Archive of April 14, 2010

Catholic pro-life leader demands protection for abused, pregnant girls

Apr 14, 2010 - 10:09 pm .- The chairwoman of Alliance for the Family, Christine de Marcellus de Vollmer, denounced the media push to decriminalize abortion in Latin America by using the tragic cases of young, pregnant sexual abuse victims.  She then called on politicians to adequately protect and show solidarity with such girls and their unborn children.

Vatican paper says Beatles don't need absolution

Apr 14, 2010 - 07:22 pm .- On Wednesday, L’Osservatore Romano (LOR) followed up on an article from last Saturday’s edition which paid homage to the legacy of the Beatles. After reactions from international media and Ringo Starr cast the previous article as an attempt to grant "forgiveness" to the artists, the Vatican paper stated on Wednesday that there was "no need" for absolution.

Dissident asks Norway to facilitate 'dialogue between Cubans'

Apr 14, 2010 - 05:48 pm .- The coordinator of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Paya, has asked the government of Norway to facilitate dialogue between Cuban citizens wanting peaceful change and the country's leaders.

Beatification dates set for three Spaniards, three Italians and a Pole

Apr 14, 2010 - 03:23 pm .- The Holy See has announced the official dates for the upcoming beatifications of seven European candidates for sainthood. Three Spaniards, three Italians and a Pole will be beatified in the next three months, each in their respective countries.

Mexico City sees increase in church-goers over Holy Week, despite media attacks

Apr 14, 2010 - 01:49 pm .- Father Juan Jose Cedeno, the associate communications director for the Archdiocese of Mexico City reported this week that a massive number of Mexican faithful attended Holy Week services, despite the recent flood of media attacks on Pope Benedict XVI and the Catholic Church.

Fr. Lombardi: Bertone's linkage of pedophilia and homosexuality refers to cases in priesthood

Apr 14, 2010 - 11:58 am .- The relationship Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone spoke of in Chile this week between pedophilia and homosexuality refers to documented cases within the Church, said Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi. The link was made evident in statistics released by attorney, Monsignor Charles J Scicluna a month ago.

Expert affirms that happiness is possible while living in celibacy

Apr 14, 2010 - 11:52 am .- Speaking at the 31st Symposium on Theology held at the University of Navarra in Spain, the Symposium President Jutta Burggraf remarked that “it is possible to find happiness in celibacy.”  She explained that “happiness doesn't necessarily depend on whether one is married or single, but rather if one lives with or without love.”

Pope calls for solidarity after earthquake in China

Apr 14, 2010 - 10:49 am .- A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck western China on Wednesday morning, leaving hundreds dead and thousands injured. The Holy Father called for solidarity for the victims at the Wednesday General Audience, praying for the relief of suffering.

Voice of the Good Shepherd should be heard in priests, says Pope

Apr 14, 2010 - 10:20 am .- Pope Benedict XVI dedicated his weekly catechesis to the priestly duty of teaching the faith at today's General Audience. He told an estimated 35,000 people in St. Peter's Square that the duties of the priest, who acts in the person of Jesus, often put him in opposition to the popular culture.

Prop. 8 backers unsurprised as failed petition drive stalls repeal effort

Apr 14, 2010 - 06:05 am .- Backers of an initiative to redefine marriage in California have failed to gather enough signatures for the November ballot, an outcome which did not surprise a leader with the Proposition 8 campaign. Looking forward to a 2012 rematch on the issue, he says Californians’ support for marriage is deep but continued vigilance is warranted.

After coal mine disaster, West Virginia bishop calls for better miner safety

Apr 14, 2010 - 04:33 am .- Following the disastrous explosion that killed 29 miners at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia, Bishop Michael J. Bransfield has called for more measures to ensure safety for miners. He also reflected upon how Christians should understand the tragedy.

Vatican spokesman: Atheist campaign to arrest Pope is publicity stunt

Apr 14, 2010 - 02:20 am .- Dismissing an atheist campaign to arrest Pope Benedict XVI as “a stunt to get public attention,” Vatican spokesman Fr. Frederico Lombardi has said the Pope’s September visit to Britain will go forward. One campaign leader has in the past suggested that a Catholic upbringing is worse than many forms of child abuse.

New Nebraska law requires abortionists to evaluate risks for mother

Apr 14, 2010 - 12:32 am .- Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman has signed a bill into law that will require a physician to conduct a risk evaluation before performing an abortion on a woman to determine physical, psychological and other forms of risks for the mother.

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