Archive of July 23, 2009

Archbishop encourages Catholics to fight Tasmanian ‘right to die’ bill

Jul 23, 2009 - 11:07 pm .- Catholic leaders are working to defeat a proposed "right to die" law in the Australian state of Tasmania, saying it is wrong to end a human life. They also warn that the bill will put Catholic health and hospice institutions at odds with their ethical standards against "euthanasia."

Congressman Smith warns against phony ‘compromise’ on abortion mandates in Obama health care overhaul

Jul 23, 2009 - 09:06 pm .- Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) released a statement today cautioning Americans to be wary of Congress’ attempts to compromise on abortion funding and expressed concern that any alteration in the language of the proposed authentic pro-life amendments may leave room for ambiguity allowing millions more abortions.

Patriarch of Jerusalem to speak in London on plight of Holy Land Christians’

Jul 23, 2009 - 09:04 pm .- Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Archbishop Fouad Twal will be visiting the United Kingdom to speak about the plight of Christians in the Holy Land. A bishop from Pakistan will also speak about the position of Christians in his country.

Religious sisters help others to ‘fall in love with Jesus’

Jul 23, 2009 - 07:20 pm .- Earlier this month, religious sisters gathered from over 20 orders not only to learn how to draw closer to Christ in their own lives, but to lead others to Him as well.

Calls mount for ‘clear’ prohibition of abortion funding in healthcare legislation

Jul 23, 2009 - 06:56 pm .- Arguing that U.S. taxpayers should not be forced to pay for abortions, almost 70 pro-life organizations have signed a letter to Congress asking that abortion be clearly excluded from proposed health care bills. Others, including a prominent Evangelical ally of President Obama, say that an abortion funding ban should be maintained.

Dr. Alveda King demands abortion be excluded from health care bill

Jul 23, 2009 - 05:20 pm .- The niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will take a stand Monday with other African American pro-life leaders in Washington to demand that abortion be barred from any health care legislation.

Cardinal Zen denounces ‘false interpretation’ of Benedict XVI’s letter to Chinese

Jul 23, 2009 - 03:33 pm .- The bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, Cardinal Joseph Zen, this week denounced the "false interpretation" of Benedict XVI’s 2007 letter to Chinese Catholics, which has resulted due to the restrictions imposed and maintained on the document by the Chinese communist government.

Fifteen formerly homeless veterans organize food drive

Jul 23, 2009 - 02:59 pm .- Men living at St. Joseph’s Veterans Home in Denver, Colorado are coordinating an August 7 - 8 food drive to assist those in need.

‘The Passion’ producer speaks about faith and the art of entertainment

Jul 23, 2009 - 01:28 pm .- In a Wednesday evening conference call Steve McEveety, producer of movies such as "The Passion of the Christ" and "Bella," spoke about his Hollywood career, his faith, and how aspiring filmmakers can advance in the entertainment industry. He also discussed the production of movies such as "Braveheart," "The Passion" and "The Stoning of Soraya M."

Life-sized model of fetus named after Spanish minister who said unborn babies not human at 13 weeks

Jul 23, 2009 - 01:00 pm .- A group of Spanish professionals are using life-sized models of a 13 week-old fetus to respond to statements by the country’s Minister of Equality, Bibiana Aido, who said in an interview that fetuses at that stage of development are alive but are not human beings.

Holy Father to bless faithful of Aosta, will preside over Vespers

Jul 23, 2009 - 10:08 am .- The Vatican press office has announced that tomorrow evening, Pope Benedict will preside at Vespers in both English and Italian at the cathedral of Aosta, Italy.

U.K. offers atheist summer camp

Jul 23, 2009 - 09:26 am .- The Richard Dawkins Foundation is sponsoring a "free-thinking" summer camp in Britain this month that discourages faith and religious belief.

Catholic nurse forced to participate in abortion, lawsuit filed

Jul 23, 2009 - 06:05 am .- The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Catholic nurse who was forced to participate in an abortion, despite voicing her moral objections.

Critic says values in Education for the Citizenry are at the root of sexual violence

Jul 23, 2009 - 01:23 am .- The secretary general of Professional for Ethics, Fabian Fernandez de Alarcon, has echoed the sentiments of Spain’s Minister of Education, Angel Gabilondo, who said he is worried about recent sexual assaults on young girls by adult men and boys. The secretary general warned that the moral relativism promoted by “Education for the Citizenry” is the fundamental cause of such acts.

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