Feb 18, 2009 - 11:19 pm .- Following the disastrous bush wildfires in Australia, Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart has appointed Fr. Greg Bourke as Bushfire Recovery Chaplain as part of the Church’s “sustained effort” to help victims of the fires.
Feb 18, 2009 - 09:51 pm .- Organizations opposed to Education for the Citizenry are praising four rulings from the Supreme Court which, while they refuse to acknowledge conscientious objection, recognize the essence of the debate and reject any kind of ideological indoctrination in Spanish schools.
Feb 18, 2009 - 08:20 pm .- The Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Tuesday following additional sexual abuse lawsuits, thus becoming the first religious order to do so.
Feb 18, 2009 - 07:09 pm .- Caritas International has expressed its hope that British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s visit with Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday will inspire him and other G8 leaders to become newly dedicated to solidarity for the poor amidst the global economic crisis.
Feb 18, 2009 - 05:52 pm .- After her meeting with the Holy Father this morning, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi released a statement highlighting the positive aspects of the meeting but ignoring the Pope’s correction of her support for legal abortion.
Feb 18, 2009 - 04:52 pm .- “The missionary trips of St. Paul through the paintbrushes of young people” is the name of an art exhibit that will be on display through June 28, the end of the Pauline Year, at the Parish of the Miraculous Virgin in the Diocese of Hong Kong. Some 30 artists are participating in the exhibit with a total of 10 paintings on display.
Feb 18, 2009 - 03:01 pm .- This morning when President Obama arrived in Mesa, Arizona to announce his $75 billion "Homeowner Stability Initiative," a group of about 200 Catholics were holding a prayer vigil across the street. The group was praying that Obama will change his mind about supporting the unpopular Freedom of Choice Act.
Feb 18, 2009 - 02:20 pm .- The President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, said this week that there “must be a distinction between the medical act by which feeding tubes are inserted and food and hydration itself which we do not consider to fall under therapy.”
Feb 18, 2009 - 11:31 am .- This morning in St. Peter's Square Pope Benedict reflected on the teachings of Saint Bede the Venerable, which provide modern Christians in every state of life with a way to holiness.
Feb 18, 2009 - 10:18 am .- House speaker Nancy Pelosi’s photo-op with Pope Benedict XVI turned sour when the Pontiff used the 15-minute meeting to reaffirm the teachings of the Catholic Church on the right to life and the duty to protect the unborn.
Feb 18, 2009 - 06:15 am .- In an effort to assist parents and students who are weighing various college options, the Center for the Study of Catholic Higher Education has commissioned a study to find the “best buys” at Catholic colleges and universities. The study found that the most faithful colleges are also some of the most affordable for students.
Feb 18, 2009 - 05:14 am .- Two Republican leaders have replied to Cardinal Justin Rigali’s Feb. 5 letter on abortion policy in which the prelate urged that “extreme” pro-abortion rights measures be defeated and that pro-life provisions in appropriations bills be maintained.
Feb 18, 2009 - 01:29 am .- A Catholic priest in the San Francisco area has objected to a novelty shop’s sale of a prayer candle with President Barack Obama’s picture on it.