Archive of January 8, 2010

Bishop emeritus of Gallup Donald E. Pelotte dies at 64

Jan 8, 2010 - 10:32 pm .- Bishop emeritus of Gallup, New Mexico Donald E. Pelotte died on Thursday morning at a Florida hospital after a period of illness. He was 64.

Vietnam archdiocese condemns crucifix attack as 'sacrilege'

Jan 8, 2010 - 08:06 pm .- The Archdiocese of Hanoi has condemned a recent police attack on Catholic parishioners and the destruction of a cemetery crucifix by the city police as a “sacrilege.”

Bishops of Mexico defend true marriage

Jan 8, 2010 - 07:01 pm .- In defense of true marriage and the family, the Mexican bishops' conference has called for more debate on the controversial Mexico City law making homosexual unions equal to marriage.

Bishop who organized World Youth Day appointed to Australian diocese

Jan 8, 2010 - 06:50 pm .- Bishop Anthony C. Fisher was appointed on Friday by Pope Benedict XVI as bishop of Parramatta, Australia. Bishop Fisher, 49, who currently serves as auxiliary bishop of Sydney, was Coordinator of the 2008 World Youth Day and is credited for his extensive work in helping organize it.

Prayers being offered for murdered Coptic Christians

Jan 8, 2010 - 05:11 pm .- In the wake of the drive-by shooting and killing of several Coptic Christians and a police officer, Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, is offering his prayers for the slain.

Spanish president seeking to mandate fast-track divorce in Europe, expert warns

Jan 8, 2010 - 03:11 pm .- The vice president of the European Network of the Institute for Family Policy, Mariano Martinez-Aedo, denounced the Spanish President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero this week for working “to radicalize Europe,” by imposing fast-track divorce and gender ideology.

Security official guarantees Pope's safety

Jan 8, 2010 - 01:15 pm .- Security official Salvatore Festa, who coordinates activity between the Italian police who serve at the Vatican and Holy See officials, guaranteed Pope Benedict's security, as new measures have been taken following the Christmas Eve incident in which the Pope was pulled to the ground by a disturbed woman.

More thanks and good wishes for Vatican security from the Pope

Jan 8, 2010 - 11:26 am .- In his second audience with security staff in recent days, Pope Benedict XVI met with members of the Vatican Inspectorate of Public Security on Friday morning in the Clementine Room of the Apostolic Palace.  The purpose of the traditional annual encounter was to exchange New Year's wishes and relate the Holy See's gratitude for their service.

Bush to receive Cardinal O'Connor Award for pro-life efforts

Jan 8, 2010 - 10:48 am .- Former President George W. Bush will be presented with an award by the lay group Legatus, for his work in advancing the pro-life cause. The ceremony will be held at the annual Legatus Summit Feb. 5-6 in Dana Point, Calif., where Bush will address the business group for the first time since leaving office a year ago.

Costly ‘marriage penalty’ in proposed health care bill draws criticism

Jan 8, 2010 - 06:42 am .- Proposed health care reform could require some married couples to pay $2,000 or more compared to unmarried couples living together, prompting some leaders to criticize the “marriage penalty.” They voiced concerns the provision would discourage marriage.

Coptic Christians clash with police after Christmas Mass shootings in Egypt

Jan 8, 2010 - 04:06 am .- The killing of seven in a drive-by shooting that targeted Egyptian Coptic Christians leaving a Christmas Eve midnight Mass has triggered clashes with police during a funeral procession for the victims.

30,000 expected for sixth Walk for Life West Coast

Jan 8, 2010 - 03:53 am .- More than 30,000 pro-life activists are expected for the Sixth Annual Walk for Life West Coast on Jan. 23 in San Francisco. Undercover student investigator Lila Rose, former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson and 40 Days for Life director David Bereit will be among its speakers.  

Major conference to discuss Cardinal Newman and intellectual life

Jan 8, 2010 - 01:47 am .- In anticipation of the beatification of Venerable Cardinal John Henry Newman, a major conference will be held at the Portsmouth Abbey School in Rhode Island to discuss the nineteenth-century convert and theologian.

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