Archive of January 9, 2008

More bomb attacks on Iraqi churches, severe material damage caused

Jan 9, 2008 - 10:06 pm .- Continuing a trend of attacks on Christian buildings, two car bombs exploded outside churches on Wednesday in the northern Iraq city of Kirkuk.

Cardinal Ortega: Church in Cuba “is alive and united with her people”

Jan 9, 2008 - 08:04 pm .- In an extensive interview with the magazine “Espacio Laical,” published by the Archdiocese of Havana, Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega said the Church in Cuba is “alive and united with her people.”

Cardinal Saraiva announces canonization of Ecuadoran woman in 2008

Jan 9, 2008 - 05:38 pm .- The prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, announced this week that among the first causes of canonization to be proclaimed this year will be Blessed Narcisa de Jesus, a laywoman who died in 1869 and will become the third Ecuadorian saint.

Spanish Socialist leader asks Pope to give explanation of the family

Jan 9, 2008 - 05:34 pm .- A heated debate is taking place in Spain over the meaning of the family. In the wake of a massive pro-family march on December 30 in Madrid, the secretary of the Socialist Party (PSOE), Jose Blanco, has raised the debate’s temperature by asking Pope Benedict XVI to explain to him “just what exactly is the Christian family” and by recommending that “some members” of the Catholic Church “re-read the gospel.”

Catholics for a Free Choice attempts to confuse voters, says Catholic Association

Jan 9, 2008 - 03:06 pm .- A new ad campaign from the group, Catholics for a Free Choice (CFFC), has drawn criticism from the Catholic Association for confusing the Catholic position on abortion and attempting to sway voters in the presidential primary elections. 

Impressive support for Cardinal Garcia-Gasco in wake of attacks by Socialists

Jan 9, 2008 - 01:33 pm .- The Archdiocese of Valencia has announced that since the enormous protest in support of the family on December 30 in Madrid, Cardinal Agustin Garcia-Gasco, one of the leaders of the event that brought together some 2 million people, has received a constant stream of support.

Marriage Amendments proposed for ballot in six states

Jan 9, 2008 - 01:26 pm .- A variety of grassroots organizations, churches, and individuals are working on state constitutional amendments for 2008 that affirm that marriage is a union between a man and a woman.

Pakistan’s Catholics join Muslims in remembering Benazir Bhutto

Jan 9, 2008 - 10:42 am .- Catholics in Pakistan joined their countrymen in grieving for Benazir Bhutto with a special Mass in Lahore on Sunday.

St. Augustine honored by Pope Benedict as “a man of passion and faith”

Jan 9, 2008 - 10:32 am .- “One of the most important exponents of Christianity" in his time, is how Pope Benedict XVI described St. Augustine today at the Wednesday general audience.

Papal visit plans consider security threats, ticket scalpers

Jan 9, 2008 - 08:05 am .- Those planning Pope Benedict XVI’s April visit to New York are considering security concerns, the logistics of stadium seating, and the threat of ticket-scalping at the Papal Mass, the Washington Post reports.

Catholic hospital sued for refusing breast implants to “transgendered”

Jan 9, 2008 - 05:15 am .- A Catholic-run hospital faces a lawsuit for refusing breast augmentation surgery to a transgendered person, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Controversial San Francisco mayor uses historic church on inauguration day

Jan 9, 2008 - 04:32 am .- The mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom, has made the news in the past for conducting an extra-marital affair and catering homosexual groups. His support for these groups puts him at odds with the Catholic faith, but according to the California Catholic Daily, he has chosen the historic Mission Dolores Basilica for a family Mass on Tuesday, to celebrate his inauguration to his second term in office.

Bishops of Colombia support end of guerilla’s “media show”

Jan 9, 2008 - 04:15 am .- The secretary of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Bishop Fabian Marulanda, said this week the country’s bishops support the decision by the Colombian government not to authorize any more “international missions” to free those being held by rebel groups, and he called for an end to the “media shows” surrounding the victims of “this atrocious crime.”

Abortion clinics in Spain to go on strike

Jan 9, 2008 - 03:16 am .- Abortion clinics in Spain have decided to go on strike January 8-12 and suspend services as a protest “in defense of our professionalism and the rights of women.”

Diocese discourages Catholics from attending services by priest who “resigned”

Jan 9, 2008 - 01:12 am .- Hundreds disregarded a request from the Diocese of Phoenix to ignore services by former Monsignor Dale Fushek. According to the Arizona Republic, more than 600 people packed three rooms at the Mesa Convention Center last weekend.

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