Archive of March 27, 2009

African students in Rome organize protest in defense of the Pope

Mar 27, 2009 - 11:04 pm .- African students in Rome have convened a large protest to remind the international community of the inalienable rights of Africans, express their disagreement with the distortion of Pope Benedict XVI’s comments on condoms and with the companies seeking to profit from selling prophylactics in Africa.

Record flood causes Catholic Charities North Dakota to call on priests

Mar 27, 2009 - 05:50 pm .- Flooding has reached ‘code red’ status in parts of Fargo as river levels eclipse a 1897 record, causing Catholic Charities to call on all priests in the diocese to assist with the recovery effort by filling sandbags, assisting with counseling and tending to other vital needs.

As floodwaters rise in Fargo, Bishop Aquila prays for hope and strength

Mar 27, 2009 - 05:39 pm .- As the waters of the Red River rise to record levels, Bishop of Fargo Samuel Aquila has emphasized the irreplaceable nature of human life and has praised the “wonderful” work of those combating the flood. He has also prayed for hope and strength for the disaster’s victims.

Chilean bishop: 'Every human has right to exist'

Mar 27, 2009 - 05:24 pm .- During a Mass celebrating the Day of the Unborn Child on Wednesday, Auxiliary Bishop Fernando Chomali of Santiago, Chile urged the faithful to respect the life of the unborn, saying every human has the right to exist and to flourish.

Hillary Clinton leaves flowers for Our Lady of Guadalupe, asks ‘Who painted it?’

Mar 27, 2009 - 03:59 pm .- During her recent visit to Mexico, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made an unexpected stop at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe and left a bouquet of white flowers “on behalf of the American people,” after asking who painted the famous image.

Marathon to link Jerusalem with Rome coinciding with papal visit to Israel

Mar 27, 2009 - 03:55 pm .- A marathon will link the cities of Jerusalem and Rome between April 23 and May 27, thus coinciding with Pope Benedict XVI’s May 8-15 visit to Israel.

Bishop of Queretaro inaugurates first Shrine for Life in Mexico

Mar 27, 2009 - 01:41 pm .- Bishop Mario de Gasperin Gasperin celebrated a special Mass on Wednesday inaugurating the first Shine for Life in Mexico. The shrine is dedicated to promoting the defense of life from conception to natural death.

Argentinean government rejects bishops’ statement

Mar 27, 2009 - 11:59 am .- Just a few short hours after the executive committee of the Bishops’ Conference of Argentina issued a statement calling for social peace in the country, the Minister of Justice, Anibal Fernandez, rebuked the bishops and said the government doesn’t need or want the Church’s help.

Pope and president of Cyprus discuss reunification efforts

Mar 27, 2009 - 10:12 am .- Pope Benedict XVI received the President of Cyprus at the Vatican Apostolic Palace today, where the two leaders discussed their hopes for reunification of the island nation as well as other international situations.

Pro-Obama Catholics need to ‘step up’ and respond to president’s policies, official says

Mar 27, 2009 - 06:46 am .- Pro-Obama Catholics and Catholic organizations should “step up” and respond to the pro-abortion “rights” president’s policy decisions, George Wesolek, the Director of Public Policy and Social Concerns for the Archdiocese of San Francisco said in a recent article.

Media effort draws faithful back to Church

Mar 27, 2009 - 06:08 am .- An estimated 92,000 inactive Catholics have come back to the Church in the last year thanks in large part to the groundbreaking Catholics Come Home television advertising campaign.

Obama’s first judicial nominee blocked Indiana abortion law

Mar 27, 2009 - 04:04 am .- President Barack Obama’s first judicial nominee’s record includes judicial decisions which obstructed the enforcement of Indiana’s informed consent law requiring women to be told the risks of abortion.

Catholics United denies White House ‘tip’ on Sebelius nomination

Mar 27, 2009 - 01:38 am .- On Wednesday, Chris Korzen of Catholics United welcomed Notre Dame’s decision to host President Barack Obama and expressed his frustration with the opposition of many Catholics to the invitation. Some, though, have suggested that the group was so quick to express support for Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ nomination to be the next HHS Secretary because they were tipped by the White House, a claim they deny.

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