Archive of March 24, 2010 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of March 24, 2010

Rep. Stupak defends executive order on abortion funding

Mar 24, 2010 - 10:10 pm .- Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) has defended President Obama’s executive order intended to bar taxpayer dollars from funding abortion under the health care reform legislation signed yesterday.

Holy Week calls us to be firm in faith, teaches Venezuelan cardinal

Mar 24, 2010 - 09:54 pm .- The Archbishop of Caracas, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, recently spoke to Venezuelans explaining that Holy Week is a chance for Christians to draw close to the Lord and strengthen their faith amidst attacks from secular society.

Divide between bishops and sisters on health care ideological, says public policy expert

Mar 24, 2010 - 08:22 pm .- Fractures and a “deep ideological divide” within the Catholic Church in the United States have been exposed by the debate over health care reform, an official with the Archdiocese of San Francisco has said. He adds that although private tension has long been recognized, its exposure may be beneficial.

Holy Father encourages youth to 'discover their vocation to love'

Mar 24, 2010 - 07:03 pm .- In a message for the inaugaration of the 10th International Youth Forum, the Holy Father reminded the 300 young participants from around the globe that "Learning to Love," the theme of the event, is "central in faith and in the Christian life." 

Archbishop describes Pope’s response to abuse crisis as ‘strong and clear’

Mar 24, 2010 - 06:05 pm .- Archbishop Jaume Pujol of Tarragona, Spain noted Tuesday that Pope Benedict's letter to the Irish Bishops regarding clerical sex abuse is “extraordinarily strong and clear.”

President Obama signs executive order barring federal abortion funding

Mar 24, 2010 - 04:47 pm .- This afternoon President Barack Obama signed the executive order created to ensure that federal funds will not be used under the new health care law to pay for most abortions, mirroring the Hyde Amendment.

Pope remembers Chileans after quake, highlights sanctity of life

Mar 24, 2010 - 03:07 pm .- Earthquake victims in Chile and the sanctity of life were among the matters Pope Benedict touched on in the individual language greetings after the catechesis at Wednesday's General Audience.

NASA technology to be used in preservation of Vatican manuscripts

Mar 24, 2010 - 02:02 pm .- The Vatican Apostolic Library will be converting 80,000 of its manuscripts into a digital format to ensure their availability for future generations. The “grandiose undertaking” will make use of technology created by NASA to preserve and protect important documents.

Peruvian bishops criticize government's efforts to distribute morning-after pill

Mar 24, 2010 - 01:51 pm .- The Peruvian bishops’ Committee on the Family, Childhood and Life criticized the government’s stubbornness in pushing the distribution of the morning-after pill, despite the fact that the country's Constitutional Court ruled last year that the pill cannot be sold or distributed due to its abortifacient potential.

'Bella' star urges Paraguay to stand firm against abortion

Mar 24, 2010 - 12:03 pm .- During a recent visit to Paraguay, Mexican actor Eduardo Verastegui met with members of Parliament and expressed his satisfaction that the country has not passed laws legalizing abortion.

Science and faith are not opposed, Pope Benedict teaches

Mar 24, 2010 - 10:34 am .- A “friendship” exists between science and faith, said the Holy Father during his catechesis on Wednesday morning in which he spoke of St. Albert the Great, “one of the greatest teachers of scholastic theology” and the patron of those who study natural sciences. He used the saint’s example to urge young people to seek God’s guidance for their “life project.”

Irish bishop apologizes to abuse victims and retires from post

Mar 24, 2010 - 10:02 am .- The Holy Father officially accepted the resignation of Bishop John Magee of the Diocese of Cloyne, Ireland on Wednesday. The Irish Bishops’ Conference had already reassigned his powers and duties in March of last year.

CNA and EWTN launch joint news service

Mar 24, 2010 - 06:23 am .- Catholic News Agency is pleased to announce it has entered into an agreement with the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). The new cooperation involves the sharing of news and resources to bring readers more Catholic news from around the world.

Religious freedom does not require complete secularization, archbishop tells UN

Mar 24, 2010 - 04:33 am .- The leader of the Holy See’s delegation to the United Nations in Geneva has advocated a form of religious freedom that does not require “complete secularization” but sees religion as a “bridge” to human rights. He also criticized laws against “defamation” as vague and open to abuse targeting religious minorities.

Clerical abuse reports being exploited to discredit Catholics, Elizabeth Lev charges

Mar 24, 2010 - 03:03 am .- A prominent Catholic writer says “selective” and “salacious” reporting of Catholic clergy in the aftermath of clerical sexual abuse scandals is being used to discredit a “powerful moral voice” in public debate. Acknowledging genuine abuse, she says present day anti-clericalism echoes the slanders of pre-Revolutionary France.

Prop. 8 opponents object to making disclosures already required of Prop. 8 supporters

Mar 24, 2010 - 01:09 am .- Although the same actions have been required of their adversaries, opponents of Proposition 8 have objected to a federal judge’s ruling that they must turn over internal campaign materials to the lawyers of Prop. 8 supporters.

Sr. Keehan receives presidential pen for supporting health care despite bishops' objections

Mar 24, 2010 - 12:39 am .- Sister Carol Keehan, President of the Catholic Health Association, has been awarded with one of the 21 pens used by President Barack Obama on Tuesday to sign the health care bill.