Archive of February 11, 2009

Church in Colombia reiterates willingness to facilitate dialogue

Feb 11, 2009 - 10:37 pm .- During his opening remarks for the 86th Plenary Assembly of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Archbishop Ruben Salazar underscored that the Catholic Church is always open to “profound dialogue with all parties. We are willing to become involved as facilitators, to do our part to support peace.”

Security increased at Nunciature and Bishops’ Conference in Venezuela

Feb 11, 2009 - 08:53 pm .- The newspaper El Diaro Catolico of Venezuela reported this week that in the wake of recent terrorist attacks the Venezuelan government has granted military protection to the Apostolic Nunciature and the offices of the Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference in Caracas.

Divine Mercy Shrine planned for West Coast

Feb 11, 2009 - 06:17 pm .- The Divine Mercy Eucharistic Society (DMES) in California is trying to establish a Divine Mercy Shrine on 100 acres near the San Francisco Bay Area to be a place of mercy, refuge, renewal and healing.

Education for the Citizenry praises Supreme Court

Feb 11, 2009 - 04:08 pm .- The organization Professionals for Ethics has denounced the curious praise the CIVES Foundation has offered to the Supreme Court of Spain for its ruling on the course Education for the Citizenry when the contents of the ruling “have not yet been written.”

International Federation of Catholic Doctors says Eluana Englaro was killed

Feb 11, 2009 - 02:39 pm .- The president of the International Federation of Associations of Catholic Doctors, Simon Castellvi, has issued a statement on the case of Eluana Englaro, the Italian comatose woman who died after her feeding tubes were removed, saying, “Neither as doctors, nor as Christians nor as persons can we accept what was done to Eluana.  A human being can never be left without food. Eluana was alive and they killed her.”

Pope uses 'ladder' of St. John Climacus to promote conversion

Feb 11, 2009 - 11:44 am .- After 20 catecheses devoted to St. Paul, Pope Benedict XVI returned to his teachings on the great Christian writers of both East and West, reflecting on St. John Climacus. The Holy Father held up St. John Climacus, whose name means "ladder," and whose greatest work is titled “Ladder of Paradise,” as a reminder of the need for “continual conversion and purification with the help of the Holy Spirit.”

Pope sends condolences for victims of forest fires in Australia

Feb 11, 2009 - 10:53 am .- Pope Benedict XVI sent a telegram to the Governor-General of Australia, Quentin Bryce, expressing his condolences and spiritual closeness to the families and victims of the forest fires that have caused the deaths of more than 200 people in the southern part of the country.

Talk show to discuss possible abortion-breast cancer link

Feb 11, 2009 - 04:26 am .- An upcoming episode of “Facing Life Head-On” will discuss the possible link between abortion and breast cancer and purports to expose the “irregular relationship” between the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer organization and Planned Parenthood.

Catholics in Alliance study on abortion reduction found to be faulty

Feb 11, 2009 - 04:09 am .- Until recently, a Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good study of abortion data claimed that increased spending on welfare programs results in substantial reductions in state abortion rates but many pro-life laws do not. However, the study’s results have been revised following the discovery that incorrect abortion data was used and after criticism from a professor ...

EU recognizes new party dedicated to ‘a culture embracing life’

Feb 11, 2009 - 12:43 am .- A leader of Libertas, a new European Union political party dedicated to “individual freedom, democracy, and a culture embracing life” says the party has now been formally recognized despite “the best efforts by Brussels.”

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