Archive of March 31, 2009

Left-wing group in Spain voices support for right to life

Mar 31, 2009 - 10:35 pm .- The left-wing political group, Solidarity, in Spain has issued a press release explaining that its leftist ideology has led it to defend the right to life of the unborn from conception to natural death, in clear opposition to abortion.

Holy Cross Superior writes to Obama over Notre Dame invite

Mar 31, 2009 - 07:21 pm .- Today Holy Cross Superior General, Fr. Hugh W. Cleary, released an open letter to President Barack Obama addressing the Notre Dame scandal and claiming that Obama has “made a mistake” on his support for legalized abortion. However, Fr. Cleary said that he is unable to rescind the invitation since Notre Dame is legally seperate from the Holy Cross order.

Retiring Cardinal Egan to host final show on The Catholic Channel

Mar 31, 2009 - 05:49 pm .- Cardinal Edward Egan, the retiring Archbishop of New York, will host a retrospective covering his nine years in New York City in the final episode of his radio show “A Conversation with the Cardinal,” which will be broadcast on April 2.

Colombian bishop says dialogue rather than military force will resolve conflict

Mar 31, 2009 - 04:49 pm .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Archbishop Ruben Salazar, said this week that military force has never been the way to solve conflicts in the world and that Colombia should instead take the path of political dialogue.

Thousands march for life across Spain

Mar 31, 2009 - 02:50 pm .- Thousands of Spaniards gathered this week in Madrid for the "March for Life," which had as its theme, "There is no right to kill, there is only the right to live." The march was held in opposition to a plan to liberalize the country’s laws on abortion. Eighty seven simultaneous marches also took place in cities across Spain.

Argentinean archbishop rejects 'Spanish-style' apostasy campaign

Mar 31, 2009 - 01:31 pm .- During his weekly program, "Keys to a Better World," Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata in Argentina rejected the "campaign of collective apostasy" launched in the country that is similar to one in Spain in which ex-Catholics or those who wish to renounce their faith present letters of apostasy to the diocese with the request that their names be removed from baptismal registries.

Benedict XVI emphasizes importance of the human response to God’s call

Mar 31, 2009 - 11:10 am .- Today the Holy Father’s message for the 46th World Day of Prayer for Vocations was released by the Vatican press office. In his document, Pope Benedict speaks of discerning and trusting in God’s will in order to fulfill God’s plan for salvation.

Pope issues appeal for Red Cross workers abducted in Philippines

Mar 31, 2009 - 10:20 am .- As a 2 p.m. deadline for meeting Abu Sayyaf kidnappers' demands drew near yesterday, Pope Benedict issued an appeal calling for the release of the three Red Cross workers being held hostage.

Benedict XVI praying that the poor and hungry will receive material and spiritual food

Mar 31, 2009 - 10:15 am .- Just after completing his trip to Africa, Pope Benedict XVI has made his prayer intentions for April public. The intentions ask that rich countries will help the poor and hungry and that Christians can bring them hope.

Pope initiates Apostolic Visitation of the Legion of Christ

Mar 31, 2009 - 09:57 am .- Fr. Alvaro Corcuera, L.C., General Director of the Legionaries of Christ, announced Tuesday that Pope Benedict XVI has requested an Apostolic Visitation of the institutions of the Legionaries of Christ that will likely begin after Easter.

Planning for World Youth Day in Madrid begins

Mar 31, 2009 - 05:15 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has introduced his upcoming World Youth Day message, recalling “with deep gratitude” the 2008 event in Sydney and looking forward to the 2011 international event to be held in Madrid.

Office of Legal Council nominee criticized for ‘bizarre’ defenses of abortion

Mar 31, 2009 - 03:41 am .- Dawn Johnsen, nominee to head the White House Office of Legal Counsel, faces criticism from a pro-life group for her opposition to the federal partial-birth abortion ban and her comments characterizing pregnant mothers as “inevitable losers in the contraceptive lottery” and comparing pregnancy to slavery or being hit by a drunk driver.

U.S. State Department overlooks ‘especially dire’ religious freedom violations in Iraq

Mar 31, 2009 - 02:03 am .- Newly public information shows that the U.S. State Department in January rejected a recommendation that Iraq be named a Country of Particular concern due to “especially dire” threats to minorities’ religious freedoms. The State Department also granted waivers for Uzbekistan and Saudi Arabia, where religious freedom violations have been called “appalling.”

Archbishop encourages Spanish Catholics to oppose abortion with white ribbon

Mar 31, 2009 - 12:39 am .- Archbishop Javier Martinez of Granada encouraged Catholics in Spain to get involved in the different pro-life activities that are emerging, inviting them to wear a white bow during Holy Week as a sign of opposition to abortion.   

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