Archive of January 27, 2009

SSPX leader apologizes for Bishop Williamson’s Holocaust denial

Jan 27, 2009 - 06:56 pm .- Today the leader of the Society of St. Pius X, Bishop Bernard Fellay, apologized to Pope Benedict XVI for comments made by Bishop Richard Williamson in which he denied the Holocaust during an interview on Swedish television last week.

Statue of Pope John Paul II unveiled to recall first visit to Mexico

Jan 27, 2009 - 05:27 pm .- As of January 26, Mexico City has a new monument to Pope John Paul II. A large statue of the late Pontiff was unveiled to mark the 30th anniversary of his first visit to Mexico.

Russian Orthodox elect Metropolitan Kirill as new patriarch

Jan 27, 2009 - 05:21 pm .- Meeting in Moscow today, the Russian Orthodox Church has elected Metropolitan Kirill as its new patriarch. Patriarch-elect Kirill’s election is being hailed as a boon for those seeking to buttress Orthodoxy against a spreading secularism.

Congress drops $200 million in contraceptive funding from stimulus bill

Jan 27, 2009 - 03:21 pm .- A $200 million provision for contraception programs is being dropped from the $825 billion stimulus package following criticism from pro-lifers and Republican congressmen.

Vatican daily clarifies scope and limits of lifting of Lefebvrists’ excommunication

Jan 27, 2009 - 02:16 pm .- The Vatican’s daily newspaper L’Osservatore Romano published an editorial Monday clarifying the scope and limits of the lifting of the excommunication of four bishops ordained by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in 1988.  The editorial stressed that the gesture does not yet mean a return to “full communion”...

Catholic journalists must live as witnesses to Christ, says Holy Father

Jan 27, 2009 - 12:11 pm .- Benedict XVI has sent a message to participants in the national congress of the Italian Catholic Press Union (UCSI). The congress, held last week, commemorated the institution's fiftieth anniversary.  In the message, the Pontiff writes about the importance of being faithful journalists, but also of living as a witness to Christ.

Christian Liberation Movement says 'other Guantanamo' should not be forgotten

Jan 27, 2009 - 11:43 am .- In a statement issued last week, the Christian Liberation Movement, which works for the recognition of human rights in Cuba, praised the decision of President Barack Obama to close the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo, but noted that another prison in the same region of the island where hundreds of prisoners of conscience languish should not be forgotten.

Number of religious marriages declining in Costa Rica

Jan 27, 2009 - 04:28 am .- Official state records in Costa Rica show that of all the weddings registered last year, only 21.08% were celebrated by Catholic priests, while 77.41% were officiated by a lawyer and 1.51% took place outside the country.

‘Life Prizes’ award winner urges pro-lifers not be discouraged by a pro-abortion government

Jan 27, 2009 - 02:06 am .- Richard Doerflinger, associate director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, on Friday was awarded one of six Life Prizes at a gala at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. Speaking about the pro-life movement, he encouraged pro-lifers to persevere and insisted that Catholic predictions about societal decline had proven correct.

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