Archive of January 22, 2010

Pro-life rallies to be held in Spain on March 7

Jan 22, 2010 - 10:49 pm .- “Spain Says Yes To Life” is the theme organizers have chosen for numerous pro-life rallies planned to take place across the country on March 7.  Organizers chose the date to voice opposition to the government’s new legislation on abortion, which is expected to pass later in March.

Haitians need more than material assistance, advises Caritas in Port-au-Prince

Jan 22, 2010 - 10:16 pm .- The local president of Caritas in Haiti, Bishop Pierre-Andre Dumas told L'Osservatore Romano about Caritas' activities in reaching the people with assistance and underscored the necessity that the international community not allow Haitians to lose hope and confidence. "They need to hear, 'We are here and we are staying!'”

Rep. Smith refers to abortion as the 'greatest human rights struggle on earth'

Jan 22, 2010 - 08:20 pm .- U.S. Representative Chris Smith (R-N.J.) has spoken out against abortion twice in the past two days: on Thursday, he addressed the House floor calling abortion the “greatest human rights struggle on earth.”   Then on Friday at the March for Life in Washington, D.C. he encouraged the massive crowds to “pray, fast and work to protect” all human life.

Brother of Terry Schiavo claims 'lies' are still being spread about her

Jan 22, 2010 - 07:58 pm .- Nearly five years after the death of his sister Terri Schiavo, Bobby Schindler has said that the general press is still “telling lies” about her.

Bishops of Mexico condemn anti-family laws

Jan 22, 2010 - 06:55 pm .- In a statement this week, the bishops of Mexico reiterated their condemnation of all laws attacking the family and marriage between one man and one woman.  The prelates emphasized that natural law must always be respected and that the Christian faith is not an obstacle to freedom or science.

Nuncio to deliver message from Pope at Haitian archbishop's funeral

Jan 22, 2010 - 05:14 pm .- Funerals for Archbishop of Port-au-Prince Serge Miot and Vicar General Charles Benoit, who both died in the catastrophic earthquake last week in Haiti, will be held on Saturday, January 23. During the Mass, the Apostolic Nuncio will read a message from Pope Benedict to all the country's Catholics.

Pro-life marchers flood D.C. in protest of legalized abortion

Jan 22, 2010 - 03:21 pm .- Hundreds of thousands of people are gathered in the nation's capital today to mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade and protest abortion in the annual March for Life. Gathering from all over the country, protesters of all ages first heard from prominent pro-life, political and religious leaders before beginning the march.

Mexican priests participate in First National Congress of Priests

Jan 22, 2010 - 03:19 pm .- More than 500 Mexican priests are attending the First National Congress of Priests, which is being held January 18-22 in Acapulco under the theme, “Fidelity and Priestly Fraternity.”  The event was organized as part of the Year of Priests decreed by Pope Benedict XVI.

Cuban dissidents denounce mistreatment of political prisoner

Jan 22, 2010 - 01:06 pm .- The Christian Liberation Movement is denouncing the mistreatment of Jose Daniel Ferrer, a political prisoner in Cuba, saying he is the victim of continuous abuse by Communist officials.

Vatican sees improved outlook for 2010 finances

Jan 22, 2010 - 11:00 am .- The Council of Cardinals met in the Vatican from Jan. 20 - 21 to discuss the organizational and economic issues of the Holy See. Financial advisers told the meeting that they believe the Vatican's economic fortunes will fair better in 2010.

Prop. 8 trial witnesses make ‘troubling’ attack on religion and Catholic teaching

Jan 22, 2010 - 07:17 am .- Court witnesses arguing against California’s Proposition 8 have described religious beliefs of those who believe marriage is between a man and a woman as biased and a “chief obstacle” to homosexuals’ “political progress.” The comments were part of a “troubling” attack on religion, Proposition 8 defenders say.

Contraceptives delivery by 11-year-olds is ‘dangerous prescription,’ critics warn

Jan 22, 2010 - 06:02 am .- A Planned Parenthood partner in Ecuador is using youth as young as 11 to deliver the contraceptive injection Depo-Provera as part of a “peer-to-peer” model. Critics said it was a “dangerous” program that undermined parental authority, corrupted youth and would be illegal in the United States.

Nigerian archbishop says Jos violence worsened by false reports and government neglect

Jan 22, 2010 - 03:15 am .- Responding to the violence in the Nigerian town of Jos, the local archbishop has said the media is further inflaming the conflict with “counter-productive” false reporting. He also said the Nigerian government has failed to provide for its people, especially its youth.

Archdiocese of Hanoi condemns savage beating of Redemptorist brother

Jan 22, 2010 - 02:16 am .- The Archdiocese of Hanoi has condemned local government attacks against Catholics at Dong Chiem parish, including the “savage” and “brutal” beating of a Redemptorist brother by police.

Earthquake in Haiti is not punishment from God, says cardinal

Jan 22, 2010 - 12:57 am .- Archbishop of Santo Domingo, Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez, has firmly rejected the idea that the tragedy in Haiti was a punishment from God, as some have claimed.

Conference to explore work of Catholic philosopher Dietrich von Hildebrand

Jan 22, 2010 - 12:04 am .- This upcoming May at the University of Santa Croce in Rome, a conference will be held to celebrate the renowned 20th century philosopher, Dietrich von Hildebrand, and explore one of his seminal works that was published in English for the first time last year.

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