Archive of September 18, 2009

Cuban dissidents ask pop stars to help raise awareness of prisoners

Sep 18, 2009 - 09:22 pm .- The leader of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Paya, has called on the pop stars who will be appearing at a concert entitled “Peace Without Borders” on Saturday in Havana’s Revolution Square to perform the song “Todos Cubanos” (We’re All Cubans) and dedicate it to the release of all political prisoners in the country.

Pro-life group still ‘deeply concerned’ about abortion in health care bill after White House meeting

Sep 18, 2009 - 06:40 pm .- The pro-life group Americans United for Life Action says it is still “deeply concerned” about abortion funding in health care reform following its meeting with White House officials.

Catholic media professionals should proclaim the Gospel, says Father Lombardi

Sep 18, 2009 - 06:23 pm .- The Director of the Holy See’s Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, said this week that Catholics in the media should above all “be believers and Christians. We want the Gospel of Jesus Christ to be known and understood through the testimony of the Church.  If this does not happened, we are wasting our time,” he said.

Supreme Knight to deliver Project Rachel anniversary address

Sep 18, 2009 - 05:24 pm .- In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the founding of Project Rachel, a post-abortion healing ministry, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson will speak at a celebratory dinner to be held in Milwaukee on September 18.  Anderson’s speech will touch on the vital significance of the post-abortion ministry as well as the encouraging pro-life trend in recent polls.

Benedict XVI greets Jews and announces visit to Rome synagogue

Sep 18, 2009 - 05:06 pm .- In a telegram sent on the occasion of the Jewish feasts of Yom Kippur and Sukkot, Pope Benedict XVI prayed that God would bestow “copious blessings upon all the Jews and constant encouragement in the struggle to promote justice, harmony and peace.” He also announced that in the coming months he would visit the synagogue of Rome.

Costa Rican bishops reject anti-Catholic and secularist bill

Sep 18, 2009 - 03:24 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of Costa Rica announced Thursday that it completely rejects a bill that would modify the country’s constitution, remove a clause that establishes the Catholic faith as the Costa Rica’s religion and eliminate any reference to God in legal oaths.

Pope Benedict XVI blesses new headquarters of Vatican Observatory

Sep 18, 2009 - 12:38 pm .- On Wednesday Pope Benedict XVI visited and blessed the new headquarters of the Vatican Observatory, which moved from the Pontifical Palace in June. The observatory had been housed since in the palace since 1935, and is now located in an old monastery on the grounds of the Pontifical Villas.

Benedict XVI praying for six Italian soldiers killed in Kabul

Sep 18, 2009 - 10:18 am .- Six Italian soliders were killed on Thursday in Kabul when a car bomb was detonated near their armored vehicles. Upon hearing of the blast, which also killed 15 Afghans, Pope Benedict XVI said he is grieved to hear of the loss of life and is praying for all the victims and their families.

Over 200 California schools have signed up for homosexual curriculum

Sep 18, 2009 - 06:12 am .- A homosexual activist group is claiming that groups at dozens of high schools and middle schools in California, including at least one Catholic school, have signed up to show and discuss its explicit films. The films include one in which a boy “comes out” by wearing his mother’s bikini.

Baucus health care bill would fund abortions, pro-life groups say

Sep 18, 2009 - 03:26 am .- Some pro-life groups have reacted critically to the new health care legislation proposed by Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), warning that it would subsidize and sometimes mandate abortion coverage, especially if Hyde Amendment funding restrictions are not maintained.

Pro-life essay contest winners in California show reverence for life

Sep 18, 2009 - 01:09 am .- Three students in Los Angeles-area Catholic high schools have won cash prizes in a pro-life essay competition that one organizer described as a show of reverence for the sanctity of life.

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