Archive of January 11, 2008

New campaign launched to promote family rosary

Jan 11, 2008 - 11:00 pm .- The recent controversy unleashed between pro-family organizations and government officials in Spain in the wake of the pro-family march on December 30 has inspired a new campaign to promote the family rosary in the country.

Female guerrilla member escapes from FARC to avoid forced abortion

Jan 11, 2008 - 06:20 pm .- A 17 year-old member of the Marxist rebel group FARC who is three months pregnant has escaped from the organization to avoid being forced to undergo an abortion and to save the life of her child.  She revealed that forced abortions are a common practice in the rebel group.

Spanish cardinal: investing in healthy family life is best bet for peace

Jan 11, 2008 - 06:11 pm .- Amidst the debate in Spain over the recent pro-family march in Madrid, the archbishop of Valencia, Cardinal Agustin Garcia-Gasco, said, “A society without families, or with confused or weakened families, is a society continually exposed to violence,” and therefore “investing in healthy family life is the best bet for stable and lasting peace.”

Release of hostages a demand of humanitarian rights, Colombian bishop says

Jan 11, 2008 - 04:35 pm .- The secretary general of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Bishop Fabian Marulanda, said the release by the rebel group FARC of two female hostages (Carla Rojas and Consuelo González) is due to the “moral obligation to return them because their release is not a favor, it is a demand of human rights.”

Vatican shocked at manipulation of Pope’s speech on Rome

Jan 11, 2008 - 11:53 am .- The Holy See’s Press Office has expressed amazement at how Pope Benedict XVI’s meeting with the mayor of Rome and other regional government officials yesterday is being used for political gain.

Vatican City police thanked by Pope, given inspiration to serve

Jan 11, 2008 - 11:08 am .- As he does at the beginning of every year, the Pope received members of the police force in charge of public security for Vatican City today. Thanking them for their vigilance and dedication, Benedict XVI also reminded the security force that they should see in those they protect “the face of a brother or a sister whom God has put in your path”.

Public Radio International skit blasphemes Eucharist, apology made

Jan 11, 2008 - 10:09 am .- A January 7 public radio skit that made disparaging remarks about the Eucharist while attacking Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee provoked outrage from Catholics and a speedy apology from its distributor.

Cardinal Newman beatification hoped for this year as saint guidelines tighten

Jan 11, 2008 - 09:10 am .- Cardinal John Henry Newman, the famous 19th-century British convert to Catholicism, could be beatified this year even as Pope Benedict tightens the guidelines for canonizations, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Catholic pizza billionaire backs Romney

Jan 11, 2008 - 07:42 am .- Tom Monaghan, the Catholic philanthropist who made his fortune in Domino’s Pizza, has endorsed former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in his campaign to become the Republican candidate for president.

Airline can order employee to cover cross necklace, British court rules

Jan 11, 2008 - 05:02 am .- A British Airways employee who sued her employer after it required her to cover up a cross necklace while she worked has lost her religious discrimination lawsuit, WorldNetDaily reports.

Nuncio in Mexico reiterates Church’s opposition to euthanasia

Jan 11, 2008 - 04:11 am .- During a press conference this week, the Apostolic Nuncio in Mexico, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, reiterated the Church’s opposition to euthanasia, calling it an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the human person.

Bishops from Europe and US to visit Holy Land in support of peace

Jan 11, 2008 - 01:06 am .- Father Pierre Grech, the general secretary of the Latin Bishops’ Conference in the Arab Region, said this week that a group of bishops from the European and U.S. Bishops' conferences will visit the Holy Land January 12-16 in order to support the peace process in the region, where Christians are a minority.

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