Archive of February 22, 2012

Hundreds of Spanish pro-life groups mobilize for march

Feb 22, 2012 - 04:03 pm .- Around 400 civic groups in Spain are joining together to support a pro-life demonstration set for March 24 in downtown Madrid.

Execution order may have been issued for Iranian pastor

Feb 22, 2012 - 03:16 pm .- Iranian authorities may have issued an execution order for a pastor jailed for refusing to renounce his Christian faith.

Pope says ashes symbolize austerity and resurrection

Feb 22, 2012 - 01:31 pm .- Like millions of Catholics around the world, Pope Benedict XVI received ashes on Ash Wednesday. He said that they become a “sacred symbol” of austerity which reflects both the “curse” of sin and the promise of the resurrection in a fallen world.

Live Lent with courage, Pope urges Christians

Feb 22, 2012 - 12:10 pm .- As he observed Ash Wednesday, Pope Benedict XVI urged Christians to live the 40 days of Lent with faith and patience, aware that God will bring light, truth and joy into the darkness.

Cuban archbishop thwarts police violence against women protestors

Feb 22, 2012 - 12:03 pm .- A leading Cuban archbishop intervened to prevent 14 members of the Women in White protest group from being assaulted by Cuban police agents

EWTN explains lawsuit against HHS in New York Times essay

Feb 22, 2012 - 11:12 am .- The president of the world's largest religious media network has explained his reasons for suing the U.S. government, in a Feb. 21 New York Times editorial about the federal contraception mandate.

Gov. Christie praised for veto of New Jersey 'gay marriage' bill

Feb 22, 2012 - 04:06 am .- The New Jersey Catholic Conference lauded Gov. Chris Christie's veto of a bill recognizing “gay marriage” in the state, but observed that better marriage formation for local Catholics is still needed.

Insurers do not believe contraception mandate will cut costs

Feb 22, 2012 - 02:24 am .- A new survey reveals that pharmacy directors across the country do not believe that a mandate requiring insurance companies to offer free contraceptives will cut costs as the Obama administration has predicted.

Some Philadelphia Catholic schools spared closure

Feb 22, 2012 - 12:10 am .- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has accepted the final recommendations for elementary school closures in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia but has granted appeals from 18 of the schools.