Archive of February 12, 2010

Pro-abortion NARAL report suggests pro-life efforts are succeeding

Feb 12, 2010 - 08:07 pm .- A pro-abortion group’s 2009 report giving a “D” grade to the United States on abortion suggests pro-life progress at the state level. The report’s description of a murdered late-term abortionist as a hero may even be a sign of desperation, pro-life leaders say.

Catholics in Costa Rica outraged by disrespect toward Eucharist

Feb 12, 2010 - 07:08 pm .- Catholics in Costa Rica continue to express disgust following the actions of Deborah Formal, the girlfriend of presidential candidate Otto Guevara. Last Sunday, Formal broke off a piece of the Eucharist and placed it in her boyfriend's pocket.

Rep. Kennedy’s retirement an opportunity for pro-lifers, Rhode Island group says

Feb 12, 2010 - 04:59 pm .- Rep. Patrick Kennedy’s decision not to run for re-election creates an opportunity for a pro-life candidate to replace him, a Rhode Island pro-life group said on Friday. Kennedy had sparked a dispute with his bishop after he strongly criticized the Catholic bishops’ opposition to health care legislation that funded abortion.

Healthy families aid vocations, Pope advises Eastern European bishops

Feb 12, 2010 - 03:58 pm .- "The blossoming of priestly and religious vocations depends in good part on the moral and religious health of the Christian family," the Holy Father told Romanian and Moldovan bishops on Friday, as urged them to respond to the challenges being faced by the family in their countries.

Holy Father to preside over Ash Wednesday services

Feb 12, 2010 - 03:04 pm .- The Holy See has confirmed that on Ash Wednesday, Benedict XVI will preside over a moment of prayer at the Church of St. Anselm as well as Mass at the Basilica of St. Sabina.

Relics of St. Bernadette brought to St. Peter's by 5,000 pilgrims

Feb 12, 2010 - 02:42 pm .- On Thursday evening five thousand people with illnesses, supported by volunteers, family and friends, processed the half-mile from Castel Sant'Angelo, on the banks of Rome's Tiber River, to St. Peter's Square for the World Day of the Sick. The group was accompanied by the relics of St. Bernadette Soubirous, and was met at the end by the Holy Father himself.

Pope calls cardinals to Vatican for final approval of Bl. Mary MacKillop

Feb 12, 2010 - 11:19 am .- An Ordinary Public Consistory to vote on the pending causes of canonization will take place this month at the Vatican. Six candidates will be considered for official recognition of sainthood, including Australia's Blessed Mary MacKillop.

Pope Benedict to visit local Roman seminary Friday evening

Feb 12, 2010 - 10:55 am .- The Holy Father will be making his annual visit to the Roman Major Seminary on Friday. He will join the seminarians and their rector in celebration on the eve of the Feast of Our Lady of Trust, patroness of the seminary.

New Mexico's bishops say domestic partnership bill would undermine true nature of marriage

Feb 12, 2010 - 07:14 am .- The bishops of New Mexico have voiced opposition to a bill in the state legislature that would create domestic partnerships for opposite- and same-sex couples, saying it would undermine the “true nature” of marriage and would serve as a foundation for the implementation of same-sex “marriage.”

Millennial Catholics’ interest in religious education a good sign, survey suggests

Feb 12, 2010 - 06:20 am .- A new survey of “Millennials” shows the generation of young Catholic adults to be more pro-life and interested in learning more about their religion. While many are sympathetic to moral relativism and are indifferent to sexual ethics, the head Knight of Columbus said their interest in religious education was an “especially good sign.”

Catholic Church’s mission is to continue work of Jesus Christ, Archbishop Niendstedt explains

Feb 12, 2010 - 05:25 am .- After learning that the mission of the Church is unclear to some Catholics, Archbishop John C. Niendstedt has emphasized that the Christian mission is to “continue the works of Jesus Christ” and to make his name “known and loved.”

Pakistani Presbyterian bishop to help prosecute leading jurist for murder of Catholic girl

Feb 12, 2010 - 02:48 am .- A prominent Presbyterian bishop in Pakistan will lead a team of lawyers following the case of Shazia Bashir, a 12-year-old Catholic girl allegedly tortured, raped and killed on Jan. 22 by a wealthy Muslim lawyer in Lahore.

Vatican official discusses upcoming marriage prep handbook

Feb 12, 2010 - 01:08 am .- Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Archbishop Jean Lafitte, has indicated that a handbook the council is currently preparing on marriage will be directed toward ministers, priests and pastoral workers who prepare engaged couples to receive the sacrament.

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