Archive of January 18, 2009

Religious leaders ask Obama to ban torture

Jan 18, 2009 - 07:03 pm .- Leaders of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), who met with officials from the Obama transition team on Wednesday, have issued a letter calling for an executive order banning torture.

Oldest Catholic U.S. pastor retires at age 97

Jan 18, 2009 - 04:43 pm .- After serving as the pastor of SS. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Olyphant, Pennsylvania for over 50 years, Monsignor Stephen Hrynuck, 97, has retired due to health concerns.

Benedict XVI appeals for end to violence in Gaza as cease-fire is tested

Jan 18, 2009 - 11:38 am .- After praying the Angelus from the window of his study today, Pope Benedict XVI issued a plea for an end to the fighting in the Gaza Strip and offered his prayers for those working for peace. Although Israel declared a cease-fire early on Sunday morning, Hamas has pledged to continue its resistance.

Pope: Immigration is an opportunity for fostering peace

Jan 18, 2009 - 10:49 am .- Praying the Angelus January 18th, Pope Benedict XVI spoke of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, and encouraged Christians to look at immigration as "an opportunity for an encounter between civilizations” that can take place peacefully through prayer and action.

State to take over Catholic College of Santa Fe

Jan 18, 2009 - 01:07 am .- The Board of Regents at New Mexico Highlands University has approved plans to take control of the financially burdened College of Santa Fe (CSF), a financially troubled Catholic institution. The plans were lamented by the Cardinal Newman Society (CNS), a group dedicated to strengthening Catholic identity in higher education.

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