Archive of January 19, 2010

Church in El Salvador urges spiritual reconciliation among country's citizens

Jan 19, 2010 - 11:07 pm .- As El Salvador celebrates the 18th anniversary of peace agreements between the country's government and rebel groups, the Apostolic Nuncio to El Salvador, Archbishop Luigi Pezzuto, has emphasized that in addition to the reconstruction of the country, spiritual reconciliation must also be a priority for the nation's people.

Thousands gather for abortion protest in Houston

Jan 19, 2010 - 10:03 pm .- On Martin Luther King Day, thousands of people, including nationally renowned pro-life leaders came from across the U.S. to protest the future six-story home of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Houston, Texas.

Jewish-Catholic dialogue continues after papal synagogue visit

Jan 19, 2010 - 09:32 pm .- Since Pope Benedict's visit to the Synagogue of Rome on Sunday, media outlets have produced countless stories on the state of relations between the two religions.  Despite the climax of the encounter, dialogue between the two continues to be a work in progress and important talks have immediately followed the occasion.

Catholic organizations continue relief efforts in Haiti

Jan 19, 2010 - 08:24 pm .- Despite numerous obstacles, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has continued its relief efforts in Haiti after the catastrophic earthquake that left tens of thousands dead and even more homeless and without basic necessities.

Chilean bishop encourages collaboration between political parties

Jan 19, 2010 - 07:03 pm .- Bishop Alejandro Goic, president of the Chilean bishops' conference met with the newly-elected president of the country, Sebastian Pinera and expressed his desire for the new government to collaborate with opposing political parties to create a more just, fraternal and unified country.

Chris Christie begins his inauguration day with Mass

Jan 19, 2010 - 06:12 pm .- The morning of his inauguration as governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie (R-N.J.) attended Mass in Newark, New Jersey, “looking at it as an opportunity to begin the day in prayer.”

Virtual March for Life drawing thousands

Jan 19, 2010 - 03:13 pm .- Americans United for Life president Dr. Charmaine Yoest has announced the first ever Virtual March for Life taking place on Jan. 22. The goal of the virtual effort is to give a voice to those who are unable to travel to Washington D.C. for the upcoming event.

Spanish drug agency confirms grave effects of morning-after pill

Jan 19, 2010 - 02:54 pm .- The Spanish Agency for Drugs and Health Care Products, which is under the Ministry of Health, recently stated in a report that serious physical side effects result from the use of the morning-after pill, such as ectopic pregnancies and deep vein thrombosis.

Vatican prepares for Middle East Synod by outlining regional issues

Jan 19, 2010 - 02:17 pm .- The Vatican Press Office presented on Tuesday the "Lineamenta" document in preparation for the convocation of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Middle Eastern Bishops.  The document aims to stimulate discussion for the creation of a "working document" that will provide guidelines for the upcoming synod, which will be held in the Vatican from Oct. 10 - 24 of this year.

Haitian church in ruins, students' house destroyed

Jan 19, 2010 - 01:01 pm .- The secretary general of the Congregation of the Redemptorists, Fr. Joseph P. Dorcey, told Fides news agency that the Church of St. Gerard in Port-au-Prince was completely destroyed by the January 12 earthquake, however no Redemptorists were killed.

Details of possible Pius XII miracle emerge

Jan 19, 2010 - 12:21 pm .- Some details of the case under investigation regarding a possible miracle attributed to Venerable Pope Pius XII have been made public.  The story features not just one former Pontiff, but two.

Pope makes Ghanan region Apostolic Vicariate

Jan 19, 2010 - 11:58 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has elevated the Apostolic Prefecture of Donkorkrom in Ghana to the status of Apostolic Vicariate.  The region will continue to be overseen by Fr. Gabriel Edoe Kumordji according to a Vatican communique recognizing the action on Tuesday.

Haiti quake shows need for Christ’s resurrection, Bishop Wenski writes

Jan 19, 2010 - 07:39 am .- The disastrous earthquake in Haiti shows that this world is a fallen “valley of tears” and is not a particular judgment on the Haitian people, Bishop Thomas Wenski of Orlando, Florida wrote on Sunday. He said such a crisis calls to mind both Christ’s crucifixion and the hope-giving nature of His resurrection.

Overseas pro-life leaders condemn ‘aggressive’ pro-abortion U.S. policy

Jan 19, 2010 - 06:09 am .- A delegation of international pro-life leaders will attend the March for Life in Washington, D.C. on Friday to show support for American pro-lifers and to voice their opposition to the U.S. government’s “aggressive” pro-abortion foreign policies.

Vietnamese government denies 'blowing up' crucifix, blocks Catholic news sites

Jan 19, 2010 - 03:59 am .- Following reports that it destroyed a crucifix and brutalized parishioners, the Vietnamese government has blocked various Catholic news sites from its citizens and claimed that it dismantled the crucifix, rather than blowing it up.

Paris March for Life draws 25,000 participants

Jan 19, 2010 - 02:21 am .- An estimated 25,000 pro-life advocates took part in the sixth Paris March for Life on Sunday to mark the 35th anniversary of the legalization of abortion in France and to protest its “blatant injustice” towards the unborn and the “unspeakable sufferings” it causes women.

Church in Cuba urges faithful to assist earthquake victims

Jan 19, 2010 - 12:57 am .- President of Caritas Cuba, Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino of Havana sent a message last week to the priests, deacons, religious and lay faithful of Cuba encouraging spiritual and material solidarity with victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

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