Archive of February 5, 2009

Vatican spokesman says Curia needs a culture of communication

Feb 5, 2009 - 10:41 pm .- Citing poor handling of the lifting of the excommunication on the bishops of the Society of St. Pius X, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi called for the creation of a “communications culture” at the Vatican.

Attacks on federal marriage protections could create ‘legal Armageddon’

Feb 5, 2009 - 08:31 pm .- Radical left-wing Democrats’ attempts to repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) could lead to “rapacious lawsuits” and “legal Armageddon,” one commentator warns.

Stem cells developed in Brazil without need of embryos

Feb 5, 2009 - 08:02 pm .- Brazilian media reported this week that at least five groups of scientists are developing stem cells without using human embryos, thanks to a technique that uses human pluripotent stem cells (iPS) being developed in United States, Germany, Japan and China.

Vatican government publishes list of coins and stamps for 2009

Feb 5, 2009 - 07:00 pm .- The Vatican Philatelic and Numismatic Office has published its 2009 program, which will include coins and stamps commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Vatican City State, the World Day of Peace and the 50th anniversary of Vatican II.

Obama taps young liberal Evangelical to head Faith-Based office

Feb 5, 2009 - 06:22 pm .- Joshua DuBois, a 26-year-old former associate pastor who handled religious outreach for President Barack Obama’s presidential bid, will head up the administration’s new Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Society has duty to help Eluana live, says Archbishop of Udine

Feb 5, 2009 - 05:22 pm .- Archbishop Pietro Brollo of Udine, where the “Terri Shiavo of Italy” is facing death by starvation, said on Wednesday, “The only duty society has towards this young woman is to help her to live.”

Venezuelan bishop deplores attacks on main synagogue of Caracas

Feb 5, 2009 - 03:17 pm .- In a statement released Wednesday, the leadership of the Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela expressed its “consternation and pain” over a January 31 attack on a Jewish synagogue in Caracas.

Woman conceived through rape pleads for life of unborn child in Argentina

Feb 5, 2009 - 02:10 pm .- A 21 year-old Argentinean woman, whose mother is mentally ill and was raped in 1987, has written a moving letter pleading for the life of an unborn child of a 22 year-old woman from Santiago del Estero who is also mentally handicapped and was raped. The child’s maternal grandparents are asking permission to have the baby aborted.

Africa, JP II tribute on Pope's agenda

Feb 5, 2009 - 11:58 am .- The Office of Liturgical Celebrations today released the list of ceremonies that Pope Benedict will preside over during the next three months. Highlights of his schedule include the Pope’s trip to Africa and a commemoration of Pope John Paul II's life .

Phoenix priest to become bishop of Gallup, New Mexico

Feb 5, 2009 - 11:33 am .- This morning, the Holy Father appointed a Phoenix priest, Fr. James S. Wall as the new bishop of Gallup, New Mexico.  Fr. Wall, 44, will be the diocese’s fourth bishop.

Conference on Faith and Evolution to be officially announced at the Vatican

Feb 5, 2009 - 10:52 am .- On February 10, the Vatican will officially announce the details of the international conference called “Biological Evolution: Facts and Theories. A critical appraisal 150 years after ‘The Origin of Species’," which will take place from March 3-7, 2009.

Deputy U.S. Attorney General nominee linked to porn industry

Feb 5, 2009 - 06:49 am .- President Barack Obama’s selection of David Ogden to become Deputy Attorney General is being criticized because of Ogden’s links to the pornography industry.

New video reveals ‘lawbreaking’ Tucson Planned Parenthood

Feb 5, 2009 - 03:20 am .- A third Planned Parenthood clinic has been exposed as willing to cover up statutory rape after UCLA student investigator Lila Rose released more hidden-camera footage of Tucson Planned Parenthood counselors advising a 15-year-old not to bring her 27-year-old “boyfriend” to a judicial hearing to waive parental consent requirements.

Fewer Catholic campuses performing ‘V-Monologues’

Feb 5, 2009 - 01:47 am .- The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) claims that performances of ‘The Vagina Monologues’ are in “steady decline” after years of protest.

Social justice group targets Republican senators over stimulus bill

Feb 5, 2009 - 12:02 am .- The group Catholics United is trying to rally support for President Barack Obama’s economic recovery plan by running advertisements on Christian radio appealing to faith and targeting Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH) in their respective states.

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