Archive of April 29, 2009

Bolivian bishops urge overcoming of violence as elections approach

Apr 29, 2009 - 11:25 pm .- In the final message at the conclusion of their 87th Plenary Assembly, the Bishops’ Conference of Bolivia called for “peace based on the truth, reconciliation, forgiveness and harmony,” amidst the climate of violence and insecurity that has enveloped the country.

Cardinal Tauran says truth essential element in dialogue with Muslims

Apr 29, 2009 - 09:47 pm .- Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, spoke this week about the need for a “dialogue based on charity, but without losing sight of the truth,” in Muslim-Christian relations. 

Archbishop supports 11th Mexican state's effort to protect life

Apr 29, 2009 - 07:38 pm .- Archbishop Alberto Suarez Inda of Morelia has expressed his support of a proposal to make Michoacan the eleventh Mexican state to protect the right to life from conception to natural death.

Notre Dame Boards receiving 300,000 signatures against Obama honor

Apr 29, 2009 - 05:11 pm .- Today the Cardinal Newman Society is delivering the first 300,000 names of Catholics who have signed their petition opposing Notre Dame’s decision to have President Obama deliver its commencement address and grant him an honorary degree.

Swine flu impacting Catholic Communion practices in Texas

Apr 29, 2009 - 04:52 pm .- Addressing liturgical matters amid concerns of a swine flu outbreak, Bishop of Dallas Kevin J. Farrell has advised his diocese’s pastors to consider suspending the reception of the Holy Eucharist under both species and to take other steps to respond to possible health dangers.

Former presidential speech writer gives ‘witness to life’ at Notre Dame

Apr 29, 2009 - 03:41 pm .- William McGurn, former speech writer for George W. Bush, spoke at Notre Dame on April 23, to affirm and be a witness to the “sacredness of life.” He noted that no human right is safe when the right to life is denied, and that the unborn belong to no political party.

Benedict XVI meets with Canadian aboriginal leaders, expresses sorrow for past abuses

Apr 29, 2009 - 01:19 pm .- Following today’s general audience, the Holy Father met with representatives from the Canadian aboriginal communities and expressed concern for the aboriginal peoples in Canada who continue to suffer from the impact of the former Indian Residential Schools.

Amidst health emergency, Cardinal Sandoval calls for 'strengthened trust in God'

Apr 29, 2009 - 11:45 am .- In a recent press release entitled, “Trust in God and Personal Care,” Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez, of Guadaljara addressed the swine flu epidemic by calling for “strengthened trust in God.”

Pope Benedict reflects on the 'Defender of Images'

Apr 29, 2009 - 10:32 am .- Benedict XVI dedicated this morning's general audience to teaching on St. Germanus of Constantinople, the defender of icons. St. Germanus’ teaching, he explained, invites people to follow Christ in order to become the image of God again, to love the Church and to develop a love for the beauty of the liturgy.

Pro-life, pro-Obama Catholics collide over Sebelius confirmation

Apr 29, 2009 - 09:44 am .- After the U.S. Senate voted 65-31 to confirm Kathleen Sebelius, a Catholic who strongly supports legal abortion, as the Secretary of Health and Human Services, pro-Obama and pro-life Catholics collided over the consequences of the appointment. Pro-lifers are promising to battle against the pro-abortion Dawn Johnsen, who awaits confirmation for the Office of Legal Counsel.

Bishop Tobin: Catholic apathy on same-sex ‘marriage’ must end

Apr 29, 2009 - 06:33 am .- “Abysmal” Catholic apathy must be overcome to oppose those who are “fiercely determined” to impose homosexual “marriage,” Bishop of Providence, Rhode Island Thomas J. Tobin has warned. Reasserting Catholic teaching on sexual morality, he also said that same-sex “marriage” will endanger religious freedom.

Charity helps Solomon islanders rebuild tsunami-damaged church

Apr 29, 2009 - 02:51 am .- Aid to the Church in Need has announced that it will help the Catholics of the island of Gaomai in the Solomon Islands rebuild a seaside church damaged in a July 2007 tsunami.

Supreme Court upholds tough fines for broadcasts of ‘fleeting’ expletives

Apr 29, 2009 - 12:07 am .- In what family advocates called a “huge victory,” the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) may impose significant fines on television broadcasters for airing “fleeting” expletives.

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