Archive of November 10, 2009

Archbishop laments murder of priest in Brazil

Nov 10, 2009 - 09:40 pm .- Archbishop Antonio Muniz of Maceio, Brazil has condemned the murder of Father Hidalberto Henrique Guimaraes, 48, who was found dead Saturday night at his home in Northeastern Brazil.

President Obama torn between promises to abortion foes and supporters on health care

Nov 10, 2009 - 09:18 pm .- President Obama’s statement that more work is needed on the place of abortion in the health care bill has caused concern that he intends to undermine the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, which bars federal funding of abortion from the bill.

Archbishop says Chavez’s war threats an attempt to cover up crisis in Venezuela

Nov 10, 2009 - 08:10 pm .- Archbishop Baltazar Porras Cardoso of Merida, Colombia, who is also the  vice president of the Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela, said this week the war threats President Hugo Chavez made against Colombia and the United States on Monday are only an attempt to cover up the grave crisis that has gripped Venezuela.

Judge prevents Planned Parenthood from keeping Abby Johnson quiet

Nov 10, 2009 - 06:41 pm .- After Abby Johnson resigned from her job as director of the Bryan/College Station Planned Parenthood and became pro-life, her former employer tried to keep her from speaking about the reason she left. On Tuesday afternoon, a Texas judge foiled those plans by refusing to issue a restraining order against Johnson.

Peru’s Constitutional Court says Ministry of Health cannot sell morning-after pill

Nov 10, 2009 - 04:54 pm .- Peru’s Constitutional Court has unanimously ruled that the government cannot sell the morning-after pill.  The decision came in response to a request by Minister of Health, Oscar Ugarte, who asked for clarification of the previous ruling that the pill could not be distributed free of charge.

Cardinal George urges Senate to follow example of House on abortion

Nov 10, 2009 - 02:42 pm .- Cardinal Francis George is praising the U.S. House of Representative's decision on Nov. 7 to prevent federally funded abortions and is urging the Senate to follow its example.

Vatican Observatory examines theological implications of finding alien life

Nov 10, 2009 - 12:09 pm .- The Vatican Observatory and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences have just concluded a week-long gathering of scientists to examine the origin of life and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. “These questions offer many philosophical and theological implications,” said Fr. Jose Funes, director of the Vatican Observatory.

Pope to Italian bishops: ‘We must bring the truth of God back into the world’

Nov 10, 2009 - 11:37 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has sent a message to the general assembly of the Italian Episcopal Conference reiterating the role of the bishops as educators and representatives of Christ on earth.

Planned Parenthood says U.S. bishops have ‘hijacked’ health care reform with Stupak Amendment

Nov 10, 2009 - 06:47 am .- Planned Parenthood has condemned the addition of the Stupak/Pitts Amendment to the U.S. House’s proposed health care reform legislation, saying it would undermine private health plans that cover abortion. One pro-life leader said the criticism, which characterized pro-lifers as hijackers, was an ‘over the top’ attempt at self-promotion.

Thomas More Law Center lawyer files papers to run for Congress

Nov 10, 2009 - 05:00 am .- A Catholic lawyer from Michigan who says John Paul II is one of his role models has filed to run for the state’s 7th Congressional District.

Novenas to Our Lady of Remedies seek safe return of kidnapped missionary

Nov 10, 2009 - 03:56 am .- The Columban community in Manila has begun novena Masses to Our Lady of Remedies to pray for the immediate release of kidnapped Irish priest Fr. Michael Sinnott.

Dominican Order in Vietnam flourishes

Nov 10, 2009 - 01:03 am .- In a celebratory event in Saigon on Saturday, Fr. Joseph Ngo Si Dinh announced to thunderous applause that the “number of friars, nuns, sisters, and lay Dominicans in our family in Vietnam has increased substantially and already reached to the population of a diocese!”

Deacon cured through intervention of Cardinal Newman preaches at Westminster Cathedral

Nov 10, 2009 - 12:09 am .- Deacon Jack Sullivan, whose cure from crippling back pain advanced the beatification of Servant of God John Henry Cardinal Newman, preached from the pulpit of Westminster Cathedral on the Feast of St. John Lateran. He talked about his miraculous cure and praised Cardinal Newman’s spiritual insights and “extraordinary” foresight.