South Dakota Improves Regulation on Abortion
PIERRE— South Dakota has established a three-day waiting period for all abortions. Other States require a 24-hour waiting period only.
The new law also requires women to undergo pre-abortion counseling to ensure their decision to have an abortion is "voluntary, uncoerced and informed."
The law takes effect on July 1st. Opponents of the new law have announced plans to challenge it.
New Bishop for Nocera Inferiore
VATICAN CITY—The Holy Father appointed Msgr. Giuseppe Giudice as bishop of Nocera Inferiore – Sarno, Italy.
He succeeds Bishop Gioacchino Illiano, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.
Giudice, bishop-elect, was born in Sala Consolina, Italy in 1956 and ordained a priest in 1986.
He currently serves at the diocese of Teggiano-Policastro, Italy, as pastor of the parishes of Sant'Anna and of Sant'Antonio di Padova in Sala Consilina, and director of the diocesan offices for catechesis and for schools.
Holy Father to Sick: Find Comfort in the Cross
VATICAN CITY—Benedict XVI is encouraging people struggling with illness to find comfort in the cross this Lent.
Addressing young people, the sick and newlyweds in his last general audience, the Pope said, "Dear friends, may the Lenten season be a propitious occasion to translate our daily existence, according to the different situations in which each one of us finds himself, into the same sentiments of the Savior, who for us gave his life on the cross."
The Pontiff expressed his hope that his listeners would find "comfort and support in [Christ's] sacrifice offered for the salvation of the whole of humanity."
Pope’s New Book to Be Presented to Roman Diocese
ROME (Zenit.org)— The second volume of Benedict XVI's "Jesus of Nazareth" will be presented Thursday at his cathedral in Rome.
The event at the Basilica of St. John Lateran is the second in a three-part series called "Dialogues in the Cathedral."
Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller of Regensburg, Germany, will present the book, accompanied by Italian philosopher and politician Marcello Pera. The vicar of the Diocese of Rome, Cardinal Agostino Vallini, will introduce the evening.
Bishop Müller, 63, has been the bishop of Regensburg since 2002.
Pera served as the president of the Italian Senate from 2001 to 2006. He is currently a professor at the Pontifical Lateran University. The senator collaborated with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in his 2004 book "Senza Radici. Europa, Relativismo, Cristianesimo, Islam" (Without Roots: The West, Relativism, Christianity, Islam).
He also authored "Perche Dobbiamo Dirci Cristiani" (Why We Must Say We Are Christians) (2008), which is prefaced by a letter written by Benedict XVI.
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