Archive of April 7, 2009

Law on abortion not only against God, it’s against man, says Spanish cardinal

Apr 7, 2009 - 11:03 pm .- The prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Cardinal Antonio Canizares, criticized the Spanish government’s plan to broaden the country’s laws on abortion, saying on Sunday that it “goes against man and not only against God’s will.”

Church warns against 'holy war' called for by followers of 'St. Death'

Apr 7, 2009 - 08:05 pm .- Father Hugo Valdemar, spokesman of the Archdiocese of Mexico City, warned this week about the “terrorist” nature of the call for a “holy war” against the Catholic Church by the leader of followers of “St. Death.”

Marquette bishop weighs in on Notre Dame scandal

Apr 7, 2009 - 06:15 pm .- Bishop Alexander Sample of Marquette, Michigan has joined the growing number of Catholic bishops and laity speaking out against Notre Dame’s invitation to President Obama. Bishop Sample called the university's decision to honor Obama is "unconscionable" and "completely out of step with the Catholic Church’s teaching."

Vermont becomes fourth state to legalize same-sex marriage

Apr 7, 2009 - 05:48 pm .- Today Vermont narrowly became the fourth state to legalize same-sex "marriage" joining Connecticut, Massachusetts and Iowa, despite opposition from the governor and the local Catholic bishop.

Cardinal Rubiano calls on FARC to cease hostilities and free hostages

Apr 7, 2009 - 04:09 pm .- The Archbishop of Bogota, Cardinal Pedro Rubiano Saenz, has called on the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC) to cease hostilities. He also reminded them that the country demands they free all hostages because doing so will allow them to “find a way to reintegrate themselves into society.”

Indian archbishop to draw meditations for Good Friday from personal visits

Apr 7, 2009 - 02:38 pm .- Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil of Guwahati in India has described the opportunity to write this year's Good Friday Way of the Cross as “an expression of the Holy Father's closeness to the persecuted Christians in India who are victims of attacks simply because of their faith in Christ." The archbishop is taking his reflections from two months of visiting his suffering flock.

Congress in Honduras prohibits abortion pill

Apr 7, 2009 - 01:23 pm .- The House of Representatives in Honduras has approved a law prohibiting “the morning-after pill” as unconstitutional because of its abortifacient nature. The full Congress approved the measure which bans the purchase, sale, use and distribution of the morning-after pill.

As in 2008, Pope focuses Good Friday meditations on persecuted Christians

Apr 7, 2009 - 10:33 am .- For the second year in a row, Pope Benedict XVI has asked that the meditations for the Good Friday Way of the Cross (Via Crucis) ceremony be focused on the plight of persecuted Christians around the world.

Cardinal Egan hospitalized as Holy Week begins

Apr 7, 2009 - 09:52 am .- New York’s Archbishop, Cardinal Edward E. Egan, was hospitalized on Saturday with stomach pains, causing his surgeon to postpone an operation to install a pacemaker at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan.

Bishop Lori bows out of Catholic university dinner honoring pro-abortion Kennedy

Apr 7, 2009 - 07:04 am .- Bishop of Bridgeport William Lori has said he will not attend a Sacred Heart University dinner which will honor pro-abortion Catholic Kerry Kennedy, a daughter of Robert F. Kennedy.

Hundreds of babies saved from abortion in recent pro-life campaign

Apr 7, 2009 - 05:16 am .- As the 40 Days for Life Campaign nears the completion of its spring session, its leaders claim to have helped saved nearly four hundred babies from abortion. Organizers are now judging the campaign’s effects and considering how to extend its success.

Researcher: Knights Templar trial records indicate possession of Shroud of Turin

Apr 7, 2009 - 01:41 am .- A researcher in the Vatican Secret Archives claims to have filled a gap in the known history of the Shroud of Turin, saying that rediscovered records of the Knights Templar trials show the Shroud had been in the possession of the order before it was suppressed.

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