Archive of October 7, 2009

Civil groups protest new anti-Christian film

Oct 7, 2009 - 10:34 pm .- Just days before the release of the new movie “Agora” by Spanish director Alejandro Amenabar, civil rights organizations are denouncing the film for promoting hatred of Christians and reinforcing false clichés about the Catholic Church.

Pro-life group calls on Spanish government to drop planned abortion law reform

Oct 7, 2009 - 07:33 pm .-  The spokesperson for Right to Life in Spain, Gador Joya, has challenged the country’s Vice President, Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega, to be consistent and act on comments she made on a local radio station. Joya is urging her to withdraw the proposed reforms of Spain’s abortion laws, which according to the vice president, have fractured Spanish society.

Congressman warns of 'ripple effect' if Supreme Court rules against Mojave Desert Cross

Oct 7, 2009 - 05:01 pm .- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday heard arguments in a case concerning whether a cross on federal park land in California which memorializes World War I veterans violates the U.S. Constitution. One congressman warned that the case could have an enormous “ripple effect” on memorials across the country including Arlington Cemetery.

Spanish pro-lifers organizing march against new abortion bill

Oct 7, 2009 - 04:44 pm .- The Spanish Parliament is set to debate a new law on abortion that would allow mothers to end the life of their unborn children through the first trimester. In response, pro-life organizations across the country are collecting signatures and organizing a march on October 17.

Kidnapped Christian nurse killed in Iraq

Oct 7, 2009 - 03:45 pm .- On Saturday, October 3, a 55 year-old Christian nurse named Imad Elia Abdul Karim was kidnapped, and despite pleas by Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk for his release, his body was found Sunday, according to Vatican Radio.

Missionaries of Charity confessor appointed to shepherd Michigan diocese

Oct 7, 2009 - 11:11 am .- The Holy Father has appointed a priest from the Diocese of Pittsburgh to become the fourth bishop of Gaylord, Michigan.  Msgr. Bernard A. Hebda, who is a graduate of both Harvard and Columbia University, will succeed Bishop Patrick R. Cooney who submitted his resignation to the Vatican upon reaching the age of 75 in March.

Patron saint of pharmacists teaches us about God's medicine, Pope says

Oct 7, 2009 - 10:22 am .- During his Wednesday general audience, held for 40,000 people in St. Peter's Square, Pope Benedict XVI focused his catechesis on St. John Leonardi, the patron saint of pharmacists. This Italian saint, the Pope taught, can show us that God's medicine, his son Jesus, “is the measure of all things.”

Catholic sisters save over 300 children from deadly tsunami in Samoa

Oct 7, 2009 - 06:10 am .- An Australian sister and her colleagues at a Samoan primary school saved the lives of 320 school children when she quickly moved them to higher ground after an earthquake triggered a tsunami warning.

African cardinal says anti-retroviral drugs better than condoms at fighting AIDS

Oct 7, 2009 - 04:02 am .- The Archbishop of Cape Coast, Ghana has said that resources intended to fight HIV/AIDS should be directed towards anti-retroviral drugs instead of condoms, explaining that prophylactics vary in quality and give the poor a “false sense of security” which facilitates the spread of the disease.

Group calls on libraries to include ‘ex-gay’ books in Banned Books Week

Oct 7, 2009 - 02:48 am .- An organization for people who have left homosexuality is asking the American Library Association (ALA) to include “ex-gay” books in its annual Banned Books Week.

Catholic spokesman: Scottish government’s plan for sex clinics in schools is ‘pouring petrol on a fire’

Oct 7, 2009 - 12:56 am .- A spokesman for the Catholic Church has compared a Scottish government plan to set up sex clinics in all secondary schools to “pouring petrol on a fire.”

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