Archive of March 16, 2009

Elimination of child credits for most of families in Madrid is step backwards

Mar 16, 2009 - 10:47 pm .- The president of the Institute for Family Policy in Madrid, Mariano Martinez Aedo, said last week the elimination of child credits for most families in the Spanish capital is a step backwards and the breaking of a campaign promise by the president of the Community of Madrid, Esperanza Aguirre.

Bishop criticizes reproductive technology’s ‘procreation without sex’

Mar 16, 2009 - 08:01 pm .- Bishop of Orlando, Florida Thomas G. Wenski has written an editorial for the Orlando Sentinel stressing the dignity of the human embryo. Noting the ways some medical reproductive technologies “devalue the meaning of human sexuality itself,” he condemned “procreation without sex.”

Mexican state of Puebla approves pro-life from of constitution

Mar 16, 2009 - 06:10 pm .- The Congress of Mexican state of Puebla has approved a reform of the state constitution granting protection to human life from conception to natural death. The move is intended to ward off efforts to legalize abortion throughout the country.

Catholic school attacked in Ivory Coast over national education policy

Mar 16, 2009 - 05:22 pm .- The Salesian Info Agency reported last week that Muslim and Christian students from the Don Bosco Salesian Institute in Korhogo, Ivory Coast did not respond violently to attacks by 200 young people “armed with clubs and machetes” who suddenly entered the Institute and forced the students, teachers and other staff to suspend lessons and leave the school.

Controversial Conn. legislators propose and withdraw ‘disastrous’ suicide bill

Mar 16, 2009 - 04:31 pm .- The Connecticut legislators who sponsored a quickly withdrawn bill targeting the Catholic Church for financial and organizational restructuring have now introduced and hastily withdrawn a “disastrous” bill which would legalize assisted suicide in the state.

Cameroon archbishop says country awaits Pope’s visit with enthusiasm

Mar 16, 2009 - 02:20 pm .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Cameroon, Archbishop Simon-Victor Tonye Bakot, said in a recent interview that the entire country “awaits with enthusiasm the Holy Father’s  visit,” which will begin on March 17.

Benedict XVI announces special year for priests, warns of ‘dilution’ of priestly ministry

Mar 16, 2009 - 01:16 pm .- Meeting with members of the Congregation for Clergy this morning, the Holy Father announced that the Church will celebrate a special year for priests beginning on June 19, 2009.  The year will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death of St. Jean Vianney, Cure of Ars.

Cardinal Ruini encourages recovering sense of belonging to the Catholic Church

Mar 16, 2009 - 12:51 pm .- The Vicar Emeritus of the Pope for the Diocese of Rome, Cardinal Camillo Ruini, encouraged the faithful last week to recover the sense of ecclesial belonging, that is, to experience anew “the joy and gratitude of being part of the Catholic Church.”

Vatican website prepares Chinese section for launch

Mar 16, 2009 - 09:28 am .- As part of its increased efforts to unite the Church in Asia and around the world, the Vatican is dedicating a Chinese section of its website on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, patron of the Universal Church.

Celebrating St. Patrick’s day during Lent

Mar 16, 2009 - 08:24 am .- On Mar. 17, the Catholic Church especially honors St. Patrick – Catholic bishop, “Apostle of Ireland” and one of the most well-loved and celebrated saints of all time. From special Masses to parades, the world rejoices on St. Patrick’s day.

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