Archive of March 12, 2010 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of March 12, 2010

Mexican bishops urge return to a strong work ethic

Mar 12, 2010 - 11:14 pm .- The bishops of Oaxaca, Mexico have condemned the “curse” of the “rule of minimal effort" which they claim exists in the country and should be banished due to its encouragement of crime.

Definite vote next week on Senate health care bill, abortion language unchanged

Mar 12, 2010 - 09:57 pm .- A confidential source says that House Democrats have been told there will “definitely” be a vote next week on the Senate’s health care reform bill but its abortion language is unchanged. Speculation also continues on how many pro-life Democrats will approve the Senate bill.

Bishops of Argentina call for laws respecting human dignity

Mar 12, 2010 - 07:03 pm .- In a statement released following the 155th meeting of the executive committee of the Argentinian bishops' conference, prelates called for the creation of laws respecting human dignity, the family and society.

Stupak still ‘optimistic’ about solution to abortion dispute despite Waxman remark

Mar 12, 2010 - 06:33 pm .- Pro-life Democrat Rep. Bart Stupak remains “optimistic” about a solution to disputed abortion restrictions in the new health care bill despite reports that negotiations have ended, a spokeswoman says. The Congressman has also said that Democratic leaders told him they want the federal government to pay for abortions.

Liturgical vestments sent to Haiti to revive liturgical life

Mar 12, 2010 - 02:58 pm .- In response to a request by the Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti for assistance in rebuilding and organizing liturgical life in the country, various bishops in Spain have donated and sent “almost 100 chalices, ciboria, patens and numerous liturgical vestments.”

Benedict XVI decides against alpine summer vacation

Mar 12, 2010 - 02:54 pm .- According to a communique released by the Holy See on Friday, the Pope will not be returning to the northwestern province of Valle d'Aosta for his holiday this summer, but will instead retire to the Papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo closer to Rome.

Pope gives full support to German bishops' plan for responding to abuses

Mar 12, 2010 - 01:13 pm .- Archbishop of Freiburg Robert Zollitsch met with Pope Benedict on Friday to speak of the revelations of sexual abuse against minors and measures being taken to investigate and prevent further occurrences. Pope Benedict, he said in a press conference afterward, expressed his "full support" for the steps put in place by the bishops' conference to respond to abuses.

Cuban dissident urges political prisoner to cease hunger strike

Mar 12, 2010 - 12:57 pm .- The head of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Paya, is urging political prisoner Guillermo Farinas to end his hunger strike, “because your struggle and life are extremely valuable and we don’t want to lose you.”

Solid priestly identity essential as secularism grows, Pope tells priests

Mar 12, 2010 - 12:08 pm .- Pope Benedict met with priests and bishops participating in an international theological convention on Friday and spoke with them on the importance of understanding what it means to be a priest. This awareness of their identity is all the more important as secularism advances and some try to reduce the priesthood to being almost a 'social worker.'

Archbishop of Turin presents Pope's schedule for Shroud visit

Mar 12, 2010 - 11:20 am .- Cardinal Severino Poletto, Archbishop of Turin and Guardian of the Holy Shroud, has announced the schedule for Pope Benedict XVI's visit this spring to the Shroud. Among the encounters through the day, the Pope will meet with young people, and the elderly and sick of the northern Italian city.

Bishop Wenski: Serious flaws must be fixed before health care bill’s reconciliation

Mar 12, 2010 - 06:27 am .- Citing “serious flaws” in the health care bill Bishop Thomas G. Wenski has advocated a genuine reform that protects human life from conception to death. He urged Congress to correct the lack of conscience protections and the possible expansion of abortion coverage in the legislation before the Congressional reconciliation process.

Virginia legislators drop bill restricting pregnancy centers, praise them instead

Mar 12, 2010 - 03:52 am .- Rather than passing two bills headed by abortion supporters which aimed to impose restrictions on pregnancy centers, Virginia legislators chose to pass a resolution this week that praised the pregnancy centers' work.

Vandals tear down pro-life posters and attack Australian campaigner

Mar 12, 2010 - 01:45 am .- A pro-life campaigner in Australia was assaulted with rocks and a waste bin after he recorded people taking down pro-life election posters. He suffered a possible broken arm in the attack, which caused pro-life candidate Trevor Grace to voice concern about the well-being of his supporters.