Archive of February 26, 2009

Kansas late-term abortionist to face trial

Feb 26, 2009 - 11:27 pm .- A judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss the criminal case against Kansas late-term abortionist George Tiller, who has been accused of violating the state’s late-term abortion law.

Ash Wednesday services at Protestant university attract interest

Feb 26, 2009 - 09:27 pm .- Ash Wednesday services at Belmont University have become an annual tradition, with Bishop of Nashville David Choby joining Todd Lake, the school’s vice president of spiritual development, for the Wednesday service at the former Baptist school.

Fasting shows love and solidarity with the poor, says Argentinean cardinal

Feb 26, 2009 - 08:18 pm .- In his Lenten message, the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, said amidst the atmosphere of “sadness” on display in the streets of Argentina with so many going hungry and in poverty, the Lenten fast is a way of expressing “solidarity with those who fast involuntarily” and helps people overcome indifference.

Caritas Nigeria calls for aid for poor amidst global financial crisis

Feb 26, 2009 - 05:17 pm .- The office for development, justice and peace of Caritas Nigeria expressed concern this week over “the global recession and the consequences it is having on the poor in Nigeria, especially in relation to the global food crisis.”  The office issued its statement at the conclusion of its coordinating meeting in Abuja calling on the international community for aid.

Fr. Thomas Rosica named consultor to Pontifical Social Communications Council

Feb 26, 2009 - 05:14 pm .- This morning Fr. Thomas Rosica CSB was appointed as a consultor to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. Speaking to CNA, the priest said that he sees this as the Pope entrusting a special responsibility to the Church in Canada.

Court rulings on Education for the Citizenry fail to address main concern, cardinal says

Feb 26, 2009 - 03:35 pm .- The new Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Cardinal Antonio Canizares, warned this week that the recent Supreme Court rulings in Spain on the school course Education for the Citizenry do not resolve concerns that parents be able to decide how their children are morally formed.

Bishop Williamson expresses ‘regret’ for Holocaust comments’ effects

Feb 26, 2009 - 03:02 pm .- Society of St. Pius X Bishop Richard Williamson has expressed regret to the Church and to Holocaust victims and their relatives for the harm caused by his remarks on Swedish television minimizing Jewish suffering in the Holocaust. He also apologized to those who took "honest scandal" from his comments.

Cardinal Rivera demands priests be allowed to deliver sacraments in hospitals

Feb 26, 2009 - 01:57 pm .- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, has complained that priests and extraordinary ministers of Communion are not being allowed to enter public hospitals in the Mexican capital, in violation of the right of patients to receive spiritual attention.

Fire at Chicago cathedral doesn’t stop parish life

Feb 26, 2009 - 12:46 pm .- As workers cleaned up Holy Name Cathedral and evaluated the damage caused by a Feb. 4 fire, clergy and parishioners got on with the business of worship.

Pope calls Catholics to prayer and sacrifice during Lent

Feb 26, 2009 - 11:49 am .- Pope Benedict began Lent yesterday by presiding over Mass at the Church of Saint Sabina and calling on Catholics to enter the period of conversion through frequent contact with the Word of God, more intense prayer and a penitential lifestyle. Let these be “a stimulus to convert and to love our brothers and sisters, especially the poor and needy," he said.

Targeted Proposition 8 supporter urges Catholics to ‘stand up’ despite critics

Feb 26, 2009 - 06:05 am .- The owner of a family-owned ice cream shop and restaurant in Sacramento who has been targeted by angry phone calls and e-mails and obscene Valentine’s Day cards because of his support for the Proposition 8 campaign says Catholics should “stand up” for marriage despite the consequences and the “lies” of extremist activists.

Bishop asks university to consider closing Diversity Institute

Feb 26, 2009 - 03:06 am .- Following controversy over the Diversity Institute at Misericordia University’s hosting of a homosexual activist, Bishop of Scranton Joseph F. Martino has asked the university to seriously consider discontinuing the institute and to explain its efforts to teach Catholic sexual morality.

‘Fund to Protect Human Life’ established at Notre Dame

Feb 26, 2009 - 01:18 am .- A new fund for pro-life activities has been established at the University of Notre Dame under the auspices of the Center for Ethics and Culture. The Notre Dame Fund to Protect Human Life aims to support pro-life activities at both student and university levels.

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