Archive of May 5, 2011

Don't encourage Arab revolutions, Melkite patriarch tells Western leaders

May 5, 2011 - 07:47 pm .- Patriarch Gregorios III, the Syria-based head of the Melkite Greek-Catholic Church, is warning Western leaders not to encourage the revolutions currently shaking up the Middle East.

Pope sees 'systematic denial' of religious freedom looming

May 5, 2011 - 03:55 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI warned members of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences that religious freedom is coming under a renewed attack, from forces he compared to the totalitarian powers of the twentieth century.

Doctor from Haiti says post-quake help must continue

May 5, 2011 - 02:05 pm .- Although the Haitian people are grateful for all that has been accomplished since the devastating earthquake shook Haiti 16 months ago, they need the generous aid and deep commitment to continue.

Deceased cardinal praised for commitment to the Church

May 5, 2011 - 01:58 pm .- Archbishop Carlos Osoro of Valencia, Spain praised his predecessor for a life of “service to the Church through love,” as he spoke at the funeral Mass for Spanish Cardinal Agustin Garcia-Gasco.

Cardinal Burke to pray outside Texas abortion clinic

May 5, 2011 - 12:48 pm .- Top Vatican official Cardinal Raymond L. Burke is set to pray and speak out against abortion at Planned Parenthood's new facility expansion in Texas.

Vatican decries Canadian bishop's actions, offers prayers for diocese

May 5, 2011 - 10:53 am .- The Vatican condemned “sexual exploitation in all its forms” and offered prayers for those affected by a Canadian bishop who recently plead guilty to importing child pornography into the country.

Cathedral protests in Egypt won’t threaten peace, missionary says

May 5, 2011 - 10:02 am .- The Coptic Christians of Egypt have announced a march of one million people to protect the Cathedral of San Marco from the protests of a Muslim group.

UN could move to target criticism of Islam as 'hate speech'

May 5, 2011 - 05:49 am .- Muslim countries may seek a United Nations resolution that would brand criticism of Islam and other religions as “hate speech,” a top U.S. religious freedom official is warning.

House passes permanent ban on abortion funding

May 5, 2011 - 12:53 am .- The U.S. House of Representatives passed a permanent ban on taxpayer funding for abortion across all federal programs, including those created by last year’s health care legislation.

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