Archive of January 19, 2009

Google sides with anti-Prop. 8 lawsuits in amicus briefs

Jan 19, 2009 - 11:40 pm .- At least sixty amicus curiae briefs have been filed with the California Supreme Court, variously arguing for and against to the constitutionality of Proposition 8. Opponents include internet giant Google, Inc., which argues the Proposition denies employees “basic rights.”

Bishops call on Obama not to abandon pro-life policies

Jan 19, 2009 - 09:04 pm .- In a letter made public today, the U.S. bishops ask president-elect Barack Obama to continue President Bush’s pro-life policies particularly on the conscience rights of health care professionals, not providing foreign aid for promoting abortion and embryonic stem cell research.

Calls for investigation after botched abortion at clinic in Madrid leaves woman dead

Jan 19, 2009 - 08:07 pm .- The spokesman for the organization Spanish Alternative (Alternativa Espanola), Francisco Torres Garcia, denounced Madrid city officials for continuing to allow the family planning clinic El Bosque to perform abortions despite a botched abortion that resulted in the death of the mother.

Pope moves 10 closer to sainthood

Jan 19, 2009 - 06:46 pm .- On Saturday, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to announce the approval of the miracles and heroic virtues of several Servants of God.

Seventh World Meeting of Families to be held in Milan

Jan 19, 2009 - 05:45 pm .- The Italian city of Milan will be the site of the next World Meeting of Families, scheduled to take place in spring of 2012, the Holy Father announced on Sunday. 

Stamps with portraits of seven Popes to mark 80th anniversary of Vatican City State

Jan 19, 2009 - 02:55 pm .- The Vatican Post Office will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Vatican City State by issuing seven stamps with the portraits of seven Popes on February 10.

Italian expert warns of risks of social networking sites

Jan 19, 2009 - 12:23 pm .- The L’Osservatore Romano has published some excerpts  from an article that will soon appear in La Civilta Cattolica written by Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro, who warns of the risks of using social networking sites such as Facebook or Myspace, which can submerge users in loneliness and fragile friendships and are inadequate substitutes for the natural desire to be loved.

Pittsburgh rector named bishop of Alaskan diocese

Jan 19, 2009 - 11:16 am .- This morning the Holy Father appointed Msgr. Edward J. Burns to be the Bishop of Juneau, Alaska.  Msgr. Burns is currently rector of the St. Paul diocesan seminary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Pope notes progress in Lutheran-Catholic dialogue over justification

Jan 19, 2009 - 11:15 am .- On Monday morning, Pope Benedict XVI received an ecumenical delegation of Finnish Lutherans and Catholics on the Feast of St. Henry, patron saint of Finland. The Holy Father spoke with the group about the progress made on a joint declaration about justification.

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