Jan 26, 2007 - 04:18 pm .- A former high-ranking officer with the KGB claims that the Kremlin and the Russian intelligence agency in the 1960s were set on executing a smear campaign against the Catholic Church, and the main target was Pope Pius XII.In a recent issue of the National Review Online, Lt. General Ion Mihai Pacepa, who eventually defected from the former Soviet bloc, recounts how the KGB and the Kremlin designed the deliberate campaign to portray the Pius XII “as a coldhearted Nazi sympathizer.”
Jan 26, 2007 - 03:36 pm .- The Diocese of Charleston, in South Carolina, announced today the preliminary approval of an agreement to settle several child sexual abuse cases in advance. In a press release announcing the settlement, Bishop Robert Baker of Charleston expressed his tremendous desire to “heal the hurts” of those abused.According to the diocese and the Richter & Haller law firm, which is handling cases for the claimants, A judge has signed the order giving preliminary approval to the agreement. It still must pass a Fairness Hearing for final approval.
Jan 26, 2007 - 12:02 pm .- The Buffalo Regional Right to Life Committee on Wednesday praised a deacon who blasted Rep. Brian Higgins during Mass on Respect Life Sunday in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.
Jan 26, 2007 - 11:45 am .- A Catholic teacher in Ohio was told she could only be exempt from paying union dues to the Ohio Education Association (OEA), if she changed religions. The teacher had requested and exemption after learning that the dues would assist in the promotion of abortion.
Jan 26, 2007 - 11:40 am .- A Paris priest has been awarded the “Cardinal Henri de Lubac” literary prize for his thesis on the respect for human life.
Jan 26, 2007 - 11:36 am .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Nicaragua, Archbishop Leopoldo Brenes of Managua reiterated this week that the Church in that country would not change its position, which supports the defense of life from the moment of conception and opposes all types of abortion.
Jan 26, 2007 - 11:27 am .- Bishop Felipe Arizmendi of San Cristobal de las Casas in southern Mexico has issued a clarification regarding the Holy See’s request that he implement a reform of the diocesan deaconate program. The bishop said he does not promote the priestly ordination of married deacons but rather that he only listens to “the petitions of some of the faithful in this matter.”
Jan 26, 2007 - 11:25 am .- During a ceremony for the re-opening of the Cathedral of Getafe outside Madrid, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela said the hedonistic, agnostic, and carefree message that young people are bombarded with today “is what leaves them morally and spiritually ill-equipped for the challenge of responsibly planning their future.”
Jan 26, 2007 - 11:16 am .- A new CBS News poll has found that a majority of Americans want to prohibit abortions in all or most cases or want greater restrictions. The poll results are consistent with the results of a 2006 poll, reported LifeNews.com.According to the poll, 47 percent of Americans want to prohibit all or most abortions and 16 percent want them to be greatly restricted.
Jan 26, 2007 - 10:55 am .- The newly appointed Prefect for the Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy, Cardinal Claudio Hummes, released a letter this week, encouraging the world’s priests in their ministry and committing himself to their service.
Jan 26, 2007 - 10:16 am .- Speaking this week to representatives of Aid to the Church in Need, Bishop Daniel Kur Adwok, Auxiliary Bishop of Khartoum said the government of Sudan is “playing games” with people regarding the country’s tenuous peace plan.
Jan 26, 2007 - 09:42 am .- Presiding at the celebration of vespers Thursday afternoon in the Basilica of St. Paul’s Outside-the-Walls, Pope Benedict XVI challenged all Christians to be courageous in proclaiming the word of God and said that what the world “awaits above all” is the united testimony of Christians.