Archive of January 29, 2009

Pope presented with altar for Jerusalem

Jan 29, 2009 - 11:19 pm .- At the conclusion of the Wednesday General Audience this week, Pope Benedict XVI offered praise for the plan by a Polish association to raise “an altar to pray for peace in the Holy Land and in the whole world.”

Bishops ask that stimulus package address recession’s ‘human impact’

Jan 29, 2009 - 10:15 pm .- Writing on behalf of the U.S. bishops, Bishop William F. Murphy of Rockville Centre, New York urged Congress to make poor families and vulnerable workers central priorities in economic recovery legislation.

Spanish couples give up vacations to help those hurting from economic crisis

Jan 29, 2009 - 09:06 pm .- The Caritas office of the Diocese of Valencia has received numerous calls this week from married couples in the region who have offered to donate the money they planned to use for trips celebrating their anniversaries to help victims of the economic crisis. 

Spanish political party protests Obama abortion funding policy

Jan 29, 2009 - 07:07 pm .- The Alternativa Espanola political party has sent a “letter of protest” to the U.S. ambassador to Spain over the decision by President Barack Obama to “remover the barriers to the practice of abortion.”

Personal prelature recommended for Anglican-Catholic union

Jan 29, 2009 - 05:52 pm .- In a move that could help bring hundreds of thousands of Anglicans into the Catholic Church, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has recommended that the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC) be given a personal prelature if talks between the TAC and the Vatican succeed.

Venezuelan cardinal reacts to ‘enemy of the state’ charge

Jan 29, 2009 - 03:26 pm .- The Archbishop of Caracas, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Sabino, said Tuesday in an interview on Union Radio that people who have different opinions should not be labeled enemy of the state, and he called for respect and plurality from Venezuelan political authorities.

Family is reason Knights of Columbus exist, says advisor to Supreme Knight

Jan 29, 2009 - 01:56 pm .- Luis Guevara, assistant to the Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, D. Carl Anderson, spoke with CNA earlier this week about the purpose of the Catholic men’s fraternal organization, saying, “The family is the reason the Order exists.”

Holy Father: Russia needs a united Christian witness

Jan 29, 2009 - 11:52 am .- With the challenges that our society is currently facing, it is necessary that Christians be united, said the Pope as he addressed prelates from the Conference of Catholic Bishops of the Russian Federation, who recently completed their "ad limina" visit.

Benedict XVI discusses role of mental incapacity in annulments

Jan 29, 2009 - 10:44 am .- Pope Benedict gathered the Roman Rota at the Vatican this morning to mark the end of the judicial year and to speak about marriage annulments involving mental incapacity.

Virginia bill targeting pro-life pharmacies shelved

Jan 29, 2009 - 08:02 am .- DMC Pharmacy, a new pro-life pharmacy in Chantilly, Virginia claims to have been the target of a bill recently introduced into the Virginia House of Delegates. The bill, which was tabled indefinitely, placed restrictions on pharmacies which refuse to prescribe contraceptives.

Senator criticizes Obama nominee’s claim that Mexico City Policy is ‘unconstitutional’

Jan 29, 2009 - 05:27 am .- An Obama nominee for Deputy Secretary of State who argued the Mexico City Policy would be a free speech violation if applied domestically is being charged by a U.S. senator with contradicting U.S. Supreme Court precedent.

Amicus brief argues Prop. 8 prevents ‘systemic’ church-state conflict

Jan 29, 2009 - 04:10 am .- A coalition of Jewish, Catholic and Protestant organizations has filed an amicus brief asking that Proposition 8 be upheld. The coalition argues that the successful 2008 ballot measure, which overturned a state Supreme Court decision imposing same-sex “marriage,” prevents widespread church-state conflict.

Cardinal Vanhoye: Bible should be read in a spirit of prayer

Jan 29, 2009 - 01:50 am .- In an interview published this week by the Spanish Catholic magazine Ecclesia, Cardinal Alberto Vanhoye, S.J., the former Rector of the Pontifical Biblical Institute of Rome and Secretary Emeritus of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, said the way to overcome the temptation to read the Sacred Scriptures with the rationalist approach characteristic of some contemporary scholars, is to read it with an authentic spirit of prayer.

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