Archive of March 10, 2010

Catholics United head insists Stupak Amendment goes too far

Mar 10, 2010 - 10:04 pm .- The head of Catholics United, a group advocating the passage of the Senate health care bill, says that the abortion funding rules in the Senate and House bills are too restrictive. He also criticized the U.S. bishops for being more interested in persuasion than in compromise but admitted that the Stupak Amendment “might be the only acceptable solution” from a Catholic moral standpoint.

Argentinian NGO opposes attack on country's crucifixes

Mar 10, 2010 - 07:04 pm .- An NGO in Argentina has issued a statement urging one of the country's governors to oppose the demands of the association, “September 20,” which is calling for the removal of crucifixes and other religious symbols from all public places.

Apostolic Exhortation on Bible expected after Easter

Mar 10, 2010 - 06:31 pm .- Following a press conference on Monday to present a new book, Archbishop Nikola Eterovic announced that Pope Benedict XVI will soon release an apostolic exhortation on the Bible. The exhortation will address themes presented at the most recent general assembly of the Synod of Bishops.

Bishops of Sudan discuss country's situation ahead of elections

Mar 10, 2010 - 04:33 pm .- Bishops representing the nine dioceses of Africa's largest country are at the Vatican this week for their "ad Limina visit." Among the contemporary issues the bishops will discuss with Pope Benedict are the upcoming elections, keeping peace and addressing poverty.

Lawyer distances himself from alleged children of Fr. Maciel, says money for silence unacceptable

Mar 10, 2010 - 02:49 pm .- Attorneys representing the alleged children of Father Marcial Maciel, the founder of the Legion of Christ, have severed ties with them over their efforts to convince the religious congregation to fork over $26 million in exchange for their silence.

Benedict XVI asks for generosity towards Turkey quake victims

Mar 10, 2010 - 02:40 pm .- At today’s General Audience, the Holy Father remembered those affected by the earthquake in Turkey on Monday. He said he was “profoundly close” to those affected and urged worldwide support for them.

Argentina judge revokes same-sex 'marriage' decision

Mar 10, 2010 - 12:56 pm .- A federal judge in Buenos Aires has nullified the “marriage” of two gay men that took place last week in the Argentinian capital, saying “no elements exist” for the union to constitute a marriage.

Hundreds of clergy expected for conference on priesthood in Rome

Mar 10, 2010 - 12:11 pm .- Beginning Thursday a two-day international theological convention will take place at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. Focusing on the "Faithfulness of Christ, Faithfulness of the Priest," the convention aims to shed light on priestly identity, the liturgy and celibacy.

Pope sends message of condolences to victims of Nigerian violence

Mar 10, 2010 - 11:38 am .- Pope Benedict XVI remembered the victims of the recent sectarian violence in Nigeria during the General Audience at the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall on Wednesday morning. The Holy Father defined the violence as “atrocious” and called for reconciliation in the country.

St. Bonaventure teaches Christians about being open to new charisms, Pope explains

Mar 10, 2010 - 11:14 am .- The Holy Father returned to St. Bonaventure for the subject of his catechesis at the General Audience on Wednesday morning. This saint, he said, not only kept the Franciscan order together with his theology that accepted "newness" into the Church but also teaches modern Christians how to be open to new charisms in the Church.

Misdialed call connects woman who had scheduled an abortion to pro-life help

Mar 10, 2010 - 06:23 am .- An Indiana woman who inadvertently dialed a pro-life group instead of a Planned Parenthood clinic about her appointment for an abortion instead found the support she needed to decide to bring her child to term.

Diocese of Hong Kong to receive 3,000 catechumens

Mar 10, 2010 - 03:36 am .- About 3,000 catechumens will be received into the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Hong Kong. Two of their first Rites of Election were held this coming Sunday.

Nearly one million in Spain march for life, protest new abortion law

Mar 10, 2010 - 12:51 am .- Nearly one million Spaniards marched in cities across the country on March 7 defending the right to life of the unborn and demanding that the government revoke Spain's new law on abortion recently passed by the Senate and signed by King Juan Carlos.

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