Jan 5, 2010 - 11:38 pm .- Underground Catholic Bishop Leon Yao Liang died on Dec. 30, 2009 at the age of 87. An advocacy group for Chinese Catholics says authorities have tightly controlled news of his death and also reports that three underground priests have gone missing.
Jan 5, 2010 - 10:22 pm .- A new national telephone survey reports that a majority of American voters favor a ban on abortion coverage in federally subsidized health insurance plans, with 39 percent saying they strongly favor it.
Jan 5, 2010 - 09:51 pm .- In his first pastoral letter during the Holy Year of St. James, Archbishop Juan Jose Asenjo of Seville, Spain urged priests to be examples of holiness and closeness to the Lord, as well as to overcome mediocrity and to teach authentic Catholic doctrine in communion with the Church.
Jan 5, 2010 - 07:40 pm .- Following a year in which Christians in Pakistan were attacked by extremist Muslims, the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Pakistan, Archbishop Lawrence Suldana of Lahore praised the increased security provided by the police for Christians celebrating Christmas. Although attendance was down, those who made it to church were “strong in faith,” he said.
Jan 5, 2010 - 07:35 pm .- President Obama recently appointed a “transgendered” man as a Senior Technical Adviser to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Amanda Simpson, a former test pilot for Raytheon who now identifies himself as female, will serve in the Bureau of Industry and Security. Critics of the appointment argue that it is "political correctness run amok."
Jan 5, 2010 - 06:59 pm .- Archbishop Pastor Cuquejo of Asuncion in Paraguay called on the faithful to build peace by protecting creation and understanding nature as a “gift” which makes the “survival of man” possible.
Jan 5, 2010 - 03:18 pm .- Despite the negative reactions from some members of the Jewish community following his recent declaration of Pope Pius XII as Venerable, Pope Benedict XVI will pay a visit to the synagogue of Rome. The visit has been confirmed by the Hebrew community of Rome for January 17.
Jan 5, 2010 - 02:59 pm .- The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Fouad Twal, renewed his call for reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians during the Mass for the World Day of Peace on January 1.
Jan 5, 2010 - 12:56 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of Colombia has denounced the kidnapping and murder of the Governor of the State of Caqueta, Luis Francisco Cuellar. The governor was taken from his home on December 21 by members of the FARC rebel group and was found dead two days later.
Jan 5, 2010 - 11:17 am .- The Prefecture of the Pontifical House released statistics today detailing the estimated numbers of faithful able to attend public events with the Pope in 2009. Estimates reach well over two million people just at the Papal residences.
Jan 5, 2010 - 11:09 am .- Changes have been made at St. Peter's Basilica after a security breach on Christmas Eve that left the Pope on the floor and a cardinal hospitalized. A meeting was held between heads of security and the Vatican Secretary of State in the days following the incident and at least one visible measure has been taken to prevent similar disturbances in the future.
Jan 5, 2010 - 06:13 am .- In a case showing some ramifications of the legal recognition of same-sex unions, a Virginia woman has disobeyed a Vermont court order to turn over sole custody of her biological daughter to her former lesbian partner.
Jan 5, 2010 - 04:08 am .- Following the Malaysian High Court’s approval of a Catholic newspaper’s use of the word “Allah” for God, hundreds of Muslim youth have protested and the newspaper’s website has been hacked several times.
Jan 5, 2010 - 02:09 am .- A new Catholic social networking website named Zoogle is claiming that a “new era” in mass communications gives the Church an opportunity to bypass a “media blackout” as older media outlets and first generation websites lose influence to social networks like MySpace and Facebook.
Jan 5, 2010 - 12:21 am .- Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell has blessed a “SuperCat” harbor ferry named for Blessed Mary MacKillop in one of the first events to celebrate her impending canonization.