Archive of January 28, 2009

Southern Africa bishops call on Mugabe to relinquish power

Jan 28, 2009 - 07:31 pm .- The Catholic bishops of southern Africa have accused Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe of perpetrating genocide, saying: “We, the Catholic bishops of southern Africa, call on Mugabe to step down immediately.”

Chavez supporter 'invades' bishops' office, makes demands

Jan 28, 2009 - 05:45 pm .- The organization “National Front of Women for a Yes Vote,” led by Venezuela’s Minister for Women’s Affairs, Maria Leon, repeatedly disrupted the offices of the Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela on Monday to demand the bishops support the referendum to allow Hugo Chavez to run for re-election indefinitely.

Election of Kirill as new patriarch brings Pope happiness

Jan 28, 2009 - 05:14 pm .- Following the general audience address today in the Paul VI Hall, Pope Benedict shared his happiness at hearing that Metropolitan Kirill was elected the new Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia. The Holy Father also said in a telegram to the patriarch-elect that he hopes full communion between the Orthodox and Catholic Churches can be achieved.

Congressmen introduce legislation to reinstate Mexico City Policy

Jan 28, 2009 - 04:10 pm .- Four U.S. Congressmen introduced legislation on Wednesday in an attempt to  reinstate the Mexico City Policy, which was overturned by President Obama on January 23.

Dominican cardinal slams President Obama’s new abortion policy

Jan 28, 2009 - 02:19 pm .- Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez of Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) called the decision by President Barack Obama to lift the prohibition against giving federal funds to organizations that promote abortion overseas “embarrassing for the United States.”

Read Scripture as the 'Word of the Holy Spirit,' Pope Benedict teaches

Jan 28, 2009 - 12:38 pm .- Commenting on Saint Paul’s Pastoral Letters at the Wednesday general audience, Pope Benedict XVI warned Christians not to read Scripture as “a historical curiosity,” but rather, as “the Word of the Holy Spirit.”

The Holocaust reminds us that violence cannot acheive brotherhood, Pope says

Jan 28, 2009 - 11:55 am .- People around the world celebrated Holocaust Memorial Day on Tuesday, and Pope Benedict added his voice to the commemorations by reflecting on the Shoah at today’s general audience. The tragedy of the Holocaust should remind men that dialogue, love and forgiveness are the only way to true brotherhood and peace, the Pope said.

Pope Benedict concerned about Christians in Middle East

Jan 28, 2009 - 11:50 am .- During his intervention Tuesday at the General Assembly of the Meeting of the Aid Agencies for the Middle East, Archbishop Fernando Filoni of the Vatican Secretariat of State said Pope Benedict XVI is concerned about the situation Christians in the Middle East are facing.

Pope Benedict asks SSPX to accept Vatican II

Jan 28, 2009 - 11:20 am .- After delivering his usual Wednesday address today, Pope Benedict XVI explained his recent decision to lift the excommunications on four bishops ordained by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in 1988. The Pope said he hopes the bishops will respond to his decision by accepting his authority and the teachings of Vatican II.

Mother of 12 shares photo journal from National March for Life

Jan 28, 2009 - 06:27 am .- Becoming frustrated with the lack of media coverage of the National March for Life, writer and mother of 12, Barbara Curtis decided to create a photo journal on her blog to document the nearly 300,000 people defending the rights of the unborn.

U.S. bishops concelebrate Mass on Tet during Vietnamese visit

Jan 28, 2009 - 04:37 am .- A joint group of U.S. and Vietnamese clergy concelebrated Mass for Tet, the first day of the Lunar New Year in the Archdiocese of Hue in central Vietnam on Monday. The occasion marks the first time in decades that Catholics from the archdiocese could join foreign clergy in the celebration.

Husband’s kiss revives comatose woman

Jan 28, 2009 - 02:31 am .- A woman who doctors believed could remain comatose indefinitely recently revived after her husband asked her for a kiss.

Thousands attend Boulder debate on atheism and religion

Jan 28, 2009 - 12:05 am .- Writers Dinesh D’Souza and Christopher Hitchens brought their polemics on religion and atheism to a debate Monday evening at the University of Colorado at Boulder before a sold-out crowd of 2,050 in the campus’ Macky Auditorium.

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