Archive of February 23, 2010

Abortion to blame for impending retirement crisis, asserts family advocate

Feb 23, 2010 - 10:49 pm .- The president of the Institute for Family Policy in Spain, Eduardo Hertfelder, stated this week that “Spain is now paying the price for allowing abortion.”  As the number of young people declines in the country, less funds are generated to pay retirement benefits for the elderly.

Image of Jesus with beer and cigarette causes conflict in northern India

Feb 23, 2010 - 09:45 pm .- Reactions to the "blasphemous" use of an image of Jesus in Indian school textbooks resulted in the damage of two churches and a number of businesses over the weekend in the northern Punjab state. In response, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India is calling for a boycott of all books written by the textbook publisher.

Catholic leaders in Haiti thankful for donation to destitute seminarians

Feb 23, 2010 - 07:08 pm .- In a recent letter sent to the Catholic charity, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Archbishop Louis Kébreau, President of the Bishop's conference in Haiti, lauded the group and gave them his “deepest gratitude” for their financial contributions to the country, particularly the aid they have given to the surviving seminarians in the area.

Rep. Stupak calls Obama health care proposal 'unacceptable' on abortion

Feb 23, 2010 - 06:55 pm .- Pro-life Congressman Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) released a statement on Tuesday morning, calling President Obama's latest health care proposal “unacceptable” on the issue of abortion.

Pope likely to draw huge crowds in Malta

Feb 23, 2010 - 06:29 pm .- In preparation for Pope Benedict's coming visit to Malta, the Holy See has released some numbers concerning the Church there. The large number of Catholics on the island nation could mean the Pope will see huge crowds.

International convention marking Year for Priests open to all faithful

Feb 23, 2010 - 04:33 pm .- To mark the end of the Year for Priests in June of this year an international convention will be held in Rome. Events are open to priests and anyone else who feels called to "prayer for the spiritual support and sanctification of Clergy."

Feminists manipulating women to promote abortion, warns population expert

Feb 23, 2010 - 03:05 pm .- In an attempt to pressure officials in Nicaragua to legalize abortion, feminist groups are drawing attention to the dramatic case of a pregnant woman suffering from cancer, arguing that the only chance of survival for “Amelia,” the fictitious name given to the woman, is to undergo an abortion.

JPII beatification process nearly complete, reveals personal secretary

Feb 23, 2010 - 12:53 pm .- Archbishop of Krakow, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, who was John Paul II’s personal secretary for 40 years, told participants at a Colombian conference that the late-Pope's beatification process “is practically finished.”

Pope gives Catholics in Scranton new bishop

Feb 23, 2010 - 11:59 am .- Pope Benedict appointed a replacement today for the diocese left vacant by the unexpected resignation of Bishop Joseph Martino last August. Msgr. Joseph C. Bambera was chosen by the Holy Father to lead the Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania as its 10th bishop.

Northernmost diocese in NY receives bishop from Pope Benedict

Feb 23, 2010 - 11:44 am .- The Vatican announced today that Pope Benedict appointed Fr. Terry LaValley of the Diocese of Ogdensburg, N.Y. as its 14th bishop. Fr. LaValley has served as the diocesan administrator since the see was vacated by Bishop Robert J. Cunningham, when he was assigned to lead the Diocese of Syracuse, N.Y.

Pope praying for victims of disaster on Portuguese island

Feb 23, 2010 - 11:13 am .- The Holy Father offered his profound condolences today for the victims of the recent flooding on the Portuguese island of Madeira. In a telegram to the Bishop Antonio Jose Cavaco Carrilho of Funchal, he said that he was "dismayed with the "grave consequences" of the disaster.

Proposed textbook’s treatment of Roe v. Wade changed after Catholic opposition

Feb 23, 2010 - 06:18 am .- A proposed North Carolina school textbook that described Roe v. Wade as a ruling against government oppression of rights has been altered following opposition from Catholics and other pro-life advocates.

Church leaders welcome South Africa president’s proposed dialogue on morality

Feb 23, 2010 - 03:50 am .- Lamenting that the legacy of Nelson Mandela has been “substantially squandered,” South Africa’s National Church Leaders’ Consultation has said it welcomes President Jacob Zuma’s proposal of a national dialogue on morality.

Facebook group targets Down's syndrome kids in Italy

Feb 23, 2010 - 02:04 am .- An Italian Facebook group that calls for children with Down syndrome to be used for target practice has drawn protest from disability support groups and government officials.

Archdiocese strongly condemns murder of Mexican priest

Feb 23, 2010 - 12:59 am .- The Archdiocese of Mexico City released a statement last week strongly condemning the murder of Father Jose Luis Parra Puerto, a pastor and chaplain of the Knights of Columbus in the Mexican capital. The statement called upon the authorities to avoid cutting corners in the investigation and to not allow the case to remain unsolved.

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