Dec 10, 2009 - 10:47 pm .- After this week's Wednesday General Audience, the Holy Father was presented with the book, “Homilies. The Liturgical Year Narrated by Joseph Ratzinger, Pope,” edited by Italian Vatican analyst Sandro Magister. The new book is a collection of Benedict XVI's homilies spanning the First Sunday of Advent 2008 to November of this year.
Dec 10, 2009 - 08:11 pm .- On Wednesday, Dec. 9, Bishop Paul D. Etienne (pronounced a-ten) was ordained a bishop and installed as the eighth bishop of of the Diocese of Cheyenne, filling a seat that had been left vacant since July of 2008.
Dec 10, 2009 - 07:06 pm .- A prayer vigil with young disabled people, the sick and volunteers will be held in Madrid on Dec. 20 as part of the preparations for World Youth Day 2011.
Dec 10, 2009 - 06:58 pm .- This week, Auxiliary Bishop Carlos Azevedo of Lisbon announced the official schedule for Pope Benedict's trip to Portugal May 11-14, 2010. The “official and pastoral visit” by the Pope to the cities of Lisbon, Fatima and Porto will be organized in conjunction with the Portuguese government, the bishop said.
Dec 10, 2009 - 06:18 pm .- According to a Gallup poll published on Dec. 9, members of Congress are among the least trusted professionals in the U.S., while health care workers are listed as the most trusted. The results have an ironic ring to them as lawmakers prepare to overhaul the health care system.
Dec 10, 2009 - 05:33 pm .- This afternoon in southern Colorado, Fr. Fernando Isern was ordained Bishop of the Diocese of Pueblo. In his homily at the ordination, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver used the example of St. Augustine to emphasize that a bishop should love his people as a father loves his children.
Dec 10, 2009 - 04:11 pm .- Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, has had a busy couple of days here at the Vatican. He took advantage of the occasion presented by the Italian language release of his book, “A Civilization of Love,” to also attend a private audience with the Holy Father at the Vatican this morning.
Dec 10, 2009 - 03:07 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of South Africa and the South African police announced this week that French missionary priest, Father Louis Blondel, was murdered after a break-in at his home in an impoverished region of Johannesburg.
Dec 10, 2009 - 01:36 pm .- Ali Bongo Ondimba, the new president of the South African republic of Gabon, paid a cordial visit to Pope Benedict XVI this morning.
Dec 10, 2009 - 01:05 pm .- Auxiliary Bishop Shlemon Warduni of Baghdad revealed yesterday that the offices of the Chaldean Patriarchate in the Iraqi capital were damaged by the terrorist attacks on Tuesday that left 127 dead and 500 wounded.
Dec 10, 2009 - 11:17 am .- The newest ambassador to the Holy See, Cuba's Eduardo Delgado Bermudez, renewed nearly 75 years of continuous relations with the Vatican today when he delivered his credentials to Pope Benedict XVI in a private audience. The Pontiff expressed to the ambassador his hopes for the future of the Cuban people and for seeing continued “concrete signs” of the acceptance of the exercise of religious freedom.
Video of misinformation in Planned Parenthood clinics shows ‘abortion-first mentality,’ Lila Rose saysDec 10, 2009 - 07:13 am .- A new undercover video from Live Action films shows Planned Parenthood staff offering inaccurate and contradictory information about fetal development and the risks of abortion. Lila Rose, the head of the investigation effort, says this is evidence of an “abortion-first mentality” at the organization.
Dec 10, 2009 - 04:56 am .- Responding to the defeat of the Nelson-Hatch Amendment to the Senate health care bill, Richard Doerflinger of the U.S. bishops’ Pro-Life Secretariat has voiced gratitude towards supporters of the restrictions on abortion funding. Noting “strong support” in the U.S. House, he said more changes are still possible in the Senate.
Dec 10, 2009 - 02:05 am .- National Vocation Awareness Week will be celebrated in the U.S. Jan. 10-16 to help make vocations “everyone’s business.”
Dec 10, 2009 - 12:28 am .- In an upcoming pastoral letter, the president of the Bishops’ Conference of Italy, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa, calls on Catholics to rediscover the inestimable value of the priesthood and of the liturgical patrimony guarded by the Church.