Archive of April 28, 2009

Providence College blocks anti-immigration former congressman’s speech

Apr 28, 2009 - 11:40 pm .- Providence College has blocked a campus speech to be given by the vocal illegal immigration opponent and former congressman Tom Tancredo, saying that the speech was sponsored by an unofficial group and that the congressman’s position on immigration contradicts the Catholic approach to the issue.

God alone satisfied aspirations of human heart, Cardinal Urosa says

Apr 28, 2009 - 09:13 pm .- The Archbishop of Caracas, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, said this week that consecrated men and women “bear witness that only God satisfies the aspirations of the human heart.”

Salvadoran archbishop encourages congressmen to protect marriage

Apr 28, 2009 - 07:45 pm .- Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar Alas of El Salvador recalled this week that the legislative term in that country ends on April 30, and he urged lawmakers to ratify an amendment to the constitution in order to prevent homosexual unions from being made equal to marriage.

Senate confirms Gov. Sebelius as HHS Secretary

Apr 28, 2009 - 05:44 pm .- Despite opposition from pro-life advocates concerned about Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius’ extensive support of abortion, her nomination as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services was confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday by a vote of 65-31.

Pro-lifers assaulted while collecting signatures against abortion

Apr 28, 2009 - 03:24 pm .- On Saturday, April 25, three volunteers of the Right to Life organization and a Chilean in the town of El Ferrol were victims a brutal assault by a group of seven young people who attacked them as they were collecting signatures against the law on abortion sponsored by the Socialist government.

Legal abortion has turned Mexican capital into 'murderous city,' archdiocese warns

Apr 28, 2009 - 01:44 pm .- The Archdiocese of Mexico City’s weekly newspaper, Desde la Fe, called the second anniversary of the legalization of abortion up to the twelfth week “disastrous,” saying the Mexican capital has been turned into a “murderous city,’ with more than 23,000 abortions and 14 maternal deaths as a result.

Cardinal Rivera urges prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe to halt swine flu

Apr 28, 2009 - 12:39 pm .- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, is encouraging the faithful to pray to Our Lady of Guadalupe for an end to the swine flu epidemic that has taken the lives of more than 100 people in the country.

L'Aquila will 'arise once more,' Pope declares

Apr 28, 2009 - 10:52 am .- Touring the earthquake-damaged Abruzzo region of Italy on Tuesday, Pope Benedict   met with rescue workers and those impacted by the quake.  During an address to the victims, he assured them of his solidarity and encouraged them saying, “L'Aquila, though wounded, will arise once more."

Pope Benedict to ordain 19 new priests

Apr 28, 2009 - 10:43 am .- One week after canonizing five new saints for the Church, Pope Benedict XVI will preside over the priestly ordination of 19 deacons, as the Church celebrates the fourth week of Easter.

Italian quake victims comforted by Pope

Apr 28, 2009 - 10:33 am .- Italians in the Abruzzo region are still recovering from the devastating earthquake that struck the area northeast of Rome on April 6, killing 300 and injuring thousands. Tuesday morning Pope Benedict visited victims of the disaster, and said his "poor presence" is intended as a "tangible sign of the fact that the crucified Lord is risen and does not abandon you."

Notre Dame donor protest claims $8.2 million withheld from university

Apr 28, 2009 - 06:27 am .- Organizers of a website encouraging University of Notre Dame alumni and donors to withhold donations until its president is replaced say they have confirmed over $8.2 million dollars have been withheld as part of their efforts. The group describes the figure as “very conservative.”

Participants in ‘pseudo-ordination’ excommunicated, Cardinal Rigali announces

Apr 28, 2009 - 03:42 am .- Saying it was “most unfortunate” that the “invalid ceremony” took place within his archdiocese, Archbishop of Philadelphia Cardinal Justin Rigali has said that those who participated in a “pseudo-Ordination” of two women on Sunday have been automatically excommunicated by their act.

Vietnamese government continues targeting Catholics

Apr 28, 2009 - 01:11 am .- Vietnamese state media have “fiercely attacked” two Redemptorist priests, accusing them of critically damaging national unity and blocking the national construction and development process. In what some see as a preparation for a government crackdown, the media are accusing the priests of the capital crime of plotting to overthrow the Communist regime.

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