Archive of April 15, 2010

Post-abortive women suffer from trauma similar to war veterans, says pro-life leader

Apr 15, 2010 - 09:57 pm .- Pro-life leader Carolina Beauregard explained this week that due to the fact that studies show that post-abortive women suffer from similar symptoms of trauma as war veterans, five Mexican states have adopted laws restricting abortion.

Mexican bishops reiterate 'zero tolerance' for pedophilia

Apr 15, 2010 - 05:48 pm .- The Bishops' Conference of Mexico praised Pope Benedict XVI this week for his efforts addressing clerical sexual abuse and underscored their own “zero tolerance” for such cases. 

Cardinal Ruini speaks on Pope Benedict and 'cleaning' of the Church

Apr 15, 2010 - 05:39 pm .- This "isn't the first time the Church has suffered," Cardinal Camillo Ruini said as he reflected on the current state of the Church in an interview with the Italian paper La Republica on Thursday.

Before attacks of the world, penance is a necessary grace, Pope Benedict says

Apr 15, 2010 - 04:54 pm .- "We must obey God instead of men," said the Holy Father in a memorable address to members of the Pontifical Biblical Commission at Mass on Thursday. During the course of the homily he also spoke of the "attacks of the world," a phrase that was interpreted by some news reports as the recent sex abuse scandals. Pope Benedict said that Catholics must respond to attacks by doing acts of penance.

Cardinal Hummes calls priests to Rome to close Year for Priests

Apr 15, 2010 - 02:23 pm .- "Come to Rome and God will bless you," the prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy Cardinal Claudio Hummes wrote in a letter to priests inviting the world's priests to Rome for the conclusion of the Year for Priests. The cardinal asked them to come to show that they are prepared to serve and that they support the Pope in trying times.

Bishops of Uruguay begin plenary assembly

Apr 15, 2010 - 01:58 pm .- Yesterday, the Bishops’ Conference of Uruguay opened its first Plenary Assembly of 2010 in the Uruguayan city of Florida. The meeting runs April 14-21.

Strong majority of priests are good men, affirms Mexican official

Apr 15, 2010 - 12:05 pm .- A high-ranking federal official in Mexico asserted this week that “the vast majority of priests are good men who work for a better country.” 

Benedict XVI emphasizes Real Presence of Jesus in Eucharist

Apr 15, 2010 - 10:52 am .- That "Jesus Christ continues alive and truly present in the consecrated host and the chalice" is the central point of the Catholic faith, Pope Benedict said on Thursday. He also warned against focusing the Mass on things other than the person of Jesus, especially adopting rites from other religions.

Christopher West taking break from speaking to reflect on advice

Apr 15, 2010 - 06:10 am .- Catholic speaker Christopher West has taken a six-month sabbatical at the Theology of the Body Institute after mutual agreement with the Institute’s board of directors. The popular presenter cited family obligations and the need to reflect on advice he has received about his teaching methods.

Several dead after Al Qaeda-linked militants bomb cathedral in Philippines

Apr 15, 2010 - 03:01 am .- Abu Sayyaf militants conducted a bombing assault on Isabela City in the Philippines on Tuesday morning, killing several people and severely damaging the Cathedral of St. Isabel. The local bishop said the cathedral was “totally” damaged.

California Catholic Lobby Day denies abortion solves state budget problems

Apr 15, 2010 - 01:23 am .- In anticipation of Catholic Lobby Day, the California Catholic Conference (CCC) has called for an end to state funding of abortions and a halt to taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood and similar groups. Noting the resistance to the cuts, it condemned the idea that abortion is a solution to budgetary social or personal problems.

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