Archive of March 19, 2010

Caritas official says Chile is slowly moving forward after recent earthquake

Mar 19, 2010 - 10:13 pm .- The director of Caritas in Santiago, Father Rodrigo Tupper, said this week, “Our people are rising up from their sorrow, our people are brave, tenacious and decent,” and for this reason, he said, “Chile’s soul is intact.”

Pro-life leaders: Senate bill bans conscientious exemption, allows billions for abortion

Mar 19, 2010 - 07:09 pm .- Pro-life leaders on Friday discussed the prospects of the Senate health care bill, warning that the present version will ban conscientious exemptions among private health care plans while making “billions” of dollars available for abortion.

Peruvian cardinal criticizes health minister’s decision to allow morning-after pill

Mar 19, 2010 - 05:58 pm .- This week, the Archbishop of Lima called the recent decision by Peruvian Health Minister Oscar Ugarte to allow the distribution of the morning-after pill a “direct and frontal assault on the Constitutional Court.”  Last year the court ruled to prohibit the drug because of its abortifacient mechanisms in preventing the implantation of an embryo.

Nancy Pelosi prays to St. Joseph to pass health care

Mar 19, 2010 - 05:29 pm .- On the feast of St. Joseph, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi invoked the patron saint of worker's intercession to help pass the current Senate health care bill.

Beatification date announced for Italian teenager who died in 1989

Mar 19, 2010 - 03:32 pm .- Venerable Chiara Badano will be beatified next fall, the Bishop of the Diocese of Acqui, Italy announced on Friday. She provides a "meaningful" testimony to young people because she never lost sight of God in the midst of her battle with terminal cancer.

Unborn babies are 'trophies' for abortionists, says Spanish archbishop

Mar 19, 2010 - 02:12 pm .- Spanish Archbishop Jesus Sanz Montes wrote this week that the battle for the right to life in the country is not over, and criticized abortion supporters for turning the unborn victims into “hunting trophies.”

Archbishop Chaput denounces false 'Catholic witness' in health care support

Mar 19, 2010 - 01:18 pm .- In a First Things column on Friday, Archbishop Chaput of Denver commented on how certain “Catholic” groups are working to undermine the U.S. bishops' stance on health care reform. Should the morally deficient Senate version of health care reform be passed into law against the will of the American people, he said, the dissenting “Catholic” voices will be among those responsible.

Cuban dissident reiterates rejection of hunger strikes, states support for political prisoners

Mar 19, 2010 - 12:03 pm .- In a recent article, the president of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Paya, made remarks rejecting hunger strikes and stressing his continued support for freedom and democracy in Cuba.

Pope to meet with youth in St. Peter's Square for 2010 World Youth Day

Mar 19, 2010 - 10:44 am .- The 25th annual World Youth Day is to be celebrated on a diocesan level this year, which also applies to the Diocese of Rome. The diocese's bishop, Pope Benedict XVI, will host young people in St. Peter’s Square in celebration.

Catechism now available in Chinese on Vatican website

Mar 19, 2010 - 10:16 am .- The Holy See now offers access to the Catholic Catechism in Chinese through its official website. The service reaches out to millions of Chinese Catholics.

W. Virginia ads confuse laity about bishops’ opposition to health care bill

Mar 19, 2010 - 06:31 am .- Catholics and others in West Virginia are “very upset” by a Catholics United ad campaign backing the Senate health care bill, the local diocese says. Because of “misleading” messages, a number of the ads’ viewers wrongly think that the diocese or Church officials are now backing the controversial bill.

Facing massive deficit, NJ governor proposes cutting Planned Parenthood from budget

Mar 19, 2010 - 03:18 am .- As part of a wider budget cutting plan, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has proposed the complete elimination of millions of dollars of funding for “family planning” agencies run by Planned Parenthood.

Chinese Catholics to have ‘great celebration’ for Feast of St. Joseph

Mar 19, 2010 - 01:06 am .- Chinese Catholics are preparing for the Feast of St. Joseph with “great celebration.” Looking to Joseph’s example as a holy man and father, religious communities are preparing for final vows and immigrant workers have been invited to church.

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