backers to defend law for Attorney General

Jul 1, 2009 - 06:02 pm .- The U.S. District Court has agreed to allow to defend   Proposition 8 in a lawsuit, after the state's Attorney General, Jerry Brown, refused to do so. The ruling will allow the coalition to defend the successful California initiative from last November that restored marriage to being only between a man and a woman in the state constitution.

Apostolic visit to Legionaries of Christ to begin July 15

Jul 1, 2009 - 02:45 pm .- After the announcement on March 31 that Pope Benedict XVI had ordered an Apostolic Visitation of the Legionaries of Christ, many wondered when it would begin. Vatican watcher Sandro Magister has answered the question by  reporting it will begin on July 15 and that five bishops have been charged with the task.

Pope accepts resignation of Uruguayan bishop accused of sexual misconduct

Jul 1, 2009 - 02:29 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Bishop Francisco Domingo Barbosa Da Silveira of Minas in Uruguay, in accord with canon 401, paragraph 2, after large numbers of the diocesan clergy accused their bishop of sexual misconduct.

Holy Father explains mission and meaning of priestly ministry

Jul 1, 2009 - 11:17 am .- At the general audience in St. Peter’s Square this morning, Pope Benedict XVI spoke of the Year for Priests, laying out the essentials of the priestly mission and identity. He also prayed that this Year will be “an opportunity for the inner renewal of all priests and, consequently, for the revitalization of their commitment to the mission."

Benedict XVI urges state aid for victims of extortion

Jul 1, 2009 - 11:06 am .- As typically done following his Wednesday general audience address, Pope Benedict gave public greetings to groups who were present. Today the Pope singled out an Italian group dedicated to helping those victimized by usury.

Holy Father’s social encyclical to be released July 7

Jul 1, 2009 - 10:56 am .- The Vatican has announced that Pope Benedict’s third encyclical, “Caritas in veritate” (Charity in Truth) will be presented on Tuesday, July 7 at 11:30 a.m. local time.

Pope praying for reconciliation around the world in July

Jul 1, 2009 - 10:18 am .- For the month of July, Pope Benedict XVI has chosen two prayer intentions that focus on unity and reconciliation throughout the world.

Man in SUV attempts to run over 60-year-old pro-life demonstrator

Jul 1, 2009 - 07:39 am .- A man allegedly tried to run over a 60-year-old protestor outside a Planned Parenthood office in Chico, California on June 25. The protestor’s graphic picture of an aborted unborn child may have triggered the attack, police said.

Obama’s LGBT Pride remarks insulted mainstream America, pro-family leader says

Jul 1, 2009 - 04:12 am .- President Barack Obama on Monday addressed an “LGBT Pride” reception at the White House, characterizing opponents of homosexual political issues as holding fast to “worn arguments and old attitudes.” One critical observer said the event aimed to placate the president’s donors but was “insulting” to mainstream Americans.

‘Groundbreaking’ invention creates life-sized 3D models of unborn children

Jul 1, 2009 - 12:25 am .- An art design student in Britain has developed a new method to use ultrasound and MRI scans to create life-sized plaster models of living embryos. One leading obstetrician has called the invention “absolutely unique” and a “fantastic development.”

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