Dec 17, 2009 - 10:50 pm .- The president emeritus of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Bishop Elio Sgreccia, presented Pope Benedict XVI with a copy of the first 12 volumes of the “Encyclopedia of Bioethics and Legal Science” after this week’s Wednesday General Audience.
Dec 17, 2009 - 09:47 pm .- The Rutherford Institute is taking on the case of a Massachusetts second grader who was forced by the local school district to undergo psychological evaluations for drawing a stick figure, crucified Jesus with his own name on a placard above the corpus.
Dec 17, 2009 - 08:26 pm .- Catholics United, responding to charges that it is a “fake Catholic group” for supporting the Senate health care bill despite its funding for abortion, was non-committal on abortion. Its head said Catholics United is “neither pro-abortion rights or anti-abortion rights” but instead “pro-common ground.”
Dec 17, 2009 - 07:31 pm .- Thursday evening Pope Benedict XVI opened the doors of St. Peter's to the university students of Rome for solemn vespers. Between songs from the all-university choir and prayers to usher in the birth of Christ, the Holy Father delivered a message grounded in Wisdom for a future generation of workers trained in "intellectual charity."
Dec 17, 2009 - 07:01 pm .- This week the spokesman for the Argentinean Bishops’ Conference, Father Jorge Oesterheld, noted that the bishops are concerned about the increase in the country's criminal activity.
Dec 17, 2009 - 05:56 pm .- In an audience with the bishops of Belarus today, the Pope reminded the bishops of the importance of bearing witness to the lasting message of the Gospel as they remind society that there is something beyond the “temptations of secularization, hedonism and relativism.”
Dec 17, 2009 - 04:22 pm .- As Senate Democrats attempt to reach a compromise with Senator Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) on the health care bill, Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.) has sent him a proposal in an attempt to assuage his concerns that the current bill allows taxpayer funds to be used to pay for abortions. Sen. Nelson has responded that the proposal “isn't sufficient.”
Dec 17, 2009 - 03:37 pm .- On Thursday in the Vatican, the Holy Father met with and received the Letters of Credence from eight new ambassadors to the Holy See. During his dialogue with the diplomats, the Pope spoke on the importance of religion in culture, stressing that “religions lived according to their profound essence have been, and still are, a force for reconciliation and peace.”
Dec 17, 2009 - 03:09 pm .- This Saturday, the Pro-Life Action League will hold its seventh annual “Empty Manger” Christmas Caroling Day, visiting four abortion clinics in Chicago and four in DuPage county.
Dec 17, 2009 - 02:57 pm .- The president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, explained this week that young people around the world can now send Christmas greetings to Pope Benedict XVI from the website Pope2you.net.
Dec 17, 2009 - 01:09 pm .- Archbishop Francis Chullikat, the Apostolic Nuncio to Iraq and Jordan, has demanded the immediate intervention by Iraqi leaders to “guarantee the necessary safety of the Christian minority,” in the wake of the attacks on two churches in the city of Mosul.
Dec 17, 2009 - 11:29 am .- The Holy See announced on Thursday that the former Archbishop of Lusaka, Emmanuel Milingo, has been dismissed from the clerical state after persistently acting against Church teaching. Milingo had already been suspended and excommunicated latae sententiae for serious transgressions in the last eight years.
Dec 17, 2009 - 10:46 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has officially accepted the resignation of Bishop of Limerick Donal Murray. Murray stepped down due to information made public in the Murphy Report on Nov. 26 that showed he failed to properly respond to allegations of sexual abuse.
Dec 17, 2009 - 08:12 am .- Melissa Ohden, the survivor a failed saline abortion at six months, admitted to CNA in an interview that she “was actually pro-choice” until she learned at age 15 that her mother had attempted to have her aborted.
Dec 17, 2009 - 06:40 am .- A pro-life Catholic is now even in the polls with incumbent Gov. Charlie Crist in the Florida Republican primary race for the U.S. Senate.
Dec 17, 2009 - 03:52 am .- An Italian travel guide company has produced an interactive guide for the Vatican Museums for the iPhone and the iPod touch.
Dec 17, 2009 - 01:42 am .- A California mayor’s comments saying that homosexuals are committing sin that will keep them out of heaven have caused uproar among activists. While the mayor also explained that he loves his close friends who are gay, some activists have called for him to resign and want the city to advance homosexual goals.