Jan 18, 2010 - 10:48 pm .- The new Apostolic Nuncio to Spain, Archbishop Renzo Fratini, defended the importance of the family and reaffirmed that one of its main rights is to have a voice in the education of their children.
Jan 18, 2010 - 09:10 pm .- The Holy Father began the Week of prayer for Christian unity as he welcomed an ecumenical delegation from the Lutheran Church of Finland in audience. Their visit was celebrated by the Pope, who expressed his hope that the groups efforts would make headway in restoring "our lost unity."
Jan 18, 2010 - 08:39 pm .- After praying the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI welcomed the start of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This year, the eight days of meditation take on the theme of "kergyma" or proclamation of the Gospel.
Jan 18, 2010 - 07:18 pm .- A pro-life ad featuring college football star Tim Tebow and his mother will be aired during the Super Bowl broadcast on CBS. The 30-second ad, sponsored by Focus on the Family, intends to encourage respect for life.
Jan 18, 2010 - 06:55 pm .- The Fides News Agency reported last week that the hospital operated by the Camillian Order is one of the few medical centers able to attend to the wounded in Port-au-Prince, Haiti following the January 12 earthquake.
Jan 18, 2010 - 06:43 pm .- Massachusetts Senate hopeful Martha Coakley has come under fire recently for her comments that Catholics who oppose emergency contraception shouldn't work in emergency rooms. Analyzing the remarks in an article this past Saturday, one political commentator said her “No Catholics Need Apply” mentality is a “genuine threat to American freedom.”
Jan 18, 2010 - 05:18 pm .- The man who attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II in 1981 was freed from a Turkish prison on Monday. His mental stability is in question after a statement was circulated, upon his release, that includes his self-proclamation as being "Christ eternal."
Jan 18, 2010 - 04:50 pm .- Vienna’s Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has faxed a letter of apology to Bishop Ratko Perić following the cardinal's well-publicized visit to Medjugorje. Bishop Perić, whose diocese includes the famous site of alleged Marian apparitions, had previously issued a statement expressing his displeasure at not being informed of the cardinal's visit.
Jan 18, 2010 - 03:49 pm .- Catholic Charities of the Washington D.C. Archdiocese will join with Catholic Charities USA in honoring Martin Luther King Jr. by sponsoring the first national “Keep the Dream Alive Mass and Award.” The event will be held on Monday, Jan. 18 at St. Aloysius Church in Washington D.C. and will recognize four national figures who have worked to preserve King's legacy, particularly the reduction of poverty.
Jan 18, 2010 - 03:04 pm .- Jorge Serrano Limon, the director of the organization “Provida” in Mexico, criticized lawmakers of the Mexico City Legislative Assembly last week for legalizing homosexual unions and allowing them to adopt children. He noted that the move was a “conspiracy against the family” that will gravely impact society.
Jan 18, 2010 - 02:40 pm .- The Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, confirmed over the telephone to CNA today that a "presumed miracle" attributed to Pope Pius XII is under investigation. The case involves a patient cured of cancer in southern Italy.
Jan 18, 2010 - 02:10 pm .- At 69 years-old, Bishop André-Mutien Léonard has been nominated by Benedict XVI as the new Metropolitan Archbishop of Malines-Brussels and primate of the Catholic Church of Belgium. The Pope's selection of their "most traditional bishop" will bring new direction to the Belgian Catholic Church.
Jan 18, 2010 - 12:58 pm .- Bishops from Latin America are urging the faithful to offer prayers and financial assistance to earthquake victims in Haiti.
Jan 18, 2010 - 12:08 pm .- Monsignor William Michael Mulvey from the Diocese of Austin was named today by Pope Benedict to become the new Bishop of Corpus Christi, Texas. At a press conference in Corpus Christi on Monday morning, Bishop-elect Mulvey said he was humbled by the appointment, expressed his loyalty to the Holy Father and greeted the faithful of his new flock.
Jan 18, 2010 - 05:35 am .- Family Research Council announced today that they will hosting the fifth annual Blogs for Life, a conference for pro-life bloggers and online social media activists.