Archive of April 30, 2009

U.S. House votes to expand ‘hate crimes’ laws

Apr 30, 2009 - 10:58 pm .- By a vote of 249-175, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to expand federal “hate crime” laws to include sexual orientation, gender identity, or mental or physical disability.

Uruguayan bishops encourage defense of life, marriage and family

Apr 30, 2009 - 09:20 pm .- At the conclusion of their plenary assembly, held April 22-28, the Bishop’ Conference of Uruguay emphasized and encouraged in an extensive document, the centrality of the human person, the defense of human life from conception to natural death, as well as the family built upon the marriage between a man and a woman.

Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints explains essence of holiness

Apr 30, 2009 - 05:10 pm .- During remarks at an event marking the 800th anniversary of the Franciscan order at the Antonianum Pontifical University, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, Archbishop Angelo Amato, explained the essence of holiness and what it means when the Vatican recognizes a person's virtues as heroic.

Past Laetare Medalist to take Glendon’s place at Notre Dame commencement

Apr 30, 2009 - 05:02 pm .- Following former Vatican Ambassador Mary Ann Glendon’s refusal of the University of Notre Dame’s Laetare Medal, 1984 medal recipient Judge John T. Noonan, Jr. has accepted an invitation to deliver a speech “in the spirit of the award” at the school’s commencement.

Colombian guerrilla group releases hostage to Catholic bishops

Apr 30, 2009 - 02:38 pm .- The guerrilla group known as the National Liberation Army has released Edgar Humberto Obando Olaya and turned him over to a Church commission led by Bishop Leonardo Gomez Serna of Magangue. Obando was kidnapped by the group on August 3, 2006.

Spanish congressional committee approves proposal to sanction Pope

Apr 30, 2009 - 01:33 pm .- A Spanish congressional committee has approved a proposal by green party lawmakers to “publicly” reprove the statements made by Pope Benedict XVI about AIDS and condom use during his recent trip to Africa. The measure moved through committee despite a lack of support from the more conservative Popular Party.

Pro-lifers: 'Common ground' approach contradicted by Obama's actions

Apr 30, 2009 - 11:43 am .- At last night's prime time press conference, President Obama responded to a question about abortion by saying that he hopes to “tamp down” some of the “anger” cause by his pro-abortion decisions. Pro-life organizations are doubtful this will happen, saying that “abortion advocates clearly have an open door” at the White House.

Pope and Colombian president discuss country's social issues

Apr 30, 2009 - 11:05 am .- President Alvaro Uribe of Colombia met with Pope Benedict XVI today and discussed the situation in the South American country, including the problem of drug trafficking.

Vocations and evangelization in Pope's prayers this May

Apr 30, 2009 - 10:19 am .- Today the Vatican’s press office released Pope Benedict’s prayer intentions for the month of May. The Holy Father is praying that the laity enourage vocations and that the Church be unified in its efforts to evangelize.

Priest stabbed in confessional will not ‘live in fear’

Apr 30, 2009 - 07:13 am .- A Florida priest who was stabbed in a confessional by a troubled woman on Saturday says he will neither “live in fear” nor allow the stabbing to prevent him from “God’s work.”

Sri Lankan combat leaves over 100,000 refugees ‘highly traumatized’

Apr 30, 2009 - 03:09 am .- Charities are calling for a ceasefire and are working to relieve the “dire need” of hundreds of thousands of “highly traumatized” civilians who have fled intense combat between government and rebel forces in northern Sri Lanka.

Cardinal Rigali says ‘sweeping’ embryonic research rules not pro-life

Apr 30, 2009 - 01:03 am .- Archbishop of Philadelphia Cardinal Justin Rigali has challenged Prof. Doug Kmiec’s defense of new National Institutes of Health guidelines on embryonic stem cell research. Cardinal Rigali charged that the regulations are “broader” and “more sweeping” than any proposed in the past and cannot truthfully be called a “pro-life” policy.

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