Archive of March 9, 2010

Colombian bishops urge renewed agreement for peace and reconciliation

Mar 9, 2010 - 10:59 pm .- The National Commission of Reconciliation, led by the President of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia Bishop Ruben Salazar, has called on political and social organizations in the country to sign a National Accord for Peace and Reconciliation on March 12.

Archbishop Chaput suggests ‘Dos and Don’ts’ for pro-life advocates

Mar 9, 2010 - 10:24 pm .- Calling pro-life advocates and all Christians to courage and virtue, Archbishop of Denver Charles J. Chaput provided a list of “dos and don’ts” for the pro-life movement on Tuesday evening. He urged an end to divisions and false oppositions, encouraging pro-lifers to be joyous and hopeful witnesses through public action and new technologies.

Rep. Stupak more hopeful about abortion deal for health care bill

Mar 9, 2010 - 08:21 pm .- Following his remarks last week that he and his colleagues are prepared to strike down health care reform if it provides federal funding for abortion, Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) said on Monday that he is “more optimistic” than he was a week ago regarding legislative negotiations.

Bishop encourages women in rebuilding Chile

Mar 9, 2010 - 07:05 pm .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Chile, Bishop Alejandro Goic Karmelic, sent a message to the women of the country yesterday on the International Day of Women. The prelate encouraged them to continue working for the reconstruction of a more just and equitable country, especially following the February 27 earthquake.

Arizona bishops say illegal immigrant bills would discourage reporting crime

Mar 9, 2010 - 06:55 pm .- In a statement released yesterday, the bishops of the Catholic Conference of Arizona told state lawmakers that they fear proposed legislation cracking down on illegal immigrants will intimidate them into not reporting criminal activity when they are victims and cause a spike in crime rates.

King of Spain 'cooperating with evil' by signing abortion law, says bishop

Mar 9, 2010 - 03:06 pm .- Bishop Juan Antonio Reig Pla of Alcala de Henares remarked this week that by signing a bill into law that dramatically liberalizes abortion in Spain, King Juan Carlos has actively cooperated with the evil of abortion.

Fr. Lombardi expresses ‘concern and horror’ over Nigerian violence

Mar 9, 2010 - 01:33 pm .- In wake of the recent violence in the Jos region of Nigeria that left 200 people dead, the director of the Holy See’s Press office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, expressed “concern and horror” over the bloody events.

Vatican daily comments on defeat of 'Avatar' at Oscars

Mar 9, 2010 - 01:03 pm .- L’Osservatore Romano (LOR) published article yesterday commenting on the Oscar win by Kathryn Bigelow as best director for her film “The Hurt Locker.” The film took home five more Oscars than the box-office smash “Avatar,” directed by James Cameron.

Vatican spokesman says European sex abuse cases being dealt with correctly

Mar 9, 2010 - 11:40 am .- The Vatican's spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi commented today on the decades-old sex abuses cases in several European countries that recently came to light and lauded the Church for its “transparency” and “timely and decisive action” in dealing with them. Fr. Lombardi also stressed that focusing just on the problem of sex abuse in the Church gives a “false perspective” on an issue that affects society at large.

Feedback from Oprah appearance 'overwhelmingly positive' for Dominican sisters

Mar 9, 2010 - 06:51 am .- In February, the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist made an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Since then, almost all the feedback the sisters have received has been overwhelmingly positive the sister's mission director told CNA/EWTN.

Vatican representative to UN warns programs for women becoming more ideological

Mar 9, 2010 - 06:05 am .- Some United Nations’ programs dedicated to advancing gender equality are becoming “increasingly ideologically driven” and a hindrance to women’s genuine advancement, says Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the apostolic nuncio leading the Holy See’s permanent observer mission to the United Nations.

Well-wishers greet Archbishop of Hanoi’s arrival in Rome for medical treatment

Mar 9, 2010 - 04:23 am .- Archbishop of Hanoi Joseph Ngo Quang Kiet arrived in Rome on March 5 for medical treatment for chronic insomnia and stress.

Archdiocese of Boston sees significant financial recovery for Catholic Appeal

Mar 9, 2010 - 02:03 am .- The Archdiocese of Boston has launched its 2010 Catholic Appeal, with recent figures indicating significant financial recovery since Cardinal Seán O'Malley took over the leadership of the archdiocese in 2003.

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