2. March 2010
Church Offers “Maternal Friendship” to the Gypsies
The Church has promised to reach out more to the Gypsy populations of the world, 9-12 million of who live in Europe. The sufferings of the nomadic Gypsy populations is well known, Pope Paul VI in 1965
“Here [in the Church] you are warmly welcome, here you are awaited, greeted, celebrated. […] In the Church you are not on the margins, but, in some respects, you are the center, you are the heart. You are in the heart of the Church, [that] loves the poor, the suffering, the lowest, the disinherited, and the abandoned.”
Archbishop Vegliò suggested this visit “made manifest to them the solicitude of the Church,” and this effort was continued by Pope John Paul II. The prelate particularly noted the Polish Pope’s request for forgiveness “for the sins committed by the sons of the Church in the past; sins that continue, unfortunately, to cast their shadow also over the present.” read more
Pope Invited to Galicia for “Jacobeo” Holy Year
The Apostle James the Greater (in Spanish, Santiago) is the patron of Spain. Tradition holds that he evangelized Spain, and his tomb is located in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, which is the destination of the historic and popular pilgrimage route El Camino de Santiago de Compostela (The Way of St. James).
The apostle’s feastday is July 25, and a holy year is celebrated each year that the feast falls on a Sunday, which happens 14 times every century.
This year’s celebration, which began Dec. 31 and will last through to the end of 2010, will be the second “Jacobeo” Holy Year of the third millennium. The next holy year will take place in 2021. read more
More Dangers of IVF Treatment
Researchers in Denmark have shown there is an increase in stillborn children and IVF treatment for infertility. Proving further that reproductive technologies are not only harmful to embryos, but also to full term children.
The researchers studied more than 20,000 pregnancies and found that out of every 1,000 women who conceive with IVF (in vitro fertilization) and ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection), 16.2 give birth to a dead child whereas for fertile women who do not conceive with artificial fertilization, the risk is reduced to 3.7. read more