Dec 8, 2009 - 11:04 pm .- Noting that laws are not enough, the Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, has asked the faithful to create a culture where human rights are respected as a reality.
Dec 8, 2009 - 08:43 pm .- Preaching today at his installation as the ninth Archbishop of Birmingham, England, Most Rev. Bernard Longley reflected on his new position and today's Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Dec 8, 2009 - 08:06 pm .- The founder of the Christian Life Movement, Luis Fernando Figari, encouraged the nearly 250 participants of the movement’s 3rd Plenary Assembly to build up the present and future in a spirit of hope, and to “welcome God in your lives and the assistance of Holy Mary on the path towards holiness.”
Dec 8, 2009 - 07:30 pm .- Wichita priest and U.S. Army chaplain Fr. Emil Kapaun heroically saved wounded sounders from the battlefield of the Korean War and ministered to his fellow prisoners in a prison camp. His life, death and possible beatification are the focus of an eight article series and a DVD being produced by the Wichita Eagle.
Dec 8, 2009 - 06:48 pm .- The U.S. Senate voted this afternoon to table the Nelson-Hatch-Casey Amendment that would have prohibited the federal funding of abortions in the government's reformed health care system.
Dec 8, 2009 - 02:42 pm .- The Holy Father made the trip across Rome this afternoon to complete the traditional act of papal veneration at the monument of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. In his message from the Piazza di Spagna, he contrasted the loving example of Mary with the persistent drum beat of evil found in the news media.
Dec 8, 2009 - 02:22 pm .- The traditional midnight Christmas Mass at St. Peter's Basilica will be held two hours earlier this year. For many the news aroused fears about the Pope's health, but, according to the Vatican spokesman, it's only an effort to save Pope Benedict's energy for a busy Christmas schedule.
Dec 8, 2009 - 12:39 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI presided over a rare mid-week Angelus from the Apostolic Palace window on this cool, overcast day in Rome, the occasion being the feast day of the Immaculate Conception. The Pontiff called Mary the "new Eve" and urged all Catholics to entrust themselves to her protection.
Dec 8, 2009 - 07:32 am .- As the New Jersey legislature considers whether to recognize same-sex “marriage” before a sympathetic governor leaves office, the New Jersey Catholic Conference has testified that the “great truth” about marriage as a union of husband and wife is not a religious doctrine but “a fact of human nature.”
Dec 8, 2009 - 04:55 am .- Voicing a spirit of “radical hospitality,” Archbishop of Vancouver J. Michael Miller has sent a letter to Winter Olympic athletes informing them of the archdiocese’s two hospitality centers and inviting them to Ash Wednesday and Sunday Masses during the athletic event.
Dec 8, 2009 - 02:41 am .- The Catholic Church in Italy is preparing for Christmas with a meeting of ecclesiastical, scientific and cultural leaders to discuss “the question of God.”
Dec 8, 2009 - 01:02 am .- In his first Advent reflection for Pope Benedict XVI and members of the Roman Curia, Father Raniero Cantalamessa, Preacher of the Pontifical Household, warned that a threat exists today that, “because of the low number of priests, affects the clergy and the entire Church: it’s called frenetic activism.”
Dec 8, 2009 - 12:29 am .- Irish bishop Donal Murray of Limerick is traveling to Rome with a delegation of Irish bishops to meet with Pope Benedict XVI and members of the Curia regarding the “painful situation of the Church in Ireland,” the BBC reports. Following a letter to parishioners in his diocese, it is believed that Bishop Murray will offer the Pope his resignation.