Archive of April 2, 2009

Five thousand Spanish youth to receive WYD Cross in Rome

Apr 2, 2009 - 11:50 pm .- A red sea of five thousand Spanish youth will be in Rome April 3-6 to receive the World Youth Day Cross from their Australian peers, which will be taken to Spain for WYD 2011 in Madrid.

Catholics must announce and witness to the Gospel, instructs Holy Father

Apr 2, 2009 - 10:12 pm .- The Holy Father spoke today of the importance of evangelization through the witness of one’s life and by sharing the Gospel message as he spoke to a second group of Argentinean bishops at the Vatican.

Spanish expert uncovers connection between Socialist leader and Planned Parenthood

Apr 2, 2009 - 08:11 pm .- Spanish expert David del Fresno has published a report on the career of Leire Pajin, Secretary of Organization of the Socialist Party, exposing her connections with the International Planned Parenthood Federation, which explains Pajin’s vocal support of legal abortion in Spain.

Archbishop Beltran: 'Notre Dame has certainly turned against the Catholic Church'

Apr 2, 2009 - 05:21 pm .- Archbishop Eusebius J. Beltran of Oklahoma City has sent a letter to University of Notre Dame President John Jenkins in which he says that “Notre Dame University has certainly turned against the Catholic Church,” and that he is “appalled, disappointed, and scandalized” by the school's honoring of President Obama.

Vatican official says beatification cause of John Paul II moving forward

Apr 2, 2009 - 04:29 pm .- In an interview with Vatican Radio, the prefect for the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints, Archbishop Angelo Amato, revealed some details about the beatification cause of the Servant of God, John Paul II, who died four years ago on April 2.

Vatican says arrest of Chinese bishop creates obstacles to dialogue

Apr 2, 2009 - 01:49 pm .- As a meeting on the Church in China drew to a close yesterday, news reached participants that Bishop Julius Jia Zhiguo, 74, was re-arrested. The Vatican has reacted by saying the move creates "obstacles to that constructive dialogue" that the Church has been trying to establish with government authorities.

Congressman Smith: Mrs. Clinton, choose either Our Lady of Guadalupe or Margaret Sanger

Apr 2, 2009 - 01:25 pm .- In an impassionate address to the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Congressmen Chris Smith (R-NJ,) argued that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the speech delivered immediately after, in Houston, Texas, during Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger Award  were completely inexcusable.

Follow John Paul II’s example and stand for truth of Christ, Pope tells youth

Apr 2, 2009 - 01:18 pm .- During the solemn Mass celebrated for the 4th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s death, Pope Benedict XVI encouraged young people to follow the example of his predecessor, who did not accept any compromise when the Truth was at stake.

Judge manipulates statements by Father Lombardi to push for abortion in Nicaragua

Apr 2, 2009 - 12:05 pm .- The vice president of the Supreme Court of Nicaragua, Justice Rafael Solis, said this week a draft ruling exists to decriminalize abortion in the country, and to the surprise of many, he argued that the ruling would be based on one of Pope Benedict XVI’s discourses in Angola.

Guest column launched on CNA to discuss a variety of topics

Apr 2, 2009 - 10:40 am .- CNA’s newest addition to the site, a new column titled “Guest Columnist” plans to draw from a variety of columnists on a wide range of issues pertaining to Catholics today, such as life issues, the family, Church teachings, current events and politics.

Holy See proposes alternative to new U.S. population policy

Apr 2, 2009 - 09:22 am .- Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, delivered a strongly worded speech yesterday, sharply criticizing the  “population reduction” mentality defended by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at a Planned Parenthood gala last Friday.

‘Bella’ star Verástegui returns from Sudanese relief trip

Apr 2, 2009 - 07:24 am .- Returning from a tour of relief projects in the Sudan, both the star and producer of the movie “Bella” praised the work while drawing attention to the plight of the Sudanese people. The two emphasized the need to put faith in action.

Churchgoing Catholics strongly oppose abortion but divided on embryonic stem-cell research

Apr 2, 2009 - 05:25 am .- A new Gallup Poll reports that a strong majority of churchgoing Catholics do not think abortion is morally acceptable. However, it claims about half of churchgoing Catholics dissent from Catholic morality on matters of sexual morality, divorce and human embryo research.

New president of Cuban bishops’ conference urges faithful not to fear change

Apr 2, 2009 - 04:07 am .- In an interview with the magazine Palabra Nueva, Archbishop Dionisio Garcia Ibanez, the new president of the Bishops’ Conference of Cuba, called on all Cubans not to fear change, but noted that the will of the Church to "serve and be here together with the people" will remain unchanged.

Poland to mark fourth anniversary of John Paul II’s passing

Apr 2, 2009 - 03:50 am .- On Thursday Poland will mark the fourth anniversary of the death of Servant of God Pope John Paul II with prayers, poetry and music as a website advocates for his beatification.

Iraqi Christians have ‘great hope’ in ‘tragic’ situation, Kirkuk archbishop says

Apr 2, 2009 - 12:01 am .- Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Kirkuk Louis Sako, lamenting the number of Iraqi Christians who have been murdered or driven into exile by persecution, has said that the Christian community possesses “great hope” amid the “tragedy” of its circumstances.

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