Archive of January 11, 2010

Vatican releases Holy Father's prayer intentions for 2011

Jan 11, 2010 - 10:56 pm .- L’Osservatore Romano has published the prayer intentions of Pope Benedict XVI for 2011, a full year in advance. The Holy Father’s intentions will be as follows:

U.S. bishops laud courage of N.J. Senate vote on gay 'marriage'

Jan 11, 2010 - 10:25 pm .- On Monday, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz praised the efforts of the recent New Jersey State Senate vote to preserve the traditional definition of marriage on Jan. 7, expressing gratitude for the “courage” the senators displayed.

Obama nominee wants to 'punish the Church,' Bill Donohue argues

Jan 11, 2010 - 10:16 pm .- Following President Obama's renomination of Dawn Johnsen to head of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, Bill Donohue of the Catholic League stated on Friday that Johnsen “is not someone who simply takes issue with the Catholic Church's pro-life position: she wants to punish the Church.”

Pope addresses Israeli and Palestinian impasse

Jan 11, 2010 - 08:04 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI reiterated his stand on the rights of Israel and Palestine to be sovereign and mutually-respecting nations Monday morning to the Vatican Diplomatic Corps. He had expressed his appeal to the two countries to enter into dialogue and find a way to respect their respective rights on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land last May.

Portuguese Parliament approves gay 'marriage'

Jan 11, 2010 - 07:04 pm .- Despite opposition from the Bishops’ Conference of Portugal as well as from a large portion of the country, Portugal’s Parliament passed a law last Friday making same-sex unions equal to marriage.

Relativism must not be allowed to deny religion's importance, Pope insists

Jan 11, 2010 - 06:44 pm .- In his "state of the world address" to the Diplomatic Corps to the Holy See on Monday, Pope Benedict surveyed the issues affecting the world today, emphasizing the importance of not allowing relativism to deny the "social importance of religion," especially in Europe.

U.S. bishops reactivate nationwide campaign against federal abortion funding

Jan 11, 2010 - 05:57 pm .- With House and Senate leaders meeting behind closed doors to forge a health care overhaul bill, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)  has reactivated its grassroots campaign to encourage Catholics nationwide to tell lawmakers they oppose  federal funding of abortion.

Pope decries violence against immigrants and Christians

Jan 11, 2010 - 05:27 pm .- After the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI called for respect between those of different religions or places of origin. The papal appeal comes in obvious relation to recent atrocities committed against Coptic Christians in Egypt and the continued “revolt” being led by immigrant workers in southern Italy in the last week.

Adult stem cell research respects human integrity, says Mexican archbishop

Jan 11, 2010 - 03:01 pm .- Archbishop Emeritus Carlos Quintero Arce of Hermosillo in Mexico encouraged the use of adult stem cells in medical research last week, underscoring that such a practice does not violate the right to life of embryos and respects the integrity of human life.

Prop. 8 backer asks to withdraw from trial as high court blocks YouTube broadcasts

Jan 11, 2010 - 02:56 pm .- On Monday morning the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked the YouTube broadcasts of the hearings on California’s Proposition 8, but not before one backer sought to withdraw from the trial. He cited concerns for his safety and the safety of his family, also noting past death threats in YouTube comments.

Holy Father visits Cardinal Etchegaray in the hospital

Jan 11, 2010 - 02:01 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI dropped in to Rome's Gemelli Hospital for a visit to French Cardinal Roger Etchegaray on Saturday evening.  The cardinal appeared to be in good condition after an operation to rebuild his femur following the injury he sustained at St. Peter's on Dec. 24.

Attacks in Malaysia designed to 'annihilate' Christians, warns Vatican official

Jan 11, 2010 - 12:59 pm .- Archbishop Robert Sarah, secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples said last week that the recent attacks against Christians in Malaysia are designed to annihilate and reject “those who believe in Christ.”

Protect creation through education, Pope tells diplomats

Jan 11, 2010 - 10:37 am .- The Holy Father addressed the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See on Monday morning for what some call “the state of the world address.” Gathered in the Sala Regia of the Apostolic Palace, the diplomats to the Vatican heard a message that reiterated the Pontiff’s hope for a new consciousness that pursues peace in the world through the protection of creation.

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