Archive of January 15, 2010

'Yes to Life' referendum to call attention to new Spanish abortion law

Jan 15, 2010 - 11:07 pm .- Pro-life leaders in Madrid announced this week they will present the “Yes to Life” referendum in the Spanish capital on January 21, in order to raise awareness in Europe about the extent of the country’s new abortion law.

Oklahoma bill backs more marriage counseling, stricter standards for divorce

Jan 15, 2010 - 08:16 pm .- In a proposal aimed to reduce an extremely high divorce rate, an Oklahoma state legislator has introduced a bill that would reward engaged couples who obtain more pre-marital counseling and would require pre-divorce counseling for troubled marriages. It also creates “covenant marriages” with stricter standards for divorce.

Chief Rabbi of Rome defends Pope's visit to synagogue

Jan 15, 2010 - 08:07 pm .- Pope Benedict's decision to advance the beatification of Pope Pius XII has caused one prominent Italian rabbi to withdraw from Benedict's first visit to Rome's synagogue. However, the Chief Rabbi of Rome plans to go ahead with the event, saying, "We still have to get together, even if we have different opinions."

Priests must 'lead the charge' in proclaiming the Gospel, says Cardinal Ruini

Jan 15, 2010 - 07:11 pm .- During a conference this week in Rome, Cardinal Camillo Ruini and secretary general of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, Msgr. Mariano Crociata emphasized that priests must lead the faithful in confidently and courageously announcing the Gospel message.

Caritas relief teams arrive in Haiti, say situation is ‘very bad’

Jan 15, 2010 - 06:56 pm .- Teams from Caritas have arrived in Haiti to support local staff in relief work for survivors of Tuesday’s massive earthquake. The situation is “very bad,” they report.

U.S. bishops urge Obama to grant Temporary Protected Status to Haiti

Jan 15, 2010 - 05:31 pm .- Cardinal Francis George, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, sent a letter to President Obama on Friday, urging him to designate Haiti a country of Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

Vatican releases Pope's Lent and Easter schedule

Jan 15, 2010 - 04:03 pm .- It's official. Malta is on the Holy Father's calendar for an apostolic visit in April.  The Pope's plans for Easter have also been made public on a calendar released on Friday by the Vatican.

Mass. Senate candidate’s remarks show threat to Catholics’ freedoms, critics say

Jan 15, 2010 - 02:52 pm .- Massachusetts U.S. Senate candidate Martha Coakley has come under fire for saying pro-life medical workers with conscientious objections to some treatments “probably shouldn’t work in the emergency room.” One critic said her remarks are a “wake-up call” about the threats to the religious freedom of orthodox Catholics.

Latin American bishops express solidarity with Haitian earthquake victims

Jan 15, 2010 - 01:09 pm .- Expressing their solidarity with the people of Haiti, the bishops of Mexico, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador and Chile announced they would organize national collections to help provide food, shelter and medicine to the earthquake victims. 

Pope Benedict thanks CDF for bioethics contributions

Jan 15, 2010 - 12:13 pm .- Speaking with the members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) on Friday, Pope Benedict expressed gratefulness for their work, particularly focusing on their efforts to apply Christians ethics to in vitro fertilization, cloning and gene therapy.

Pope hopes for unity with SSPX, thanks congregation for work with Anglicans

Jan 15, 2010 - 11:41 am .- In an address to members Plenary Assembly of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at noon on Friday Pope Benedict XVI spoke of the unity he wishes to see in the Catholic Church.  He  expressed his hope for "full communion" with the Society of St. Pius X and the adherence of Anglicans "to the truth received from Christ."

Vatican spokesman says 'only real comfort' in Haiti is love

Jan 15, 2010 - 10:54 am .- As Haiti reels from the destruction left by Tuesday's devastating earthquake, messages of support and prayers are coming in along with aid from every corner of the globe, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi says "the only real comfort" of these days in Haiti is this "generous and genuine love."

Diocese of Worcester seeking news about mission house in quake-struck Haiti

Jan 15, 2010 - 07:21 am .- The Diocese of Worcester is still seeking news on the fate of its mission house in Les Cayes, Haiti after Tuesday’s devastating earthquake. The diocese has many ties to the country.

Catholics must combat ‘shadow industry’ of human trafficking, Archbishop Vlazny says

Jan 15, 2010 - 06:35 am .- Human trafficking is a “shadow industry” and an example of slavery’s persistence, Archbishop of Portland, Oregon John Vlazny has said. Discussing how Catholics can help combat the crime, he recommended former slave St. Josephine Bakhita as a patroness for its victims.

Hillary Clinton attempts to redefine U.N. agreement by adding abortion, experts charge

Jan 15, 2010 - 05:14 am .- Claiming to honor the 15th anniversary of the International Conference on Population Control (ICPD), Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared in Washington D.C. on January 8 that the U.S. government will push for international acceptance of reproductive health for women, including abortion, contradicting the conference's previous agreements.

New petition asks Notre Dame’s Fr. Jenkins to drop charges against 88 pro-lifers

Jan 15, 2010 - 04:21 am .- A new petition asks University of Notre Dame president Fr. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., to request that charges be dropped against the 88 pro-life protesters arrested on the university campus during the controversy over President Barack Obama’s May 2009 commencement speech.

EWTN promises ‘most complete coverage’ of March for Life events

Jan 15, 2010 - 02:20 am .- The Eternal Word Television Network says it will offer the “most complete coverage available” for the 2010 March for Life in Washington, D.C. and for the Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco. Coverage includes Masses, marches, rallies, interviews, panel discussions and speeches from pro-life speakers around the country.

Mexican cardinal calls for solidarity with Haiti

Jan 15, 2010 - 12:59 am .- Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, is calling for solidarity with the people of Haiti, echoing the words of Pope Benedict XVI during his Wednesday General Audience asking for immediate help for the nation devastated by the January 12 earthquake.

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