Apr 30, 2010 - 10:06 pm .- President of the Red Pro Yucatan Network, Ivette Laviada, called for the protection of a 11-year-old pregnant girl from Quintana Roo, Mexico, saying that abortion would only bring more tragedy to her life. The girl is currently receiving care and assistance from pro-life groups.
Apr 30, 2010 - 09:03 pm .- The U.S. Senate’s introduction of a proposed framework on immigration reform is “an important first step” towards a comprehensive measure, the U.S. bishops have said. They urged bipartisan legislation which “affirms the rule of law and basic human rights,” but also said they “strongly oppose” the idea of extending “marriage-like” immigration benefits to same-sex relationships.
Apr 30, 2010 - 08:02 pm .- An elderly Catholic priest was found dead at home in a small eastern Venezuelan town Thursday morning. While some reports claim the priest was a victim of a robbery, authorities are still investigating the crime.
Apr 30, 2010 - 06:04 pm .- Archbishop Emeritus Alberto Giraldo Jaramillo of Medellin said just hours before formally handing over the reigns of the archdiocese that building peace in the country is possible, but it must be done with dialogue and respect.
Apr 30, 2010 - 06:04 pm .- Members of the Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project are preparing for their upcoming conference that will take place at Rome’s Pontifical University of the Holy Cross May 27-29. The group seeks to bring together philosophers, theologians, psychologists, physicians, scientists, and artists to unpack the original insights of Dietrich von Hildebrand's most important philosophical work, “The Nature of Love.”
Apr 30, 2010 - 05:25 pm .- Cardinal Paul Augustin Mayer, priest of the Benedictine order, who headed a Vatican department dedicated to the liturgy, and then later, one dedicated to achieving reconciliation with the St. Pius X Society, died Friday morning at the age of 98.
Apr 30, 2010 - 04:20 pm .- The city of Turin is preparing for the arrival of Pope Benedict and an estimated 100,000 other pilgrims this weekend. The city's archbishop told reporters on Thursday, that he hopes the visit will be celebrated in the future and serve as an impetus for increased evangelization.
Apr 30, 2010 - 02:02 pm .- The president of Laity for Colombia, Carlos Corsi Otalora, noted this week that those attacking Pope Benedict XVI over cases of pedophilia are doing so because they do not support Christian sexual morality.
Apr 30, 2010 - 12:52 pm .- The global economic crisis has shown not only the fragility of the system but also the flawed assumption that the market is capable of correcting itself, said the Pope on Friday. He added that economic questions should always maintain an appreciation for the human dimension.
Apr 30, 2010 - 12:03 pm .- The National Association for the Defense of the Right to Conscientious Objection (ANDOC) has criticized Health Secretary Jose Martinez Olmos for calling the sale of the morning-after pill in pharmacies a triumph. The organization explained that by increasing the availability of the pill, ideological criteria has prevailed over scientific and health care concerns.
Apr 30, 2010 - 11:32 am .- The Holy Father emphasized the value of music to the education of new generations after a concert given by a youth orchestra to commemorate the completion of his fifth year as Pontiff. According to the Pope, music "can open hearts and minds to the spiritual dimension" and contribute to a better future for mankind.
Apr 30, 2010 - 11:15 am .- The President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, offered a concert on Thursday evening in commemoration of the five year anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI's pontificate. In his address beforehand, the president was clear in his support for the Pope and his appreciation for priests throughout the nation.
Apr 30, 2010 - 10:13 am .- On Friday, the Vatican Press Office released the Holy Father's prayer intentions for the month of May. In his intentions, the Pontiff prays for an end to the trafficking of millions of women and children.
Apr 30, 2010 - 08:48 am .- Responding to claims that pro-life groups opportunistically used pro-life concerns to stop the recent health care reform bill’s passage, the editors of Public Discourse have defended the pro-lifers’ strategy as a non-partisan and “independent” response to the “hollowness” of the legislation’s treatment of abortion funding.
Apr 30, 2010 - 06:35 am .- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced that 13 additional human embryonic stem cell lines have been approved for federal funding and added to its Stem Cell Registry.
Apr 30, 2010 - 04:03 am .- Though areas of Sudan have reported peaceful elections, a bishop in the south of the country warns that genocidal violence could begin again. The transformation of political disputes into serious conflict is now “a likely scenario,” he says.
Apr 30, 2010 - 02:52 am .- A Cuban immigrant living in Spain stated this week that the Socialist government’s mandatory education course, “Education for the Citizenry,” reminds him of the indoctrination students receive in Cuba under the Castro regime.
Apr 30, 2010 - 12:57 am .- Catholic Action of Argentina has called on the country’s lawmakers not to redefine marriage in Argentina, saying it is a natural institution based on the heterosexuality of the couple and cannot be viewed as discriminatory.