Oct 7, 2009 - 10:34 pm .- Just days before the release of the new movie “Agora” by Spanish director Alejandro Amenabar, civil rights organizations are denouncing the film for promoting hatred of Christians and reinforcing false clichés about the Catholic Church.
Oct 7, 2009 - 07:33 pm .- The spokesperson for Right to Life in Spain, Gador Joya, has challenged the country’s Vice President, Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega, to be consistent and act on comments she made on a local radio station. Joya is urging her to withdraw the proposed reforms of Spain’s abortion laws, which according to the vice president, have fractured Spanish society.
Oct 7, 2009 - 05:01 pm .- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday heard arguments in a case concerning whether a cross on federal park land in California which memorializes World War I veterans violates the U.S. Constitution. One congressman warned that the case could have an enormous “ripple effect” on memorials across the country including Arlington Cemetery.
Oct 7, 2009 - 04:44 pm .- The Spanish Parliament is set to debate a new law on abortion that would allow mothers to end the life of their unborn children through the first trimester. In response, pro-life organizations across the country are collecting signatures and organizing a march on October 17.
Oct 7, 2009 - 03:45 pm .- On Saturday, October 3, a 55 year-old Christian nurse named Imad Elia Abdul Karim was kidnapped, and despite pleas by Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk for his release, his body was found Sunday, according to Vatican Radio.
Oct 7, 2009 - 11:11 am .- The Holy Father has appointed a priest from the Diocese of Pittsburgh to become the fourth bishop of Gaylord, Michigan. Msgr. Bernard A. Hebda, who is a graduate of both Harvard and Columbia University, will succeed Bishop Patrick R. Cooney who submitted his resignation to the Vatican upon reaching the age of 75 in March.
Oct 7, 2009 - 10:22 am .- During his Wednesday general audience, held for 40,000 people in St. Peter's Square, Pope Benedict XVI focused his catechesis on St. John Leonardi, the patron saint of pharmacists. This Italian saint, the Pope taught, can show us that God's medicine, his son Jesus, “is the measure of all things.”
Oct 7, 2009 - 06:10 am .- An Australian sister and her colleagues at a Samoan primary school saved the lives of 320 school children when she quickly moved them to higher ground after an earthquake triggered a tsunami warning.
Oct 7, 2009 - 04:02 am .- The Archbishop of Cape Coast, Ghana has said that resources intended to fight HIV/AIDS should be directed towards anti-retroviral drugs instead of condoms, explaining that prophylactics vary in quality and give the poor a “false sense of security” which facilitates the spread of the disease.
Oct 7, 2009 - 02:48 am .- An organization for people who have left homosexuality is asking the American Library Association (ALA) to include “ex-gay” books in its annual Banned Books Week.