Archive of January 23, 2009

Pope’s vicar calls on teachers to educate in hope and be witnesses of Christ

Jan 23, 2009 - 11:08 pm .- Cardinal Agostino Vallini, Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, has sent a letter to Catholic teachers encouraging them to educate children and young people in hope, giving clear testimony to the Gospel of Christ and striving to always make an important contribution to contemporary culture.

Korean cardinal expresses joy at Christian unity in Korea

Jan 23, 2009 - 08:12 pm .- Thousands of Catholics and Christians of other confessions gathered in Seoul this week for an ecumenical gathering to mark the Week of Christian Unity. The Archbishop of Seoul, Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jinsuk, expressed his hope that prayer in common would serve as an example to unify Korea.

Colorado bishops: Obama's reversal of Mexico City Policy "profoundly unfortunate"

Jan 23, 2009 - 08:07 pm .- In a statement issued minutes after the White House confirmed the reversal of the policy protecting foreign nations from the promotion of abortion with US taxes,  the Colorado Bishops' Conference said in a statement that "we are saddened and troubled by President Obama’s reversal today of the Mexico City Policy by executive order."

USCCB: "reversal of Mexico City Policy is very disappointing"

Jan 23, 2009 - 08:05 pm .- Immediately after President Barack Obama signed the executive order reversing the Mexico City policy, at what was described as "a private act in his office," Cardinal Justin Rigali, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities described the decision as "very disappointing."

Obama overturns Mexico City Policy, pro-lifers react

Jan 23, 2009 - 05:54 pm .- Pro-life leaders reacted critically to President Barack Obama’s Friday reversal of President George W. Bush’s ban on federal funding for international groups that promote or perform abortions. One Latin American commentator charged that the policy weakens anti-poverty efforts and had enabled a coercive sterilization campaign in Peru under the Clinton administration.

Florida bishops gear up for Catholic Schools Week

Jan 23, 2009 - 05:46 pm .- In preparation for Catholic Schools Week, the bishops of Florida have released a statement recognizing the valuable social contributions made through the sacrifices of parents, students and Catholic educators.  Catholic Schools Week will take place January 25 – 31.

Boston mom accuses McFadden’s previous employers of a ‘cover-up’

Jan 23, 2009 - 05:31 pm .- A Boston-area Catholic woman is accusing a social justice group of ignoring her warnings that a former employee, who is now jailed under prostitution-related charges, was a danger to women. She also claims that she was threatened with a lawsuit if she made her accusations public, an allegation the group denies.

Pope Benedict willing to take risks to proclaim Christ on the internet

Jan 23, 2009 - 05:15 pm .- The president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, explained this week that Pope Benedict XVI enthusiastically accepted the idea of having a channel on YouTube, because “it’s worth embracing the risks” this implies in order to proclaim Christ and his Gospel and bring him to the new generations.

Benedict XVI praises new technologies, stresses using them for good

Jan 23, 2009 - 04:04 pm .- Speaking on the Holy Father’s Message for the 43rd World Day of Social Communications, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, explained that the Pope’s message delves into the realm of new technology as a “gift to humanity” and discusses the importance of quality relationships and outreach to young people.

Supreme Knight convokes summit of charitable groups to confront crisis

Jan 23, 2009 - 01:30 pm .- In a speech delivered on Jan. 23 at Fairfield University, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson invited the nation’s top charitable and volunteer organizations to attend a summit on Feb. 27 on volunteerism and the charitable response to the economic crisis.

Pope channel makes debut on YouTube

Jan 23, 2009 - 11:40 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has launched himself into the digital age today with the Vatican announcing that a YouTube channel dedicated to his activities and events is now online.

Likely Moscow patriarch stresses differences with Catholic belief

Jan 23, 2009 - 07:03 am .- An Orthodox prelate considered to be the most likely successor of Patriarch of Moscow Alexy II has said that while Orthodox Christianity shares similarities with Catholicism, there are a “great number of differences” on which “there is no room for compromise.”

House Republicans ask Obama to disavow ‘FOCA agenda’

Jan 23, 2009 - 05:48 am .- More than 100 Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed a letter to President Barack Obama asking that he withdraw his campaign pledge to sign the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) and other pro-abortion rights laws.

Pro-life community organizing effort launches in New York City

Jan 23, 2009 - 03:40 am .- A new pro-life initiative in New York City is being launched to rally pro-lifers and to persuade other Americans to become pro-life through a door-to-door community organizing campaign.

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