Archive of March 4, 2009

Italian Catholics sacrificing texting for Lent

Mar 4, 2009 - 10:29 pm .- After beginning in three Catholic dioceses of Italy, a campaign to give up text messages, social networking sites and computer games has spread to other parts in Italy.

Expert signals false opposition between 'Darwinism' and the Catholic Church

Mar 4, 2009 - 08:11 pm .- In an interview with the Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano, Gennaro Auletta, professor of Philosophy at the Pontifical Gregorian University has said that the teachings of the Church and Darwinism are not in complete opposition.  

New 'designer babies' make life a commodity, bioethicist says

Mar 4, 2009 - 06:22 pm .- A Los Angeles clinic has announced that it will help couples undergoing a form of fertility treatment screen their embryos for sex and desired physical characteristics such as eye color and height. One Catholic bioethicist is calling the practice as the “ultimate rejection” of the unfit.

Ethics group demands Spanish Television correct report on objecting parents

Mar 4, 2009 - 04:28 pm .- The organization Professionals for Ethics has sent a letter to Spanish Television (TVE) demanding it correct a report that claimed some of the parents objecting their children attending the school course Education for the Citizenry did so fraudulently.

Archbishop calls for end to electoral violence in El Salvador

Mar 4, 2009 - 02:31 pm .- Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar Alas of San Salvador has issued a strong call asking Salvadorans to stop the wave of violence that has shaken the country during the current campaign season.

Judge prevents pregnant mother from being abandoned

Mar 4, 2009 - 11:59 am .- Judge Sivanildo Torres Ferreira of Paraiba, Brazil ordered that prenatal care be guaranteed for a woman and her unborn child, citing a law intended to prevent women who are pregnant from being abandoned.

Bolivian bishop denies challenging officials to attend traditional Te Deum

Mar 4, 2009 - 11:46 am .- Bishop Jesus Juarez of El Alto in Bolivia denied reports this week that he had challenged the government to attend the traditional Te Deum Mass to mark the city of El Alto’s anniversary, but he did confirm that he invited the officials to attend the Mass and to pray together with the Catholic people “for progress in the region.”

In a world lacking hope, look to Jesus, Pope tells youth

Mar 4, 2009 - 11:27 am .- This morning Pope Benedict XVI made public his message for the 24th World Youth Day, which will be celebrated at the diocesan level this year. In his message, the Pope calls on young people to seek out true hope, a firm and reliable hope rooted in a personal encounter with Jesus.

Catholic schools in Israel prepare for papal visit

Mar 4, 2009 - 06:24 am .- In preparation for Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Israel, the country’s Catholic schools are preparing 500 hours of classes to explain the Pope, the history of the Catholic Church and the Vatican to their students.

Assisted suicide group expects ‘cultural shift’ in Washington state

Mar 4, 2009 - 02:38 am .- An assisted suicide group has announced it will compile a directory of physicians who will assist terminally ill patients seeking lethal medication prescriptions after a Washington state assisted suicide law takes effect on Thursday. The group expects a “cultural shift” in the state will encourage more doctors to assist in suicides.

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