Jan 15, 2009 - 10:50 pm .- The choir at the Minor Seminary of San Pelagio in Cordoba, Spain, has produced a new CD entitled, “Ofrece tu vida. Canciones para la catequesis” (Offer Your Life. Songs for Catechesis), which is intended to be “an instrument of evangelization for parishes, catechists, youth groups and children.”
Jan 15, 2009 - 10:05 pm .- A new pro-life mini-movie showing the stages of development in an unborn child has been released by Catholic Media House.
Jan 15, 2009 - 08:07 pm .- The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Fouad Twal, led a procession for peace through the streets of Bethlehem with more than 800 children, who offered their prayers for the innocent victims of the conflict in Gaza.
Jan 15, 2009 - 07:34 pm .- The Vatican has just completed its report on the health of U.S. seminaries, which resulted from questions about the formation of priests brought on by the sexual abuse crisis. The report finds that most American seminaries are healthy and that seminarian morality has improved, particularly in regard to homosexual behavior.
Jan 15, 2009 - 05:59 pm .- The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ committee for migrants and refugees criticized as “meritless” an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawsuit concerning a government contract awarded to the bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services for anti-human trafficking efforts.
Jan 15, 2009 - 03:45 pm .- During this week’s Wednesday General Audience, as the Sixth World Meeting of Families began in Mexico City, a group of French and Italian pilgrims gave Pope Benedict XVI a gift of relics of the beatified parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, Louis Guerin and Celie Martin.
Jan 15, 2009 - 03:41 pm .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Bishop Ruben Salazar, said this week the bishops would “stay out” of the process of the release of six hostages promised by the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC) if the rebel group is opposed to their involvement.
Jan 15, 2009 - 02:02 pm .- At the conclusion of their 91st Ordinary Plenary Assembly, the Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela issued a document in which they called on President Hugo Chavez to reconsider his desire to get re-elected for life for the sake of peace and reconciliation in the country.
Jan 15, 2009 - 11:48 am .- The Holy Father has called a Synod of bishops from the Syriac Catholic Church to take place in Rome January 17 – 23 in order to elect a new Patriarch of Antioch of the Syrians and of All the East.
Jan 15, 2009 - 11:32 am .- An agreement between the Holy See and one of Germany’s federal states was made public on Wednesday afternoon. The agreement creates an understanding about the operation of Catholic schools, hospitals and other Church entities.
Jan 15, 2009 - 10:56 am .- Members of the Vatican’s security force met with Pope Benedict and heard him offer encouragement not to lose heart in the face of the many threatening clouds gathering on the horizon. Christ is the true hope of Christians and only he can build a world of love and justice, he said.
Jan 15, 2009 - 04:45 am .- Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, writing on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has sent a letter to President-elect Barack Obama, Vice-president-elect Joseph Biden and Congress to assure them of the bishops’ prayers and their commitment “to make this period of national change a time to advance the common good and defend the life and dignity of all.”
Jan 15, 2009 - 02:06 am .- Controversy within the Episcopal Church renewed on Saturday as the Episcopal Bishop of Colorado Robert O'Neill ordained a “partnered” lesbian as an Episcopal priest.
Jan 15, 2009 - 01:05 am .- On January 25, the Vatican City Government’s Post Office will issue a special stamp on the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul to mark the Pauline Year.