Archive of November 23, 2009

Critics of Senate health care bill fault abortion funding and taxes on married couples

Nov 23, 2009 - 11:46 pm .- Pro-life and conservative leaders reacted critically to the Senate’s Saturday decision to proceed on a Senate bill they say would provide government funding for elective abortion, create a new tax penalty on married couples and fail to protect the consciences of health care providers.

Cardinal Rouco urges restraint of government intrusion

Nov 23, 2009 - 10:14 pm .- During the Eleventh Congress on Catholics and Public Life, which was held last week in Madrid, the city's Archbishop and President of the Bishops’ Conference of Spain, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, warned that politicians must not “intrude” in all aspects of society.

Bishops of England and Wales establish commission to help Anglicans join Catholic church

Nov 23, 2009 - 08:20 pm .- The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have set up a commission to help as many as 200 Anglican congregations join the Catholic Church under the new Apostolic Constitution.

EWTN's Fr. Mitch Pacwa to appear on CNN tonight

Nov 23, 2009 - 06:05 pm .- EWTN host Fr. Mitch Pacwa is scheduled to appear on CNN's “No Bias, No Bull” tonight at 8:30 p.m. EST to discuss the controversy surrounding Rhode Island Bishop Thomas Tobin and Rep. Patrick Kennedy.

Traveling play 'Vianney' visits USCCB conference

Nov 23, 2009 - 05:55 pm .- Saint Luke Productions' traveling play “Vianney” was a featured event at the fall assembly of the USCCB this year. But the play wasn't just entertainment, it was a message to the bishops that despite all the negative publicity concerning the hierarchy of the Catholic Church, Catholics across the country love their bishops, their priests and the example of sacrifice that John Vianney embodied.

Vatican says 'no' to use of Catholic church for Anglican ordination

Nov 23, 2009 - 05:06 pm .- The Vatican has said “no” to the use of a Catholic church in Australia for the ordination of four women and three men as Anglican Deacons.

Pope appoints bishop for diocese in Nova Scotia

Nov 23, 2009 - 04:20 pm .- On Saturday, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Brian Joseph Dunn as bishop of the Diocese of Antigonish in Nova Scotia, Canada. Bishop Dunn currently serves as auxiliary bishop of Sault Sainte Marie, Canada.

Vatican expert releases book supporting beatification of Pope John Paul II

Nov 23, 2009 - 02:46 pm .- In his recently released book “Santo Subito” (Immediate Saint), Vatican journalist and author Andrea Tornielli makes a compelling case for the beatification of Pope John Paul II.  Using anecdotes and witness' accounts of moments in the Pope's life, he relates the profound imprint left by Karol Wojtyla on humanity, in his living and through his death.

Vatican official explains that Anglican conversions are fruit of authentic ecumenism

Nov 23, 2009 - 01:22 pm .- Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, explained last week that the entrance of  Anglicans into the Catholic Church is the fruit of authentic ecumenism inspired by the Second Vatican Council.

Benedict XVI and Prime Minister of Kuwait discuss the promotion of peace

Nov 23, 2009 - 01:08 pm .- On Monday, Pope Benedict XVI received in audience Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Prime Minister of Kuwait. The two heads of state discussed the promotion of peace in the Middle East and highlighted the contributions Christians have made to the country.

Cardinal Cordes invited to Australia

Nov 23, 2009 - 12:25 pm .- The Australian Catholic Bishop's Conference has invited Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes, president of "Cor Unum," to meet with them with the purpose of strengthening “ the Catholic Church's witness in the field of charity.”

Holy Father to kick off Advent with celebration of Vespers

Nov 23, 2009 - 10:43 am .- On Saturday at 5 p.m., Pope Benedict will preside over the celebration of first Vespers at the Vatican Basilica for the beginning of Advent.

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