Apr 16, 2010 - 10:04 pm .- The Spanish Federation of Pro-Life Associations warned this week that while “Spain has gone crazy” with its new law on abortion, the region of Andalucia, “has completely lost its way” as it is offering discounts for abortions.
Apr 16, 2010 - 07:05 pm .- On Friday morning, President Obama granted hospital visitation rights to individuals who are not married or blood related to patients, including homosexual couples. While the Catholic Heath Association supported the move, the Family Research Council expressed concern that the directive “undermines the definition of marriage.”
Apr 16, 2010 - 05:57 pm .- The Spanish organization, Professionals for Ethics has published a pamphlet titled, “The Sexual Education the Government Wants to Give Your Children.” In it, the group breaks down “the key points of the section on education in the new abortion law and why the State cannot impose a specific morality on citizens.”
Apr 16, 2010 - 04:38 pm .- Following Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone’s comments in Chile about a link existing between homosexuality and pedophilia in cases of clerical sexual abuse, both Church officials and secular figures clarified his statement. But Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons, a psychiatrist with experience treating sexually abusive priests, told CNA that the cardinal's statement is accurate.
Apr 16, 2010 - 04:08 pm .- Concelebrating with the bishops of Poland, Cardinal Angelo Sodano will preside over a public funeral Mass for the victims of the plane crash that claimed nearly one hundred lives last Saturday. Before the funeral Mass this coming Sunday, the cardinal will lead a second Mass before the burial of Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria.
Apr 16, 2010 - 02:17 pm .- On Friday, Pope Benedict XVI met with members of the Papal Foundation during their annual pilgrimage to Rome. He thanked them for their contributions to the charities that he supports and reminded them that our future is in God's hands.
Apr 16, 2010 - 01:49 pm .- Archbishop of Madrid Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, sent a letter of condolence to the President of the Bishops’ Conference of Poland, Bishop Jozef Michalik, expressing sorrow for the airline crash in Smolenk, Russia, last Saturday.
Apr 16, 2010 - 12:16 pm .- Late Thursday afternoon, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi released a statement about a letter from 2001 in which a cardinal appears to applaud a French bishop for his decision to not report a case of priestly sexual abuse to civil authorities. The spokesman said that cases such as this one highlight the importance of changes that were made giving the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith jurisdiction over cases of sexual abuse of minors.
Apr 16, 2010 - 11:57 am .- Patricia Lopez Mancera of the Center for Women’s Studies and Comprehensive Formation in Cancun, Mexico said this week that medical care must be guaranteed for a nine year-old girl named Amalia who is 14 weeks pregnant as a result of being sexually abused by her supposed stepfather.
Apr 16, 2010 - 11:31 am .- Members of the Pontifical Council for Health Care and a diverse group of hospital chaplains from all over the globe are on pilgrimage to the French towns of Lourdes and Ars this week. The journey of “prayer and renewal” is just the latest initiative promoted by the pontifical council in its jubilee year.
Apr 16, 2010 - 10:20 am .- Just one day before his first Apostolic Journey for 2010, Pope Benedict XVI is celebrating his 83rd birthday today. This afternoon he will spend some time resting as the final preparations are being made for his whirlwind trip to the Mediterranean island of Malta.
Apr 16, 2010 - 04:17 am .- A survey of parents sponsored by the U.S. bishops find they are deeply concerned about content in media and want help from the media industry and government to control children’s access to it.
Apr 16, 2010 - 02:06 am .- The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin announced the upcoming installation of a first-class relic of St. Gianna Molla that will take place following a Mass which will honor the saint.
Apr 16, 2010 - 01:14 am .- A bishop in Sudan has expressed concern that allegations over foul play in the nation's recent elections could stir up a major political dispute and hinder progress towards democracy.
Apr 16, 2010 - 12:36 am .- Newcastle University experiments that create human embryos from three genetic parents kill and abuse human beings, a British pro-life group has said, reminding researchers that each embryo is “a member of the human family.”