Dec 9, 2009 - 10:01 pm .- William A. Wilson, the first ambassador of the United States to the Holy See, was a “pivotal figure” in American-Vatican relations, Supreme Knight of Columbus Carl A. Anderson said following Wilson’s passing.
Dec 9, 2009 - 08:39 pm .- Bishop Jose Sanchez of Siguenza-Guadalajara in Spain wondered aloud Monday why the Spanish government is so concerned about the removal of crucifixes in the classroom instead of the country's “very high drop-out rate, disagreements among teachers and youth unemployment.”
Dec 9, 2009 - 05:44 pm .- With the failure of the Nelson-Hatch Amendment restrictions on abortion funding, focus turns to a cloture vote to end debate on the Senate health care bill. While pro-life Democrat Sen. Ben Nelson had previously said he would oppose cloture without the amendment, a spokesman today declined to comment on the senator’s plans.
Dec 9, 2009 - 03:53 pm .- A statement issued this morning by the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Cardinal Francis George, said that the bishops “deplore” yesterday's Senate vote to bypass a pro-life amendment which would have prevented federal funding of abortions.
Dec 9, 2009 - 02:54 pm .- The director of the Vatican Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, asked delegates gathered at the United Nations Climate Change Conference currently taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark, to remember that everyone must assume their responsibility in the area of climate change and focus on its impact on the poor.
Dec 9, 2009 - 01:54 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI turned once again to the Middle Ages for a model of faith in his address at today's General Audience. On this occasion he chose to look at the role of Rupert of Deutz in Christian history, particularly as a theologian who “defended the reality of Christ’s real presence in the Eucharist.”
Dec 9, 2009 - 01:10 pm .- The Papal Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, Cardinal Agostino Vallini, encouraged those in prison to the turn to the Word of God for strength in order to “begin their lives once again.”
Dec 9, 2009 - 12:04 pm .- The Vatican announced today that Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Auxiliary Bishop Daniel Flores of the Archdiocese of Detroit as bishop of the Diocese of Brownsville, Texas.
Dec 9, 2009 - 10:01 am .- With many AIDS prevention campaigns relying solely on condom use, Archbishop José Luis Escobar Alas of San Salvador has asked the government to promote “sexual responsibility” as the most effect form of preventing the spread of the disease.
Dec 9, 2009 - 04:26 am .- A New York Catholic priest close to former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani will return to ministry after being found not guilty of sexual abuse of a minor in a canonical trial before the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF).
Dec 9, 2009 - 02:18 am .- Ireland’s constitutional amendment protecting the unborn could be overturned in a “pivotal” case before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Some are calling the case “the Roe v. Wade of Europe.”
Dec 9, 2009 - 12:08 am .- In what the local vicar general called acts of “barbarism,” a priest and a nun have been killed in two separate attacks in the Democratic Republic of Congo.