Archive of February 24, 2010

Political and social issues stem from moral crisis, advises Venezuelan cardinal

Feb 24, 2010 - 10:59 pm .- In his message for Lent 2010, the Archbishop of Caracas, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, said the political and social crisis that Venezuela is currently experiencing “is due to the sinister presence of sin in our society and in ourselves.”

Philippines archbishop advocates prostitution ban as anti-AIDS measure

Feb 24, 2010 - 10:08 pm .- A Catholic archbishop in the Philippines has called for a ban on prostitution to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Expert denies that Mexican state reforms are anti-woman

Feb 24, 2010 - 07:07 pm .- Patricia Lopez Macera, regional director of a women's center in Cancun, noted in a statement on Mexican radio that the constitutional reforms implemented by 18 of the country's states to protect the unborn are not anti-woman, but are in full support of human life.

Christian father and sons killed in their Mosul home

Feb 24, 2010 - 06:32 pm .- The persecution of Christians in Iraq escalated on Tuesday, as three relatives of a Syro-Catholic priest were killed in their own home in the city of Mosul.

Cardinal George urges Catholics and Mormons to defend religious freedom

Feb 24, 2010 - 04:29 pm .- On Tuesday, Cardinal Francis George, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, gave a talk to nearly 12,000 students and faculty at Brigham Young University in Utah. The cardinal dedicated his speech to exhorting the two faiths to defend religious freedom and their place in the public square.

Archbishop of Krakow honored by Colombian president

Feb 24, 2010 - 03:16 pm .- During his recent trip to Colombia, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, who was John Paul II's personal secretary for 40 years, was presented with the Grand Cross of the National Order of Merit from President of Colombia Alvaro Uribe.

Christians fleeing Mosul as targeted murders continue

Feb 24, 2010 - 02:57 pm .- The Vatican communicated on Wednesday that the Holy Father reacted with "deep sorrow" upon hearing the news of the most recent killings of Christians in Iraq, which reached him while he was on his annual Lenten retreat. The Holy See had urged respect for Iraqi Christians in a January letter to country's premier, but after continuing violence Christians have started to flee the city.

Haitians remain in dire circumstances as media attention wanes

Feb 24, 2010 - 02:06 pm .- The Vatican's newspaper reported on Tuesday that just six weeks after the catastrophic earthquake, the plight of Haitians has already become old news, even though the situation remains "dramatic."

St. Joseph’s Seminary boasts largest enrollment in Argentina

Feb 24, 2010 - 12:59 pm .- St. Joseph’s Seminary in La Plata, Argentina has become the formation center with the highest number of students in the country. Twenty-one seminarians entered during a Mass on Monday, bringing the grand total of students to 92.

German bishops publicly ask forgiveness for sex abuse

Feb 24, 2010 - 11:33 am .- On Tuesday, the German Conference of Catholic Bishops began their plenary session. On the first day of meetings, president of the conference Archbishop Robert Zoellisch asked for public forgiveness regarding cases of child sexual abuse in the German Church.

Video of Milwaukee Planned Parenthood shows tenth case of sex abuse cover up

Feb 24, 2010 - 08:54 am .- In their latest sting operation at a Planned Parenthood clinic, a pro-life group has produced footage that documents the 10th case in which clinic workers at an abortion facility ignore and cover up a statutory rape.

Missouri sales tax proposal would affect Catholic school tuition

Feb 24, 2010 - 06:07 am .- A proposed Missouri “mega-sales tax” would affect private school tuition and would unfairly burden parents who send their children to Catholic schools, the Missouri Catholic Conference has warned.

Catholic Medical Association says flaws in health care bills require new beginning

Feb 24, 2010 - 05:19 am .- The Catholic Medical Association has called for the legislative process on health care reform to “begin anew,” citing “substantial flaws” in existing proposals. The group especially called for protections for the right to life.

Cardinal Rodriguez visits Haiti to encourage quake victims and relief workers

Feb 24, 2010 - 03:22 am .- Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, the president of Caritas Internationalis, visited Haiti on Monday to deliver aid from Honduras and to express solidarity with the country after its devastating January earthquake.

Terri’s Day to be marked by memorial Mass and advocacy for disabled

Feb 24, 2010 - 02:12 am .- The fifth anniversary of the death of Terri Schiavo will be marked by a memorial Mass and a day of prayer and advocacy on behalf of the vulnerable.

Survey investigates effect of higher education on religious and moral beliefs

Feb 24, 2010 - 12:40 am .- A new survey reports that college professors were more likely than the general population to think that the Ten Commandments are totally irrelevant and to disagree that the Bible is the Word of God, but they were also more likely to disagree that religion and science typically conflict.

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