Archive of January 29, 2010

Pro-choice group promises to help teens obtain abortions in Mexico City

Jan 29, 2010 - 10:59 pm .- This week Mexican pro-life organizations warned that leaders of the Convergence Party have threatened to “help” Mexican teenage girls travel to the country's capital to obtain legal abortions.

Polish bishop calls Holocaust article 'complete misunderstanding'

Jan 29, 2010 - 08:11 pm .- Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Tadeusz Pieronek of Sosnoviec, Poland, has roundly denied having referred to the Holocaust as “a Jewish invention.” Regarding what he called “a complete misunderstanding,” he explained that the Italian website “Pontifex,” which quoted him for an article this week, clearly failed to capture his meaning.

Beloved Professor Ralph McInerny passes away

Jan 29, 2010 - 07:57 pm .- The well-loved Notre Dame professor and scholar Ralph McInerny passed away Friday morning at 7:45 a.m. at the age of 83. First Things editor Joseph Bottum reported McInerny's death in an article on the magazine's website on Friday afternoon.

Pro-life group clarifies why it does not support referendum on abortion in Spain

Jan 29, 2010 - 07:07 pm .- The pro-life association “Provida Valencia” issued a statement this week explaining that although it respects the decision of some pro-life groups to call for a referendum on abortion during  country's demonstrations set for March 7, it has decided not to support the initiative. 

Scott Roeder conviction draws renewed condemnation of Tiller murder

Jan 29, 2010 - 06:27 pm .- On Friday a Wichita jury found Scott Roeder guilty of first degree murder for shooting abortionist George Tiller in his church last year. After news of Roeder's conviction, Kansas pro-life leader Troy Newman of Operation Rescue is reiterating the fact that Roeder's actions fell “outside the realm of Christianity and the pro-life ethos.”

Atheist group urges boycott of Mother Teresa stamp

Jan 29, 2010 - 04:28 pm .- Following the U.S. Postal Service announcement that they are featuring the late Mother Teresa on an upcoming stamp, the atheist group Freedom from Religion  has urged its supporters to boycott the stamp on the grounds that it violates postal regulations.

Salesians to celebrate founder's feast by providing assistance to Haiti

Jan 29, 2010 - 02:51 pm .- The Salesians will celebrate the feast of their founder, St. John Bosco, on January 31 with a series of initiatives to help the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Several of the congregation's facilities in the country were destroyed or significantly damaged due to the January 12 disaster.

Mexico's attorney general praised for challenging same-sex 'marriage'

Jan 29, 2010 - 12:53 pm .- Pro-family and pro-life leaders in Mexico are praising the decision by the country’s attorney general to challenge the Mexico City law allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children. The attorney general will appeal the law to the Supreme Court, arguing that it violates Mexico's constitution.

Pontifical council encourages fight against leprosy

Jan 29, 2010 - 12:48 pm .- The message for the World Day for Leprosy was released today from president of the Pontifical Council for Healthcare Ministry, Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski. The archbishop explained in the message that "it's not only a day of reflection on this devastating disease but, most of all, it's a day of solidarity with the brothers and sisters than are affected by it."

Charity, truth and justice must guide Vatican court, states Pope Benedict

Jan 29, 2010 - 11:21 am .- The Holy Father addressed members of the Roman Rota, the second highest Vatican court, this morning for the inauguration of the judicial year. In his message, he emphasized the importance of charity, truth and justice in guiding their work, especially as it pertains to upholding the Sacrament of Marriage.

Secret Archives from Pius XII's time to be organized by 2015

Jan 29, 2010 - 11:02 am .- Documents regarding the activities of the Holy See during the pontificate of Pope Pius XII will be organized in the Vatican archives within five years. The head of the Secret Archives says that only "technical" issues are keeping them from being made available for study.

Canadian bishops warn of prostitution and trafficking at Winter Olympics

Jan 29, 2010 - 07:37 am .- As the 2010 Winter Olympics approach, the Canadian bishops have spoken against the “trivialization” of concerns about prostitution during the event. They said the crime is a part of a “new form of slavery” known as human trafficking and called on Catholics to help fight it.

Coherent strategy needed for Haiti relief, bishop tells U.S. leaders

Jan 29, 2010 - 05:27 am .- The United States needs a “long-term coherent strategy” for recovery, development, and anti-poverty efforts in Haiti after its devastating earthquake, Bishop of Albany Howard J. Hubbard has said in a letter to U.S. political leaders.

Malaysian ‘Allah dispute' under control despite vandalism

Jan 29, 2010 - 03:16 am .- Extremist groups in Malaysia may be exploiting the controversy over a Catholic newspaper’s use of the word “Allah” for God in order to foment “sectarian hatred,” a leading Catholic priest in the region has said. Though groups have vandalized several places of worship, the situation is reportedly “under control.”

Statue of Baby Jesus travels from Holy Land to Padre Pio's monastery

Jan 29, 2010 - 02:49 am .-  Marking the first time the statue has ever left its sanctuary in Bethlehem, the original wooden sculpture of the "Little Child" Jesus was brought by its guardian, Fr. Jerzy Kraj, to the Sanctuary of St. Giovanni Rotondo on Thursday. During its visit, the statue will be taken to the children's cancer ward of a hospital founded by St. Padre Pio.

Haitian Catholic Church is committed to quake aid, Archbishop Tomasi states

Jan 29, 2010 - 12:55 am .- The Church in Haiti has been “painfully hit” by the earthquake along with the rest of the country, the Holy See’s permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva has said. He endorsed a “human rights approach” to respond to the disaster and pledged the Church’s aid to help Haitians to “a life of dignity.”

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