Archive of February 10, 2010

Colombian bishops call for further debate on health care

Feb 10, 2010 - 10:57 pm .- During their 88th Plenary Assembly, the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia called for greater debate on the country's current health care system. President of the bishops' conference, Bishop Ruben Salazar Gomez said the issue must be addressed with great care in order to ensure that the majority of Colombians have access to basic services such as health care.

Illinois city reconsiders proposed ‘bubble zone’ after pro-life objections

Feb 10, 2010 - 08:02 pm .- Objections from pro-life advocates have prompted Rockford, Illinois city officials to reconsider a proposed abortion clinic “bubble zone” ordinance. The critics cited free speech concerns and argued the ordinance would defend the anti-Christian “bigotry” displayed by clinic staff.

Homeland Security assessed threat of pro-life rally in Wisconsin

Feb 10, 2010 - 07:33 pm .- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security conducted a “threat assessment” of a pro-life and pro-abortion activists before a planned Wisconsin rally last year, yet later admitted that the groups in no way threatened national security.

Vatican official recalls impact of Eluana Englaro's death

Feb 10, 2010 - 07:12 pm .- A year after the death of Eluana Englaro, known as Italy's Terri Schiavo, the president of the Pontifical Academy for Life is encouraging Catholics to defend life “from conception to natural death.”

Allentown Catholic bishop teaches fundamentals of basketball, faith

Feb 10, 2010 - 05:39 pm .- At a recent Catholic Youth Organization basketball clinic in Pennsylvania, Bishop John Barres of the Diocese of Allentown gave young athletes a few pointers on improving their game and their faith life.

Malta bishops announce schedule for Pope Benedict’s April visit

Feb 10, 2010 - 05:26 pm .- The Archdiocese of Malta has announced the schedule of Pope Benedict XVI’s April visit to the island country for the 1,950th anniversary of the shipwreck of St. Paul. The country’s bishops have prayed that the pontiff will be welcomed to the island as warmly as St. Paul was.

Bolivian bishop urges catechists to proclaim Christ in a world that rejects him

Feb 10, 2010 - 02:57 pm .- Auxiliary Bishop Sergio Gualberti of Santa Cruz encouraged new catechists in the Bolivian capital of La Paz to find inspiration for their work though a personal encounter with Christ and to proclaim God's presence to a world that rejects him.

Planned Parenthood report criticizes Catholic Church for 'denying positive aspects of sex'

Feb 10, 2010 - 01:55 pm .- The International Planned Parenthood Federation recently issued a report that advocates sex education being given to children as young as ten years old and criticized the Catholic Church for denying the “pleasurable and positive aspects of sex.” The report has faced backlash from religious communities, including one critic who claimed that it supports “physical and emotional bondage.”

Catholic hospitals comprise one quarter of world's healthcare, council reports

Feb 10, 2010 - 12:57 pm .- During its 25th anniversary celebrations, the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers announced that the Catholic Church manages 26 percent of health care facilities in the world.  According to a press release, the Church has “117,000 health care facilities, including hospitals, clinics, orphanages,” as well as “18,000 pharmacies and 512 centers” for the care of those with leprosy.

Pope extols St. Anthony of Padua's insights on prayer

Feb 10, 2010 - 11:53 am .- In Wednesday's General Audience, Pope Benedict XVI spoke on the life and history of “one of the most popular saints of the Catholic Church,” St. Anthony of Padua, saying that his definition of prayer as “a relationship of love” is one of his most striking contributions to the Church.

Holy Father meets with Lutheran delegation, encourages prayer and dialogue

Feb 10, 2010 - 11:05 am .- After today’s general audience, the Holy Father met with a delegation from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) in which he expressed hope for the “continuing Lutheran-Catholic dialogue.”

New York City church to mark 40 years of First Friday nightlong vigil

Feb 10, 2010 - 08:18 am .- A New York City church will mark the 40th Anniversary of its nightlong First Friday vigil in March.

Focus on the Family reports 760,000 have watched Tebow's story

Feb 10, 2010 - 06:03 am .- Gary Schneeberger, Vice President of Media Relations at Focus on the Family, has said his organization’s Super Bowl ad featuring Tim Tebow and his mother was “very directly pro-life” and has proven “extremely popular.”

Catholic nominated for China's Top 10 People of 2009 awards

Feb 10, 2010 - 04:20 am .- Media and government acknowledgment of two lay Catholics in China suggest an increasing social recognition of Catholics in the officially communist state. An elderly Catholic farmer is up for national honors for his work with the elderly and the homeless, while a Catholic college student won accolades for saving an imperiled young boy at the cost of his own life.

Tensions over women bishops in Church of England continue at General Synod

Feb 10, 2010 - 02:08 am .- As the Church of England’s General Synod begins, some Anglo-Catholic leaders have said if their concerns about the introduction of women bishops are not addressed they will withdraw their resources from the Anglican Church and focus them on ministries outside the formal church structure.

Costa Rican president-elect praises Catholic values and teachings

Feb 10, 2010 - 12:55 am .- Archbishop Hugo Barrantes Urena of Costa Rica sent his greetings to the country’s first female president, Laura Chinchilla, reminding her of the need for collaboration between the Church and the State. The new president responded by expressing her commitment to defending and promoting Christian values.

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