Archive of January 16, 2009

Priests should encourage recovery of Sacrament of Reconciliation

Jan 16, 2009 - 08:36 pm .- The Vatican congregation in charge of overseeing the Sacrament of Reconciliation as well as the granting of indulgences has just finished a conference in Rome. The aim of the meeting was help people recover “the joy of the personal experience of the mercy of God” and to encourage priests to make this a priority.

Madrid cardinal says dignity of immigrants should be recognized

Jan 16, 2009 - 07:47 pm .- In a pastoral letter marking World Day of Migrants, which will take place this coming Sunday, the Archbishop of Madrid, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela called on the faithful of the archdiocese to express their solidarity with immigrants, especially in light of the global economic crisis.

‘Very humble’ priest dies in attack on Kenya philosophical institute

Jan 16, 2009 - 06:34 pm .- An elderly Italian priest apparently died of suffocation late Friday morning in Nairobi after two attackers tied him up and stuffed his mouth with papers.

President declares Sanctity of Human Life Day, sums up pro-life victories

Jan 16, 2009 - 05:08 pm .- In what may be his last declaration as U.S. president, George W. Bush has announced that he is establishing January 18, 2009 as "National Sanctity of Human Life Day."

Dominican bishops call for an end to 'shameless corruption'

Jan 16, 2009 - 03:15 pm .- In a pastoral letter to mark the upcoming feast of Our Lady of Altagracia, patroness of the country, the bishops of the Dominican Republic have made an urgent call for an end to the malaise affecting Dominican society, especially corruption.

Portuguese cardinal warns against marrying Muslims

Jan 16, 2009 - 01:31 pm .- The Patriarch of Lisbon, Cardinal Jose Policarpo, warned the women of Portugal this Wednesday of the problems that can arise from marriage with Portuguese men of the Muslim faith.

Pope calls Iranian Catholics to work for peace among nations

Jan 16, 2009 - 12:06 pm .- This morning the Holy Father met members from the Episcopal Conference of Iran, which is comprised of bishops from the Armenian, Chaldean and Latin Catholic Churches.  During the meeting, Pope Benedict urged Catholics in Iran to not only remain “steadfast in the faith of their fathers,” but to also encourage peace among nations.”

Vatican observer urges more attention to endangered civilians in Gaza conflict

Jan 16, 2009 - 11:34 am .- During the course of an open debate at the U.N. on protecting civilians during armed conflict, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the permanent of the Holy See, expressed disappointment with situations in which armies do not attempt to take reasonable measures to protect civilians.

Archbishop of New Orleans appeals for peace in church closure controversy

Jan 16, 2009 - 05:05 am .- Following the expulsion and arrest of some protesters who were occupying churches declared to be closed, the Archbishop of New Orleans Alfred Hughes has issued a message urging peace and reconciliation in the controversy.

N.H. bishop reflects on Inauguration’s ironies of racial advancement and pro-life setbacks

Jan 16, 2009 - 02:52 am .- The juxtaposition of the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama and the March for Life has prompted Bishop John G. McCormack of Manchester, New Hampshire to reflect upon American society. While President-elect Obama’s status as the first African-American president marks victorious progress, he said it also marks the further political defeat of the pro-life movement.

Nighttime armed attackers strike Congolese Salesian community

Jan 16, 2009 - 01:12 am .- A Salesian community in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was violently attacked by several armed men Wednesday night.

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