Archive of January 10, 2007

Spiritual renewal underway in Holland…but outside the public sphere

Jan 10, 2007 - 06:41 pm .- Religion, especially Christianity, appears to be making a comeback in the ultra secular Holland, although those who are returning to the faith are seeking refuge from public life rather than engaging it.

Sudanese Bishop credits Catholic charity with strengthening archdiocese

Jan 10, 2007 - 01:35 pm .- An Auxiliary Bishop for the Sudanese Archdiocese of Khartoum has credited Catholic charity organization Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) for strengthening the local Church through their support.

Political service still has value despite accusations of corruption, Chilean bishops say

Jan 10, 2007 - 01:22 pm .- Despite accusations of corruption that have rocked political life in Chile and several disagreements between the government and the Church over issues related to values, the president of the Bishops’ Conference of Chile emphasized that the bishops value the vocation to public service and political life.

Number of Catholics leaving Church in Austria declines in 2006

Jan 10, 2007 - 01:18 pm .- According to a “new and encouraging” report by the Archdiocese of Vienna, the number of Catholics that leaving the Church sharply declined in 2006, in marked contrast with the high numbers if citizens formally abandoning their Catholic faith in previous years.

Spanish Socialists block aid to pregnant women in Spain while promoting abortion in Latin America

Jan 10, 2007 - 01:07 pm .- The Spanish weekly “Alba” has revealed that while the Socialist government is denying aid to local entities that provide aid to pregnant women, it is earmarking large sums of money to promote abortion throughout the world, especially in Latin America.

Another Indian state passes anti-conversion bill

Jan 10, 2007 - 01:05 pm .- Christians are concerned about an anti-conversion bill that was passed in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.

New Spanish-language media campaign highlights importance of family

Jan 10, 2007 - 12:59 pm .- The Catholic Communication Campaign of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops launched a Spanish-language public service campaign that highlights the importance of family and community. The campaign’s theme is La Familia Unida Esperanza en la Vida. (A United Family Has More Hope for Life.)

Russian Catholic bishops respect Wielgus’s decision to resign

Jan 10, 2007 - 12:58 pm .- The Roman Catholic bishops’ conference of Russia urged the Church and its members to respect the decision made by Stanislaw Wojciech Wielgus to resign from his recent nomination as Archbishop of Warsaw.

20,000 young Catholics expected to descend on Washington for Pro-Life Rally

Jan 10, 2007 - 12:20 pm .- More than 20,000 Catholic teens and young adults from across the country will fill Washington, D.C.’s largest sports arena for the annual Rally for Life and Youth Mass, marking the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the United States.

Social concern can never be separated from announcing the Gospel, Pope says

Jan 10, 2007 - 12:16 pm .- Returning to a catechesis on the Apostles and early Saints of the Church, Pope Benedict focused his Wednesday General Audience on the figure of St. Stephen.  The Holy Father told some 7,000 pilgrims gathered in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, that Stephen, who was a Deacon and the first Martyr of the Church, demonstrates that Christians should always act in a socially charitable way, while never shying away from preaching the Gospel.  

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