Jan 12, 2010 - 09:09 pm .- In Italy, the pre-Christmas release of the book "The Courage to Speak Out - Stories of ex-Scientologists" was met with a promise from the National Church of Scientology of Italy to bring legal action against the author and "whomever has assisted her." A spokeswoman for the book's publisher told CNA that, as of yet, no such action has been taken against them.
Jan 12, 2010 - 08:03 pm .- As the day of the papal visit to the Synagogue of Rome approaches, another religious leader has decided to join the Pope for what looks to be a full itinerary. On Jan. 17, Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem will accompany the Holy Father on his historic stop.
Jan 12, 2010 - 07:30 pm .- Following the U.S. Bishops' announcement of their grassroots campaign to encourage the faithful to speak out against federal funding of abortion, the Knights of Columbus is calling upon its members to become active in voicing Catholic concerns as well.
Jan 12, 2010 - 07:10 pm .- The secretary of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Bishop Juan Vicente Cordoba, explained this week that the country’s bishops are taking a neutral stance on the possible re-election of country's Catholic President Alvaro Uribe.
Jan 12, 2010 - 06:26 pm .- In a Washington Post column on Jan. 8, Sister Mary Ann Walsh, director of media relations for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops outlined several problems with the health care bills proposed by the U.S. House and Senate, including funding for abortion, the lack of conscience protections and access for immigrants to health care.
Jan 12, 2010 - 06:05 pm .- The trial judge assigned to the legal case involving 88 pro-life activists arrested for demonstrating at the University of Notre Dame recused herself from the case last week. The activists had demonstrated against the university’s decision to host President Barack Obama as a commencement speaker and award him an honorary degree.
Jan 12, 2010 - 03:11 pm .- Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera reiterated this week that leaders of the Church cannot be silent in the face of attacks on marriage and the family - such as those by Mexico City lawmakers who approved same-sex unions and granted them the right to adopt children.
Jan 12, 2010 - 12:59 pm .- After recent anti-Christian attacks in Egypt, the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, called for the country to appreciate the contributions of Egyptian Christians to society and to respect their “fundamental right to religious freedom.”
Jan 12, 2010 - 11:42 am .- President Obama and the First Lady are attending a Catholic funeral service today for Vice President Joe Biden's mother, Mrs. Jean Biden. Services are taking place at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Wilmington, Delaware.
Jan 12, 2010 - 11:29 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has sent his condolences for the death of Cardinal Armand Gaetan Razafindratandra, archbishop emeritus of Antananarivo, Madagascar, who passed away on January 9 at the age of 84.
Jan 12, 2010 - 06:37 am .- Attacks on Christian churches and institutions continue in Malaysia after a court ruling allowing non-Muslims to use the word “Allah” for God sparked protests and increased religious tensions. A government leader said the situation has stabilized and suspects are being pursued.
Jan 12, 2010 - 03:31 am .- After the death of a 30-year-old woman who underwent an abortion, a previously disciplined California abortionist has been accused of gross negligence, incompetence and other legal violations. A judge has ordered him to stop performing abortions until his medical license is reviewed, while critics say their complaints were not addressed.
Jan 12, 2010 - 02:26 am .- The 2010 Collection for the Church in Latin America will be taken up in most U.S. parishes on the weekend of January 23-24. The collection, which has “Keep Faith” as its theme, is intended to assist the pastoral needs of the region by supporting dioceses, parishes and other Catholic institutions.
Jan 12, 2010 - 12:48 am .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela, Archbishop Ubaldo Santana, called for an end to the violence sweeping the nation and encouraged those living in the Americas to promote peace and unity.
Jan 12, 2010 - 12:12 am .- Police in the Philippines are investigating a grenade attack on Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cathedral in Jolo, early on Sunday.