Archive of November 11, 2009

Chavez should launch 'war' against crisis, not against Colombia, say Venezuelan prelates

Nov 11, 2009 - 10:02 pm .- Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas is calling on President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela to increase efforts to end “the war of crime” that exists in the country rather than threatening to attack Colombia.

Christendom College reports its largest pro-life protest ever at D.C. clinic

Nov 11, 2009 - 08:31 pm .- Shield of Roses, the pro-life student group at Christendom College, reports that it held its largest protest ever when more than 200 people protested at the Planned Parenthood clinic just north of the White House in Washington, D.C.

Colombian official tells TV audience 'abortion is not a right'

Nov 11, 2009 - 07:53 pm .- Colombia’s Deputy Attorney General for Infancy, Adolescence and the Family, Myriam Ilva Hoyos, announced this week that a petition has been filed to nullify a ruling by Colombia’s Constitutional Court that ordered students to be taught that abortion is a right.  The procedure is currently illegal in the country except for in special circumstances.

Academy of Medical Sciences to examine ethics of animal research with ‘human material’

Nov 11, 2009 - 07:09 pm .- Britain’s Academy of Medical Sciences has launched a new study to examine the ethical and regulatory framework needed for scientific research which uses animals and animal embryos containing “human material.”

British study finds marriage and children increase happiness

Nov 11, 2009 - 06:18 pm .- A recent study has found that getting married and having children increase happiness and overall life satisfaction. Commenting on the results, author and TV personality Rachel Campos-Duffy told CNA that this runs counter to the prevailing culture and “reminds couples to appreciate each other and the beautiful messiness of child-rearing right here and now.”

German diocese creates ‘Santa-free zone’

Nov 11, 2009 - 05:09 pm .- In an effort to encourage people to replace the commercialization of the Christmas season with a true devotion to Advent, Christmas and the “true Santa Claus,” several groups within the German Diocese of Speyer have initiated a “Santa-free campaign.”

Lantos Commission hears about forced abortions in China before Obama visit

Nov 11, 2009 - 03:28 pm .- After three decades of forced population control in China, Representative Chris Smith (R-N.J.) is calling on President Obama to take a stand for human rights in China, ahead of his Thursday trip to the country.

Cardinal Sodano notes contributions of John Paul II in fall of Berlin Wall

Nov 11, 2009 - 01:51 pm .- Commemorating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals, remarked that the historical event was possible “thanks to Pope John Paul II and the contribution of many Christians” on the continent.

Protect Europe's future by defending its rich cultural and religious heritage, Pope urges

Nov 11, 2009 - 12:11 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI focused his remarks at today's General Audience on the monastic reform linked to the monastery of Cluny. The rich cultural and religious heritage of those centuries, he said, should be rediscovered, appreciated and defended by all those who are concerned about the future of Europe.

Holy Father calls on international community to aid Sri Lanka

Nov 11, 2009 - 11:24 am .- At the end of his general audience today, Pope Benedict XVI noted that, six months after the end of a civil war, Sri Lanka is on the road to recovery. However, he continued, there is still much work to be done.

Bishop Tobin says Rep. Kennedy is in ‘flawed communion’ with the Church

Nov 11, 2009 - 06:06 am .- Bishop of Providence Thomas J. Tobin has responded to Rep. Patrick Kennedy’s contention that his dissent from Catholic teaching on abortion does not make him “less of a Catholic.” Saying that such dissent renders the lawmaker's communion “flawed,” he urged Kennedy to become a “profile in courage” and to defend the unborn.

Thousands homeless after Hurricane Ida hits El Salvador

Nov 11, 2009 - 04:16 am .- Caritas International is sending staff to support relief work in flood-affected regions in El Salvador. Days of heavy rains have left 120 people dead and thousands homeless.

Catholic hospital in Bethlehem provides care for impoverished mothers

Nov 11, 2009 - 03:39 am .- Less than half a mile from where Mary and Joseph found shelter to deliver the baby Jesus 2,000 years ago, Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem is providing care to impoverished women and their newborns today.

Zaragoza declaration urges governments to help pregnant women

Nov 11, 2009 - 01:22 am .- The Fourth International Pro-Life Congress, which ended on Monday in Zaragoza, Spain, issued a document directed at public officials and society in general, urging governments to “work effectively to help pregnant women.”

New research shows babies begin learning language patterns in womb

Nov 11, 2009 - 12:08 am .- Researchers in brain science and language development have found that infants in the first days of their life cry in different ways depending on their parents’ language.

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