Archive of November 5, 2009

Arrest made in slaying of religious sister at New Mexico convent

Nov 5, 2009 - 10:46 pm .- The FBI has made an arrest in the slaying of a religious sister who was found dead in St. Berard’s Convent in Navajo, New Mexico.

Vatican plans meeting between Pope and artists

Nov 5, 2009 - 09:28 pm .- A Vatican press conference was held today to discuss Pope Benedict XVI's upcoming meeting with artists on Nov. 21. The meeting is intended to promote collaboration between the Church and artists.

House Republican leader: 'health plan will require monthly abortion premium'

Nov 5, 2009 - 09:17 pm .- House Republican Leader John Boehner said today the House health care bill, which was backed today by the AARP and the American Medical Association, includes a monthly abortion premium that all subscribers in the government-run plan would have to pay.

Argentinian governor: I will not accept abortion or homosexual 'marriage'

Nov 5, 2009 - 08:08 pm .- In response to debate taking place in Argentina’s National Parliament, the Governor of Chaco, Jorge Capitanich, said this week he would not support any bill that would legalize abortion or homosexual 'marriage.'

Bishop of Beaumont praying for victims of Ft. Hood shooting

Nov 5, 2009 - 07:06 pm .- Chaos broke out at Ft. Hood, Texas today when Maj. Malik Nadal Hasan, and possibly other soldiers, opened fire, killing 12 people and injuring 31. Bishop Curtis Guillory of Beaumont is offering his prayers for the “comfort and healing of those who were shot.”

Mexican parents demand removal of controversial health booklet

Nov 5, 2009 - 03:53 pm .- The State Association of Parents in Guanajuato announced it will ask local representatives to recall health booklets distributed by the federal government to 10-19 year olds, which promote both contraception and the morning after pill.  The association claims that the booklet violates the right of parents to determine the kind of education their children will receive on sexual matters.

Vatican issues first Braille stamp in honor of bicentenary of Louis Braille

Nov 5, 2009 - 02:41 pm .- The Vatican post office has issued it's first ever Braille stamp to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille, who created the universal reading and writing system for the blind.

Spanish cloistered nuns see surge in vocations

Nov 5, 2009 - 01:51 pm .- A 43 year-old prioresses has revolutionized an old Poor Clares convent in Spain, turning it onto a magnet for dozens of young professional women.

Vatican hosting seminar on sports and spiritual life

Nov 5, 2009 - 12:05 pm .- The Vatican is set to host a unique seminar on how sports are related to building virtue and the spiritual life. Participants will hear from the former U.S. Olympic rower Susan Saint Sing and Edio Constantini, the president of the John Paul II Sports Foundation, among other speakers.

Benedict XVI addresses anxiety, death and 'hope of immortality'

Nov 5, 2009 - 11:17 am .- This morning, Pope Benedict celebrated a Mass for the souls of the cardinals and bishops who have died over the past year.  In his homily, the Holy Father described death as “an enigma charged with anxiety,” and noted the importance of faith, hope and mercy in times “of human sadness and distress.”

Supporters of Illinois parental notification law claim ‘great victory’ as it takes effect

Nov 5, 2009 - 06:20 am .- In what one pro-life advocate called a “great victory” for families, a Wednesday vote by the Illinois Medical Disciplinary Board has cleared the way for the state to begin enforcement of a 1995 law requiring parental notification for underage girls who seek abortions.

Archbishop asks U.N. for lasting solution to ‘tragic reality’ of Palestinian refugees

Nov 5, 2009 - 04:31 am .- Commenting on a report about the refugee situation in Palestine, the apostolic nuncio to the U.N. lamented the “tragic reality” that the situation is “unresolved.” He called for a “lasting solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that includes religious freedom and guarantees access to holy sites for the residents of Jerusalem.

Archbishop praises Constitutional Court for ruling on abortifacient pill

Nov 5, 2009 - 03:55 am .- Archbishop Javier Del Rio Alba of Arequipa praised a ruling by Peru’s Constitutional Court on the controversial morning-after pill and explained that the “right to life” has “triumphed, because that is what the law and medicine demand.”

EWTN broadcasts to go High-Def in December

Nov 5, 2009 - 03:24 am .- The Catholic broadcaster Eternal Word Television Network has announced that the channel will be available in High Definition (HD) format for all U.S. affiliates beginning on December 8.

Pro-abortion group endorses female Catholic politicians for 2010 race

Nov 5, 2009 - 01:11 am .- EMILY's List, a pro-abortion political action committee, recently announced the list of the candidates it is supporting for the 2010 elections. Eight of 18 politicians are women who identify themselves as Catholic, a fact that caused one leading pro-life feminist to remark, “Clearly these candidates are out of sync with the teaching of their church.”

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