Archive of March 30, 2009

English and Welsh bishops prepare new document on Church’s social doctrine

Mar 30, 2009 - 11:36 pm .- The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has announced it’s drafting a new document on the Church’s social teaching in response to concern over the global financial crisis. The bishops plan to explain how the Church’s social teaching springs from the message of the Gospel.

Say 'yes' to feminine genius, delegates urge at conference

Mar 30, 2009 - 09:02 pm .- During a recent gathering on the role of women in promoting human rights, Cardinal Renato Martino and some 100 delegates from organizations that work for the rights of women expressed the urgent need to say “yes” to the feminine genius, to life and to the family, in order to adequately promote the defense of human rights.

More African Catholics voice support for Pope

Mar 30, 2009 - 07:24 pm .- On Sunday African Catholics gathered in Saint Peter’s Square to support Pope Benedict’s comments on AIDS prevention and condom promotion. About a hundred gathered to wave African flags and show banners that read “Africa Loves the Pope.”

Papal ceremonies for Holy Week published

Mar 30, 2009 - 07:14 pm .- Today the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff published the calendar of ceremonies to be presided over by Benedict XVI during Holy Week.

Anthony Williams withdraws application for Knights of Malta

Mar 30, 2009 - 05:55 pm .- Yesterday, Order of Malta Federal President Noreen Falcone wrote members of the Order saying that former Washington D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams had retracted his application to the Order due to protests from members.

Salesian describes success of papal visit to Africa, denounces poor coverage

Mar 30, 2009 - 05:35 pm .- Fr. Filiberto Rodríguez, Superior of the Salesian Vice-Province in Angola, wrote a letter this week sharing his impressions of the successful visit to Africa by Pope Benedict XVI, as well as some criticism of the media coverage.

Sebelius Communion ban to apply in Washington

Mar 30, 2009 - 05:26 pm .- According to the Washington Times, Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington plans to maintain the pastoral request Kathleen Sebelius’ bishop made in 2007 asking her not to receive Communion.

Holy Father emphasizes reflecting on the Passion of Christ as Easter approaches

Mar 30, 2009 - 04:08 pm .- Prior to Sunday’s Angelus, the Holy Father celebrated Mass at the parish of the Holy Face of Jesus, in Rome.  He reminded the parishioners that God is always near, especially in times of suffering and encouraged them to reflect on Jesus’ mindset as he entered into his crucifixion and death.

Weigel and Kmiec lock horns over Notre Dame at the Chicago Tribune

Mar 30, 2009 - 02:01 pm .- On Sunday, the Chicago Tribune invited the Catholic scholars Professor Douglas W. Kmiec and George Weigel to express their opposing views about the controversial invitation of President Barack Obama to give the commencement address at the Catholic University of Notre Dame.

Another Mexican state approves reform blocking abortion

Mar 30, 2009 - 01:17 pm .- The Congress of the State of Jalisco has approved a reform of the state constitution so that it protects the right to life of the unborn from the moment of conception.

Vatican’s China commission meets to examine local Church life

Mar 30, 2009 - 11:04 am .- Last Saturday it was announced by the Vatican press office that the commission studying the importance of the Catholic Church in China since 2007 will meet at the Vatican March 30 – April 1.

‘Reproductive rights’ to top of U.S. foreign policy agenda, Secretary Clinton says

Mar 30, 2009 - 10:24 am .- Speaking at Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s national conference in Houston this past Friday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that promoting “reproductive rights” –including abortion- will be at the top of the government’s international agenda.

Obama embryo research policy ‘a step backward,’ bioethics council members say

Mar 30, 2009 - 06:30 am .- Ten members of the President’s Council on Bioethics have issued a statement seeking to “clarify” President Barack Obama’s comments on human embryonic stem cell research. The council members said Obama’s policy is “a step backward” because it fails to reconcile the needs of research and moral concerns.

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