Archive of May 6, 2009

Texas bill proposes to punish infanticide with mere two-year maximum in jail

May 6, 2009 - 09:55 pm .- A Texas bill proposing to reduce significantly the penalty for the murder of young infants by their mothers conveys the message that newborns and infants are "less valuable people," a Texas pro-life leader warns.

Pope is coming to pray for peace in Holy Land, says Jerusalem Patriarch

May 6, 2009 - 08:38 pm .- The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Fouad Twal, said this week that the Church in the Holy Land is awaiting the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI "with joy, hope and enthusiasm: we see in him as a sign of Providence and he comes to pray with us, for all of us, for peace and for all of the inhabitants of the Holy Land."

Archbishop Chaput: Media culture and compromise undermining Christian life

May 6, 2009 - 07:30 pm .- Archbishop of Denver Charles J. Chaput exhorted Catholics to follow the example of St. Paul by understanding their own times and being “possessed by the God of Truth.” Stressing the need to recognize the impact mass media has on thought and action, he warned that Catholics are losing the habits on which they have traditionally relied because of “vanity and compromise.”

Cuban dissident denounces harassment and detention of movement’s members

May 6, 2009 - 07:21 pm .- The coordinator of the Movimiento Cristiano Liberación (Christian Liberation Movement), Oswaldo Paya, denounced the detention of several members of the organization by state security agents.

Alan Keyes announces plans to be arrested at ND commencement; urges others to join in protest

May 6, 2009 - 04:05 pm .- Former U.S. Diplomat Dr. Alan Keyes has announced that he will be present at the University of Notre Dame on May 17 and is planning to be arrested for protesting President Obama’s invitation to speak and receive an honorary degree at the ceremony.

Star of ‘Angels and Demons’ says if you don’t like it, don’t see it

May 6, 2009 - 03:34 pm .- Tom Hanks, star of the film “Angels and Demons,” based on the book by Dan Brown, who also wrote “The Da Vinci Code,” said this week that those who feel offended by the lies of the book and the film should not see it.

Maine allows same-sex ‘marriage’

May 6, 2009 - 01:39 pm .- Democratic Governor of Maine, John Baldacci, signed a bill today making Maine the fifth state to allow same-sex marriage.

Gaza priest: Israel will only grant 80 visas to attend Papal events

May 6, 2009 - 01:13 pm .- Commenting on the number of Catholics from the Gaza Strip who will be allowed to see the Pope during his visit to the Holy Land, a new pastor in Gaza, Argentinean priest Father Jorge Hernandez, said this week, “Israel has told us it will do its best to issue some 80 permits. These will be for one day and will only be valid for travel to Bethlehem.”

Bishops of Nicaragua slam article by presidential advisor accusing the Church of corruption

May 6, 2009 - 10:30 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Nicaragua issued a statement this week strongly rejecting an "article" by presidential advisor Orlando Nunez Soto which "denounces" the supposed corruption of bishops and priests in the country. The bishops said the accusations were fictitious and were the "product of his imagination."

Pope Benedict explains veneration of images before heading to Holy Land

May 6, 2009 - 10:24 am .- Days before he heads to the Holy Land, Pope Benedict taught the crowd of 20,000 at his weekly General Audience about the reason that Christians venerate images. Drawing from St. John Damascene, he explained the theology behind the use of material objects and the difference between adoration and veneration.

Pope greets doctors, prays for peace in the Holy Land

May 6, 2009 - 09:58 am .- Pope Benedict gave a special greeting to the Catholic doctors present at today’s general audience and addressed those living in the Holy Land.

Archbishop of Baghdad to attend National Catholic Prayer Breakfast

May 6, 2009 - 07:06 am .- The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Baghdad Jean Benjamin Sleiman will attend the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington on Friday as part of his week-long visit to the United States. He will be joined by over 1,300 attendees including Catholic congressmen and other leaders.

Judge rules irreligious public school teacher violated First Amendment

May 6, 2009 - 05:08 am .- A federal judge has ruled that a California public high school teacher who made denigrating remarks about religion and Christianity violated the establishment clause of the First Amendment when he called creationism “superstitious nonsense.”

Apostolic nuncio to U.N. outlines steps towards nuclear disarmament

May 6, 2009 - 12:38 am .- Calling for “concrete, transparent and convincing steps” towards nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the apostolic nuncio leading the Holy See’s permanent observer mission to the United Nations, outlined five objectives the delegation believes to be achievable in a short time.

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