Archive of March 23, 2010

Cardinal asks UN to recognize Dominican Republic's solidarity with Haiti

Mar 23, 2010 - 09:52 pm .- The Archbishop of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez, lamented a report from the U.N. accusing his country of “racism and poor treatment of the Haitian population” following Haiti's devastating earthquake on January 12.

States say health care law violates economic freedoms and religious consciences

Mar 23, 2010 - 08:17 pm .- Parallel to the actions of 13 states’ attorneys general, the Thomas More Law Center has filed a lawsuit challenging the health care reform bill. The suit argues that it is unconstitutional to force someone to purchase health care coverage and to force those who object to pay for abortions.

Mexican bishops urge candidates to improve level of politics

Mar 23, 2010 - 05:51 pm .- The bishops of Antequera-Oaxaca in Mexico reminded political parties and candidates last week to improve upon the level of politics in the country because the Mexican people want representatives who are attentive to their needs.

US bishops call health care law 'deeply flawed,' ask Catholics to remain vigilant

Mar 23, 2010 - 03:15 pm .- Moments after President Obama signed the Senate version of the health care reform legislation into law this afternoon, Cardinal Francis George spoke on behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) as he expressed their continued concern over the lack of conscience protections in the law and the limited ability of the president’s executive order to prevent federal funding of abortion.

Religious education consultants criticize efforts to remove religion course from schools

Mar 23, 2010 - 02:06 pm .- Regional superintendents of Religious Education in Costa Rica are denouncing suggestions to remove Catholic education courses from public schools following a ruling by Costa Rica’s Constitutional court.  The recent decision stripped the Church's right to choose which religion teachers are hired in Costa Rican schools.

Audit reveals decrease in US cases of clerical sexual abuse

Mar 23, 2010 - 12:33 pm .-  In compliance with the U.S. Bishops “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People,” the bishops' conference has just released its 2009 annual report. The results show a series of positive trends, including the fewest number of sex abuse investigations, offenders, and victims since 2004, as well as increased participation in Safe Environment training.

Sexual scandals are a call to return to God, remarks Spanish cardinal

Mar 23, 2010 - 12:02 pm .- The prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Cardinal Antonio Canizares, explained that the sexual scandals committed by some clergy members are a call for the entire Church to be more and more holy.

Benedict XVI to celebrate Mass for anniversary of JP II's death

Mar 23, 2010 - 10:52 am .- Pope Benedict will celebrate a Mass on Monday, March 29, marking the fifth anniversary of the death of Venerable John Paul II. The late Pope's death, at the age of 84, occurred on April 2, 2005 after battling Parkinson's disease.

‘Learning to Love’ youth forum begins in Italy tomorrow

Mar 23, 2010 - 10:36 am .- The Pontifical Council for the Laity is organizing an International Youth Forum, which occurs every three years, in the small Italian town Rocca di Papa from March 24-28 of this year.

Ground broken for St. Gianna women’s homes in Nebraska

Mar 23, 2010 - 09:32 am .- Last week, Bishop Fabian W. Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Nebraska, Father Christopher Kubat, the diocesan director of Catholic Social Services (CSS), Sister Jacqueline Darner, M.S., and others gathered to turn the first shovelfuls of dirt that will make way for the new 24-unit St. Gianna Women’s Homes.  The secure apartment building will be comprised of 24 one-, two- and three-bedroom units that will house women and children escaping domestic abuse and the pressure to abort.

Vatican launches new Twitter channels to inform about the life of the Church

Mar 23, 2010 - 08:03 am .- Vatican Radio has announced the launch of several Twitter channels to share news and multimedia content about the life of the Church on one of the newest popular social networking sites.

Sexually active homosexuals pay ‘heavy toll’ in HIV infections, CDC analysis says

Mar 23, 2010 - 06:19 am .- A new data analysis by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows HIV/AIDS and syphilis are taking a “heavy toll” among men who engage in homosexual relations. Their risk of HIV and syphilis infection is 40 times greater than that of men who do not practice homosexuality.

Archbishop Conti: Secularism threatens ‘fundamental rupture’ in Scottish society

Mar 23, 2010 - 03:12 am .- Speaking in a recent homily, Archbishop of Glasgow Mario Conti discussed the anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in Scotland and the place of the Church in modern society. He warned against a looming “fundamental rupture” in efforts to eliminate faith from public discourse.

Iraqi archbishop optimistic about election’s consequences for Christians

Mar 23, 2010 - 01:07 am .- Almost all Catholics who fled Mosul in the run-up to the March 7 election have returned home, according to the latest reports. The Archbishop of Kirkuk said he was “very optimistic” that security would improve and minority groups, including Christians, would have a bigger voice because of the election’s outcome.

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