Archive of January 15, 2008

CRS gears up for long-term assistance to Kenyans

Jan 15, 2008 - 08:42 pm .- More than 600 people have died and almost 200,000 people are now displaced by violence resulting from the contested December 27 general election, according to government officials in Kenya. Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has provided $250,000 worth of emergency supplies to aid 37,500 people in the worst-affected regions of the Rift Valley. Working closely with other agencies, including the U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and Caritas Kenya, CRS is now assessing ongoing needs and planning longer term response activities.

Bishops expose Catholics for a Free Choice for attempting to confuse Wisconsin legislature

Jan 15, 2008 - 07:06 pm .- A dispute over a proposed Wisconsin law mandating emergency contraceptive coverage for rape victims has resulted in a clash between a group calling itself Catholics for a Free Choice (CFFC) and Bishops Robert Morlino and Jerome Listecki....

Priests for Life launches prayer campaign to prepare for Roe anniversary

Jan 15, 2008 - 05:15 pm .- Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, has announced a national prayer campaign starting January 14 and running through January 22, "in reparation for the killing of tens of millions of children by abortion." 

Rejection of Pope's speech is fear of dialogue between faith and reason, professor says

Jan 15, 2008 - 03:30 pm .- Opposition to Pope Benedict’s now postponed appearance at La Sapienza University, has led Professor Giorgio Israel to write that the resistance of his colleagues is a sign of fear about a dialogue between faith and reason taking place.

Papal visit to Italian university postponed after protests

Jan 15, 2008 - 03:25 pm .- A planned papal visit to the prestigious La Sapienza University in Rome was canceled after protest from faculty and staff who accused the Pope of holding an offensive position on the scientist Galileo Galilei, the BBC reports.

Venezuelan cardinal demands Chavez respect Church leaders

Jan 15, 2008 - 01:26 pm .- The archbishop of Caracas, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, is demanding that President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela show more respect for the Church and her representatives, after he accused the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Giacinto Berloco, of protecting a “criminal”—student leader Nixon Moreno—in the Nunciature.

Schedule of Cardinal Bertone’s visit to Cuba made public

Jan 15, 2008 - 12:00 pm .- Father Jose Felix Perez, executive secretary of the Bishops’ Conference of Cuba, announced yesterday that Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, will celebrate several Masses, inaugurate a monument and meet with government officials during his visit to Cuba February 20-26, 2008.

Jesuits to elect new superior on Saturday

Jan 15, 2008 - 10:47 am .- The 217 Jesuits who are eligible to vote in the 35th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus in Rome will elect a new superior general this Saturday to succeed Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins this Friday

Jan 15, 2008 - 10:38 am .- The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, traditionally celebrated every year from January 18 to 25, will begin this coming Friday. Scripture passages for each day of the Week are being offered for prayer and reflection.

Pope faces “ad orientem” in Sistine Chapel liturgy

Jan 15, 2008 - 04:22 am .- Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass on Sunday in the Sistine Chapel, using the church’s original altar beneath Michelangelo’s depiction of the Last Judgment instead of the removable altar used by Pope John Paul II.

Georgetown AIDS prevention study called inaccurate, biased against Catholic ethics

Jan 15, 2008 - 03:43 am .- A Georgetown University study that dismissed the Catholic Church’s approach to limiting the spread of HIV/AIDS has been criticized by a leading researcher for being scientifically inaccurate and having a possible anti-religious bias, reports Deal Hudson at

President Bush proclaims “Religious Freedom Day” from Saudi Arabia

Jan 15, 2008 - 02:18 am .- While in Saudi Arabia, President Bush has decided to issue a proclamation establishing January 16, 2008 as “Religious Freedom Day” in keeping with the 16 year-old tradition.  

Obama appearance at Catholic college sparks protest

Jan 15, 2008 - 01:11 am .- The appearance at a Catholic college of a presidential candidate who supports abortion has provoked objections from the Cardinal Newman Society, an organization focusing on Catholic identity and renewal in higher education.

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