Archive of March 18, 2009

Montreal hospital faces $3.5 million lawsuit for keeping disabled newborn alive

Mar 18, 2009 - 11:05 pm .- Montreal Children’s Hospital faces a $3.5 million lawsuit for allegedly putting a couple’s severely disabled newborn daughter back on life support without their consent.

Spanish bishops prepare to launch pro-life ad campaign

Mar 18, 2009 - 08:14 pm .- The secretary general of the Spanish Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Juan Antonio Martinez Camino, said the bishops’ ad campaign “Protect My Life!,” should remind all Spaniards that “it is necessary to protect life in all of its diversity,” especially the unborn, “who have no voice, but do have a right to life.”

Chilean bishops defend unborn from promise of presidential candidate

Mar 18, 2009 - 07:29 pm .- With a candidate for the Chilean presidency promising to legalize abortion if elected, the president of the Chilean Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Alejandro Goic Karmelic, issued a statement on Tuesday emphasizing that “the teaching of the Church in support of human life from conception to natural death is well-known by Catholics and the public at large.”

Holy Father points to St. Joseph as an example of fatherly sacrifice

Mar 18, 2009 - 06:45 pm .- Before a crowd of bishops, laity and leaders of other Christian faiths, Benedict XVI spoke on Wednesday evening at the Marie Reine des Apôtres Basilica, where he reminded the faithful to look to the example of St. Joseph and his “fatherhood in the daily tasks” of life.

Pope advises bishops on strengthening Church in Cameroon

Mar 18, 2009 - 05:33 pm .- Two days into his visit to Cameroon, Pope Benedict assessed the state of the Church in the country by meeting with the nation’s 31 bishops. Praising the high number of vocations and the involvement of the laity, the Holy Father offered ways to respond to the erosion of African family values, the spread of religious sects and proper celebration of the liturgy.

Cardinal George meets with President Obama to advance ‘common good’

Mar 18, 2009 - 04:20 pm .- Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago and President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, met with President Barack Obama on Wednesday afternoon. In their private meeting of about 30 minutes, they discussed the role of the Catholic Church in the U.S. and its relation to the new Administration.

Pope calls media’s ‘papal solitude’ theme a myth

Mar 18, 2009 - 01:57 pm .- Once Pope Benedict XVI’s flight to Africa was sufficiently underway yesterday, he took questions from reporters accompanying him on his trip. The Holy Father responded to the claim by some in the media that he is alone and isolated in his decisions, by calling it a "myth" and saying "I do not feel alone at all."

Colombian bishops deplore murder of two Redemptorist priests

Mar 18, 2009 - 01:30 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of Colombia issued a statement yesterday expressing its sorrow over the murder of two Redemptorist priests on Monday night in the town of La Primavera.

Canadian bishops investigating social arm for funding pro-abortion groups

Mar 18, 2009 - 11:57 am .- In a response to recent reports that the Canadian Catholic group, Development and Peace, a part of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops is funding abortion advocacy groups in Mexico and South America, the Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto has explained to CNA that the bishops are currently looking into the accuracy of the reports.

What the Pope really said about AIDS and condoms

Mar 18, 2009 - 11:35 am .- Yesterday the international media played host to a raft of experts railing against Pope Benedict’s brief words on the use of condoms in the fight against AIDS. However, the incident was the result of the Pope’s words being pulled from his defense of the Church’s personalistic approach to the AIDS crisis.

Pastor bars Florida VOTF from holding annual Mass over group’s restructuring efforts

Mar 18, 2009 - 06:20 am .- Citing Voice of the Faithful’s advocacy of church restructuring, the pastor of a Catholic church in Naples, Florida has barred the Southwest Florida VOTF affiliate from celebrating its annual Mass at the parish.

Catholic Church in Africa ‘best hope’ for peace, charity says

Mar 18, 2009 - 04:06 am .- As Pope Benedict XVI makes his first visit to Africa, the charity Aid to the Church in Need has highlighted both its own work and the growth of Catholicism on the continent, calling the Church Africa’s “best hope” for peace.

Israeli ambassador confirms Pope Benedict may wear cross at Western Wall

Mar 18, 2009 - 02:13 am .- Contrary to comments attributed to an Israeli rabbi, Pope Benedict XVI will not be barred from entering the holy area of Jerusalem’s Western Wall while wearing a cross.

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