Archive of June 30, 2009

True culture of peace is born of charity, says Cardinal Bertone

Jun 30, 2009 - 11:17 pm .- Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, said last week the true culture of peace is born out of the depths of peoples’ hearts “first through humble and daily gestures of charity, kindness, forgiveness, before through diplomatic and political objectives.”

Planned Parenthood counselor admits clinic sometimes ‘bends the rules’ for minors

Jun 30, 2009 - 09:41 pm .- Another student investigation into Planned Parenthood’s treatment of alleged statutory rape victims has caught on video an Alabama counselor’s admission that her clinic “does sometimes bend the rules a little bit” rather than report sexual abuse. State law requires health professionals to report suspected cases of sexual abuse immediately to state authorities.

Cuban dissident receives award, vows not to abandon prisoners of conscience

Jun 30, 2009 - 08:13 pm .- The coordinator of the Christian Liberation Movement in Cuba, Oswaldo Paya, said last week the organization would continue promoting the Varela Project for peaceful democratization in Cuba, because to do otherwise would be to abandon those Cubans who have been imprisoned for reasons of conscience.

Canadian bishops' report: Mexican aid partners ‘imprudent’ but not pro-abortion

Jun 30, 2009 - 05:39 pm .- An investigating committee with the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has released its report concerning allegations a CCCB-affiliated agency was supporting pro-abortion groups in Mexico concluding that the charges were unfounded but deeming the groups in question to be “imprudent.”

Be faithful witnesses to Christ amidst trials, Pope tells Vietnamese bishops

Jun 30, 2009 - 04:29 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI received bishops on Saturday from the Episcopal Conference of Vietnam who have just completed their "ad limina" visit, during which bishops report to the Pope on the status of their dioceses.  In speaking to them, the Holy Father called on them to be faithful witnesses to Christ, despite the resistance they encounter.

Italian cardinal says true society must originate in the family

Jun 30, 2009 - 02:53 pm .- The president of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, said last week that a culture and society that is faithful to the Gospel “must derive from the person and the family.”

Pope Benedict praying for injured and dead in train explosion

Jun 30, 2009 - 01:04 pm .- Upon learning that a freight train derailed and exploded Monday night in northern Italy, Pope Benedict expressed his sorrow and promised to pray for the souls of the 13 who died as well as for the recovery of all who were injured.

Pope reminds new archbishops of their role as shepherds

Jun 30, 2009 - 12:13 pm .- On yesterday's Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, Pope Benedict XVI bestowed the pallium, a narrow circular woolen band signifying authority, upon 34 new metropolitan archbishops. During the ceremony, the Holy Father reminded the new bishops of their call to shepherd their flocks as Peter and the other apostles did.

Central American bishop calls for peace in Honduras after military coup

Jun 30, 2009 - 10:29 am .- Auxiliary Bishop Gregorio Rosa Chavez of San Salvador called for prayers for peace this past weekend in Honduras after a military coup ousted President Manuel Zelaya and exiled him to Costa Rica. The president was also impeached by the Honduran Congress.

Challenge filed against court order permitting ‘Plan B’ for 17-year-olds

Jun 30, 2009 - 07:01 am .- Several Christian and pro-life groups have filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit challenging a court order which requires the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to allow the “Plan B” drug to be sold over the counter to minors.

Obama's new budget for D.C. allows taxpayer funding for abortions

Jun 30, 2009 - 05:17 am .- President Obama has issued a budget recommendation for the 2010 fiscal year that would ease the restrictions on taxpayer funds for abortions in Washington D.C., a change that has drawn criticism from pro-life organizations across the nation.

Obama family's church search continues

Jun 30, 2009 - 12:56 am .- A White House spokesman has described as “inaccurate” a report that President Barack Obama had decided to make a Camp David chapel his primary church.

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