Dec 19, 2009 - 06:17 pm .- Bishop Robert C. Evans was ordained the seventh auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Providence on Tuesday afternoon. Among those in attendance at the ordination Mass were his ailing mother Lolita and his friends in the priesthood from throughout the country, the Rhode Island Catholic reports.
Dec 19, 2009 - 04:54 pm .- This afternoon Senator Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) announced that he will now vote for cloture on the Senate health care bill and for the bill itself. The move is causing the pro-life community to say that he caved in to pressure from within his party.
Dec 19, 2009 - 02:34 pm .- Even a year after her passing, Nancy Graf’s work continues. Only these days, it’s through her husband. A formerly inactive Catholic, Bill Graf, 61, now plays the part once carried out by one of the most active members of St. Thomas More Parish in Coralville, Iowa. Filling Nancy’s spot in various ministries is part therapy, part way to honor the memory of a woman he calls “the definition of a servant leader.”
Dec 19, 2009 - 02:18 pm .- Project Rachel is working to expand its ministry into Romania and Ukraine, where women report having had between 13 and 30 abortions. Speaking with CNA in Rome, Vicki Thorn, Executive Director of Project Rachel, described how the priestly vocation is fundamental to discovering and offering new opportunities for post-abortion healing.
Dec 19, 2009 - 02:12 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI met with the youngest members of the Italian Catholic Action group on Saturday morning for their traditional pre-Christmas audience. He spoke to the group about accessing Jesus' "wavelength" and sharing his message with those who need him most.
Dec 19, 2009 - 12:23 pm .- The Vatican made a declaration on the protection of the figure of the Pope on Saturday morning. The statement seeks to establish and safeguard the name, image and any symbols of the Pope as being expressly for official use of the Holy See unless otherwise authorized.
Dec 19, 2009 - 12:12 pm .- In a recent round of authorizations by Benedict XVI on Saturday, Pope Pius XII was proclaimed as having displayed exemplary and “heroic virtue” in his life. The Holy Father's decision to move ahead with the declaration rebuffs claims that Pius XII did nothing to help the Jews during World War II. He now needs two miracles to be officially attributed to him to become a saint.
Dec 19, 2009 - 11:42 am .- Blessed Mary MacKillop will soon enter the Canon of Catholic Saints. Saturday morning at the Vatican a second miracle was officially attributed to her, authorized in a decree signed by Pope Benedict XVI.
Dec 19, 2009 - 11:28 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has signed a decree recognizing the late Pope John Paul II's life of “heroic virtue.” With his signature, Benedict XVI throws the door wide open to the beatification of the much-loved Polish Pontiff and gives him the title "Venerable."
Dec 19, 2009 - 06:57 am .- Mayor Adrian Fenty of Washington, D.C., has signed a measure recognizing same-sex “marriage” in the District. The law has been criticized for redefining marriage and also for its lack of strong religious freedom protections for those who do not approve of such unions.
Dec 19, 2009 - 03:37 am .- Legal charges are pending against a male Planned Parenthood escort who struck pro-life activist Lila Rose on the hands on Thursday outside an abortion clinic. She warned that the surprising attack should not help create a “double standard” that hinders clinic protesters’ free speech rights.