Dec 9, 2008 - 11:59 pm .- Experts in faith formation and leadership in the Hispanic community of the United States recently met with staff members of the U.S. Conference of Bishop’s (USCCB) Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church. Their meeting focused upon the improvement of faith formation among Hispanics and Latinos of all ages in parishes, dioceses, and Catholic institutions.
Dec 9, 2008 - 09:13 pm .- A coalition of pro-life and pro-marriage groups on Wednesday will present to the United Nations a petition containing at least 350,000 signatures asking that U.N. member states interpret the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as protecting unborn children from abortion and protecting the traditional family.
Dec 9, 2008 - 06:40 pm .- Archbishop Rafael Cheenath of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar said this week, “The persecution of Christians in Orissa,” a state of India where hundreds have been attacked by Hindu extremists in recent months, “continues amidst the indifference of authorities.”
Dec 9, 2008 - 05:16 pm .- Yesterday, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Holy Father traveled to Rome’s Piazza di Spagna to pray at the statue of Mary Immaculate. Gathered in the square packed with thousands, the Pope prayed that Christians be given the courage to become “the soul of the world at this difficult moment of history.”
Dec 9, 2008 - 05:00 pm .- The Catholic Action Archdiocesan Forum in Costa Rica has reminded the country’s lawmakers of their duty to protect the fundamental values of life and marriage when passing laws.
Dec 9, 2008 - 03:52 pm .- A study by a group of experts in Spain has revealed that 80% of women who have had an abortion suffer symptoms of depression, while 40% have considered suicide.
Dec 9, 2008 - 02:06 pm .- The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Fouad Twal, said this week the seminary in the patriarchate of the Holy Land “is rich in vocations but poor in resources,” and that “expansion is needed so that the young people who knock on its door are not turned away.”
Dec 9, 2008 - 11:15 am .- The Pope today reminded both the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue and the Pontifical Council for Culture that in order for dialogue to be authentic, it must avoid relativism and “be animated by sincere respect for others.” The two dicasteries met today at the Vatican to discuss the theme, “Dialogue between Cultures and Religions.”
Dec 9, 2008 - 11:11 am .- At the Vatican on Tuesday morning, Pope Benedict XVI approved several miracles and declarations of heroic virtue moving forward nine people closer to canonization.
Dec 9, 2008 - 11:03 am .- Pope Benedict XVI announced on Tuesday that he has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Francis Arinze as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. He is being succeeded by Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera.
Dec 9, 2008 - 06:04 am .- Citing concerns about Hindu extremists, Bishop Gerald Mathias of Lucknow, India has canceled many of the Christmas festivities in his north Indian diocese.
Dec 9, 2008 - 03:49 am .- Words associated with Christianity have been removed from an Oxford University Press children’s dictionary for the United Kingdom. Editors justified the changes by citing declining church attendance and multiculturalism.
Dec 9, 2008 - 01:46 am .- Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Archbishop of Westminster and head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, has penned a newspaper editorial examining the phenomenon of secularism. Granting that secularism has led to some increased acceptance of Catholics, he criticized the new intolerance directed against those who maintain pro-life and pro-family views.