Archive of April 22, 2009

Russian Orthodox Church asks anti-discrimination conference to consider ‘Christianophobia’

Apr 22, 2009 - 11:36 pm .- Following the beginning of the World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance (WCAR) in Geneva on Monday, the Russian Orthodox Church has asked the conference to introduce the idea of “Christianophobia” into international laws concerning discrimination.

Pope is 'exactly the opposite' of media's portrayal, Argentinean archbishop notes

Apr 22, 2009 - 08:02 pm .- Archbishop Andres Stanovnik of Corrientes, Argentina revealed details of his recent ad limina visit during a press conference in which he stressed the necessity of bishops having communion with the Pope. The archbishop also said that the Pope is the exact opposite of how the media portrays him.

Secretary Clinton confirms U.S. thinks abortion access is ‘reproductive health’

Apr 22, 2009 - 04:33 pm .- During a House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing on Wednesday, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) questioned Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about whether the Obama administration is seeking to weaken or overturn pro-life laws and policies in other countries. Clinton responded to his questions, affirming that the government’s definition of reproductive health includes access to abortion.

Jordan anxiously awaits Papal visit, says minister

Apr 22, 2009 - 03:52 pm .- A delegation from Jordan led by Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Maha Khatib, is visiting the Vatican this week, and according to the L’Osservatore Romano, Khatib said, “We have come to thank the Pope for the honor he has given us by visiting our land.”

Mexican bishops reject special protection against drug traffickers

Apr 22, 2009 - 02:14 pm .- Various Mexican bishops have rejected an offer by officials to provide them with special protection against threats being made by drug traffickers, saying security officials should protect all citizens equally.

The economic crisis was born from greed, Pope Benedict says

Apr 22, 2009 - 12:11 pm .- Today at his general audience in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope focused his attention on the monk Ambrose Autpert. Drawing on the monk's teachings, the Pope pointed to greed as the root of the global economic crisis.

Vatican joins art restoration effort following quake

Apr 22, 2009 - 10:09 am .- The Pope's culture commission is joining the effort to help restore the artwork and statues damaged in the earthquakes that struck Italy’s Abruzzo region.

Bishops consecrate Mexico to the Holy Spirit

Apr 22, 2009 - 09:44 am .- In the Mass opening its 87th Plenary Assembly, the Bishops’ Conference of Mexico  consecrated the nation to the Holy Spirit and prayed that the Spirit would help the country to “rebuild and strengthen the social fabric.”

Benedict XVI’s May schedule released, includes visit to Holy Land

Apr 22, 2009 - 09:11 am .- Today the Holy See released a calendar of Pope Benedict’s liturgical celebrations and activities scheduled for the Month of May.  The list includes ordinations, the Pope’s Holy Land visit and a trip to Montecassino, Italy.

Cardinal Rigali says new embryonic stem cell rules undercut ‘ethical foundation’

Apr 22, 2009 - 06:34 am .- Cardinal Justin Rigali has responded to new draft guidelines for human embryonic stem cell research, warning that they allow for the use of more than just “leftover” embryos. The draft rules also divorce biomedical research from its “necessary ethical foundation,” thus enabling some human beings to use and mistreat others for their own goals, he stated.

Rose: Planned Parenthood shows ‘institutionalized indifference’ to statutory rape

Apr 22, 2009 - 03:26 am .- Having just released her latest undercover video showing Planned Parenthood clinics dodging mandatory sexual abuse reporting laws, investigator Lila Rose has decried the organization for its “abortion-first mentality” and its “institutionalized indifference” to statutory rape.

Indian bishop warns of ‘secret agenda’ to remove Christians

Apr 22, 2009 - 01:56 am .- As India conducts its month-long national elections, a leading Indian bishop has accused Hindu nationalists of threatening Orissa state voters with violence and pursuing a “secret agenda” to flush Christians out of the region.

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