Archive of May 1, 2012

UK ordinariate thanks Pope Benedict for financial generosity

May 1, 2012 - 08:01 pm .- England's Catholic jurisdiction for former Anglicans has received a $250,000 donation from Pope Benedict XVI, prompting an expression of thanks from its top cleric.

Catholic company's lawsuit could stop mandate within three months

May 1, 2012 - 06:03 pm .- A self-insured Catholic-owned business has filed a lawsuit that could potentially stop the Obama administration's contraception and abortion-causing drug mandate within the next three months.

Argentinean 'miracle baby' continues to improve

May 1, 2012 - 04:02 pm .- Luz Milagros, the baby who was found alive after spending twelve hours in a morgue in Argentina, continues to improve and gain weight although she is still on a respirator.

Blessed John Paul's beatification remembered one year later

May 1, 2012 - 02:30 pm .- Blessed Pope John Paul II has been remembered one year after his beatification with a candlelight prayer vigil at the site where he hosted World Youth Day 2000 in Rome.

Cuban dissident released but could still face life in prison

May 1, 2012 - 12:08 pm .- After 27 days in detainment, the national head of the Patriotic Union of Cuba, Jose Daniel Ferrer, could face life imprisonment if he does not obey the Communist government's order that he suspend dissident activities.

Women's religious conference reform prompts Twitter duel

May 1, 2012 - 10:08 am .- Reaction to the Vatican’s announced reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) took form on the social media site Twitter, where efforts to show support for religious sisters dueled with the group's critics.

New book asks: Is US a 'nation of heretics?'

May 1, 2012 - 04:02 am .- Are Americans actually trading in faith for a more secular outlook? Or is the country's religious center merely shifting – toward a array of sects, visionaries, charismatic leaders and unorthodox doctrines?

Georgetown University will not offer student contraception coverage

May 1, 2012 - 02:07 am .- The president of Georgetown University cited the importance of Catholic identity in his announcement that student health care plans will not be adjusted to include coverage of birth control.

After pro-life boycott, PepsiCo rejects fetal tissue research

May 1, 2012 - 12:01 am .- Soft drink maker PepsiCo has said that it does not conduct or fund research that uses human embryonic or fetal tissue, causing a pro-life group to end its boycott of the company.