Archive of January 15, 2009

Seminarians in Spain launch new CD of Catholic music

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.”

Pro-life mini-movie ‘Miracle of Life’ released

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.

800 children march for peace in streets of Bethlehem

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.

Vatican finds U.S. seminaries in overall good health

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.

Bishop responds to ‘meritless’ ACLU lawsuit against human trafficking contract

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.

Details of relics of St. Therese's parents revealed

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.

Colombian bishops: We will not be obstacles in the release of hostages

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.

Bishops of Venezuela urge Chavez not to seek re-election for the good of the country

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.

Benedict XVI calls Synod of bishops to appoint new Patriarch of Syriac Catholic Church

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.

Catholic Church signs agreement with German federal state

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.

Pope encourages Vatican police to turn to Christ in dark times

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.

Bishops pledge to help U.S. leaders advance common good and defend life

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.”

Colorado Episcopal bishop ordains partnered lesbian as priest

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.

Vatican Post Office to issue stamp for Feast of Conversion of St. Paul

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.

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