Archive of February 2, 2009

Spanish bishop: Lack of radical dedication amongst religious explains vocations crisis

Feb 2, 2009 - 10:18 pm .- In a pastoral letter published to mark the World Day of Consecrated Life on February 2, Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Tarazona, Spain, said the lack of radical commitment in consecrated life is one of the main causes of the vocations crisis.

University charges its students with trespassing over abortion display

Feb 2, 2009 - 09:28 pm .- At least three pro-life students have been charged with trespassing for setting up a graphic abortion display in November at the University of Calgary against university demands. The students who exhibited the display, called the “Genocide Awareness Project” (GAP), recently received summons to appear in court and must enter a plea by the end of February.

Mexico City Policy reversal a ‘betrayal,’ Catholic University president says

Feb 2, 2009 - 06:28 pm .- Fr. David M. O’Connell, President of Catholic University of America, has criticized President Barack Obama’s decision to fund overseas organizations that perform and promote abortions, calling the decision a “disappointment and even a betrayal.”

Pope sees chance for hope in financial crisis

Feb 2, 2009 - 05:21 pm .- On Saturday Pope Benedict XVI met with leaders of an Italian trade union and told them that the current economic crisis offers an opportunity for “a new culture of solidarity and of responsible participation” to emerge.

Bolivian president rejects criticism by bishops, calls for founding of ‘new church’

Feb 2, 2009 - 02:58 pm .- President Evo Morales of Bolivia said last Thursday in Brazil during the World Social Forum that the Catholic Church in Bolivia is the “main enemy” of the reforms his government hopes to implement in the country and that the Church needs to be replaced.

Pope prays for strengthened Catholic-Orthodox relations as Kirill becomes patriarch

Feb 2, 2009 - 12:37 pm .- In a message sent by Benedict XVI to His Holiness Kirill for the occasion of his enthronement as patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, the Holy Father says that it is his hope that the communion between the Catholic and the Orthodox Church will be strengthened “so that the world may believe.”

Holy Father calls for freedom of religion and worship in Turkey

Feb 2, 2009 - 11:38 am .- In his address to bishops from the Episcopal Conference of Turkey, who are visiting the Vatican for their “ad limina” visit, Pope Benedict XVI stressed that it is up to the Turkish State to “provide effective guarantees that all citizens and all religious communities may enjoy freedom of worship and religion.”

Pope urges Hungary to defend Europe by protecting the family

Feb 2, 2009 - 11:30 am .- Pope Benedict took the occasion of welcoming Hungary’s new ambassador Monday morning as an opportunity to encourage the country to defend the role of the family in Europe. In particular, the Holy Father highlighted the right of parents to be the "primary educators" of their children.

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