Archive of March 20, 2009

Cardinal reminds Chileans that defending life is Church’s unchanging right

Mar 20, 2009 - 09:08 pm .- The prefect emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, Cardinal Jorge Medina Estevez, reminded Chileans this week that “defending life is an unchanging right” for the Church.  His comments came after media reports that some bishops might change their positions on “therapeutic” abortion. 

Cardinal prays to St. Joseph for society to recover respect for the unborn

Mar 20, 2009 - 06:30 pm .- Cardinal Agustin Garcia-Gasco prayed for the help of St. Joseph “for our society to recover the sense of respect for the unborn and to look upon them with hope.”  The men and women of our time “need to firmly reject the horror of abortion and of the destruction of embryos in order to say yes to life, yes to women in their generosity as mothers.”

Fifty civil organizations defend strengthening of right to life in Puebla

Mar 20, 2009 - 05:09 pm .- Some 50 civic organizations in the Mexican state of Puebla are defending the reform of the state’s constitution to protect the right to life from conception to natural death, thus preventing any attempt to legalize abortion and euthanasia from passing.

Pope meets with Angolan leaders, cautions against ‘reproductive health’ groups

Mar 20, 2009 - 04:11 pm .- Pope Benedict addressed civil leaders and bishops of Angola in a meeting at the Presidential Palace on Friday.  In his remarks, the Pontiff urged leaders to ‘transform the continent,’ and warned against programs that "claim that the termination of life is a matter of reproductive health!”

‘Seize the moment the Lord has given you,’ Pope exclaims as he departs for Angola

Mar 20, 2009 - 02:25 pm .- Preparing to depart Cameroon for Angola, the second stop of his African visit, the Holy Father addressed the country’s President Paul Biya, along with civil and religious leaders.  He recalled his stay in Cameroon and urged the officials to “seize the moment the Lord has given you,” in order to bring “healing and peace to your communities and your society.”

Pope offers guidance on creating reconciliation in Africa

Mar 20, 2009 - 02:17 pm .- Winding down his final day in Cameroon, Pope Benedict met with 12 members of the Special Council for Africa of the Synod of Bishops and spoke about the group’s upcoming meeting on promoting reconciliation, justice and peace on the war-torn continent.

Pope explains second prong of AIDS strategy

Mar 20, 2009 - 10:37 am .- On Thursday afternoon, after having celebrated Mass with 70,000 people, Pope Benedict traveled to a home for young people with disabilities or suffering from traumatic experiences. The Holy Father told the young people that they are not alone in their pain as he elaborated on the Church’s commitment to accompany those suffering, including AIDS patients.

Pope’s visit to Angola is great moment in country’s history, says bishop

Mar 20, 2009 - 10:24 am .- Bishop Filomeno Viera Dias of Cabinda said Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Angola, which begins today, constitutes “a great historic moment in the history of our people, our country, for reconciliation and the rebuilding of Angolan society, beginning with its deepest values.”

Religious rights groups defend minister placed in jail for quoting Bible to judge

Mar 20, 2009 - 08:52 am .- The Washington D.C.-based Becket Fund, a nonpartisan interfaith public-interest law firm dedicated to protecting the free expression of all religious traditions, announced on Tuesday that a coalition of a dozen religious and civil rights groups  have joined in asking a Michigan court of appeals to release a Christian minister accused of “threatening”  a judge with a Bible verse.

Catholic scholars square off over Obama’s ‘misleading’ stand on cloning

Mar 20, 2009 - 06:19 am .- President Barack Obama’s position on human cloning was debated in a recent e-mail exchange between Doug Kmiec and Robert P. George, with George insisting the president’s stated opposition to “reproductive” cloning is “misleading.”

U.S. pledges support for U.N. gender identity statement

Mar 20, 2009 - 04:56 am .- The United States supports the U.N. Statement on “Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity,” a State Department spokesman said on Wednesday. Critics of the statement, including the leader of the Holy See’s mission to the U.N., have expressed concern it is ill-defined and overbroad and could pressure states to recognize same-sex “marriage.”

Gov. Richardson repeals death penalty in New Mexico

Mar 20, 2009 - 03:17 am .- New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Wednesday signed legislation repealing New Mexico’s death penalty.

Bishop Martino’s meeting with university conditional on Catholic identity report

Mar 20, 2009 - 01:45 am .- Bishop of Scranton Joseph F. Martino on Wednesday announced that he will not meet with officials from Misericordia University until they make public specific information on the institution’s efforts to teach Catholic morality on sexuality and homosexuality. He also has required the school to discuss how it adheres to Catholic standards of higher education.

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