Archive of March 5, 2010

Despite anti-Christian violence, cardinal urges Iraqis to vote in elections

Mar 5, 2010 - 11:05 pm .- With elections just days away, and after weeks of violence by Muslim extremists that have left numerous Christians dead, the Chaldean Patriarch of Baghdad, Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly, called on “all Iraqis to cast their votes for the good of Iraq.”

Scranton bishop-elect laments young death of priest who struggled with drugs

Mar 5, 2010 - 10:06 pm .- Bishop-elect of Scranton Joseph C. Bambera has lamented the “unexpected and untimely death” of a priest who struggled with drug problems.

Bishops offer support on key health care vote if pro-life conditions are met

Mar 5, 2010 - 08:10 pm .- An official with the U.S. Catholic bishops’ conference has said that the bishops would work to secure a “key vote” for the progress of the Senate health care reform bill if an acceptable agreement on abortion funding restrictions is reached with House leaders.

Work together as a people of hope, urge Chilean bishops

Mar 5, 2010 - 07:06 pm .- The bishops of Chile released a message Thursday encouraging Catholics to “lift their spirits, recover their confidence, and work together as one people” following the country's tragic 8.8 earthquake.

Vatican paper looks at faith connection between saints and their mothers

Mar 5, 2010 - 04:20 pm .- Italian historians are taking interest in the role mothers in transmitting faith to their sons. Referring to the examples of St. Jean Vianney, Popes Pius X and Paul VI, the Vatican newspaper suggests that this relationship is fundamental to religious vocations.

Christian Life Movement standing in solidarity with Chile

Mar 5, 2010 - 02:51 pm .- The Christian Life Movement has launched a solidarity program to assist those affected by the earthquake in Chile, providing food, medicine and spiritual counseling.

Pope Benedict calls for deeper Catholic culture in Uganda

Mar 5, 2010 - 02:49 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI met with the bishops of Uganda this morning in the Vatican on the occasion of their “ad Limina” visit to the Holy See. He urged them to be strong in renewing evangelization in the east African country and resisting "the seduction of a materialistic culture of individualism."

Meeting between Israel and Holy See postponed

Mar 5, 2010 - 02:33 pm .- The Plenary meeting planned between the Holy See and the State of Israel for May has been moved back. Talks have not been suspended, and the two sides have agreed to convene the meeting at a later date to "maximize" their time together.

Rep. Stupak prepared to strike down healthcare reform over abortion

Mar 5, 2010 - 02:01 pm .- On Thursday, Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) commented that he and his 11 Democratic allies within the House are prepared to strike down health care reform plans if they contain any provisions for federally funded abortions.

Officials deny JPII beatification cause facing difficulties

Mar 5, 2010 - 12:57 pm .- A Polish daily published an article Thursday claiming that the beatification cause of John Paul II has hit a roadblock in regard to the miraculous healing of French nun who suffered from Parkinson’s disease.

Italian bishops donate 1 million euros to Chile quake relief efforts

Mar 5, 2010 - 11:42 am .- The Italan Bishops' Conference has announced their support, both financially and through prayer, to assist Chile after the devastating earthquake last weekend.

ND 88 member dies of cancer, court case continues

Mar 5, 2010 - 06:46 am .- The Thomas More Society reported on Wednesday that one of the 88 pro-life protestors who was arrested at the University of Notre Dame last year has died.

New bishops' document assesses society ahead of British elections

Mar 5, 2010 - 04:33 am .- On Wednesday the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales released a pre-election document about Catholic Social Teaching intended to help the debate about the values and vision of modern Britain.

Lawyer in infanticide case accuses Catholic judge of bias over his religion

Mar 5, 2010 - 03:10 am .- An attorney in Michigan defending a woman charged with smothering her newborn daughter to death has claimed that a judge’s Catholic religion and affiliation with Ave Maria Law School will color his judgment. The lawyer argued the judge’s work at the school was equivalent to attending a Ku Klux Klan meeting while trying a black man.

Pro-life pharmacy in D.C. area closes due to financial difficulties

Mar 5, 2010 - 01:22 am .- The only pro-life pharmacy in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area has announced that it is closing because of financial difficulties.

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