Archive of January 25, 2010

Experts slam Spanish government for intrusion into education

Jan 25, 2010 - 11:11 pm .- The coalition, “Spain Educates in Freedom” has demanded that Spain’s socialist government remove the “so-called educational aspects” from the country's new abortion law, saying they violate the right of parents to choose the kind of formation they want for their children.

Rep. Pence: Abortion language helped cripple Senate health care bill

Jan 25, 2010 - 09:26 pm .- Following Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) statement that she didn’t think it's possible to pass the Senate version of the health care bill in the House, Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) said that the pro-abortion language in the bill played a “critical role” in its demise.

New website to examine Christian persecution around the world

Jan 25, 2010 - 08:04 pm .- The suffering of persecuted Christians across the world will be documented in a new website. The site features documentaries, statistics, and interviews with those who live in areas of persecution.

Vatican newspaper amused but disappointed with 'Sherlock Holmes'

Jan 25, 2010 - 06:56 pm .- Despite its good showing at the box office, Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes” has failed to impress the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, which echoed the disappointment of some reviewers who found the sleuth to be too "modernized." Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's protagonist is difficult to recognize "between one fistfight and another," the paper said.

Catholics and Evangelicals unite to defend marriage in Argentina

Jan 25, 2010 - 06:46 pm .- A Catholic bishop in Argentina has joined local evangelical leaders in opposition to same-sex “marriage.” The two groups have released a statement stressing that Christians in Tierra del Fuego, located in the southern part of Argentina, believe in “the value of every family constituted by one man and one woman.”

Terri Schiavo Foundation to hold benefit concert

Jan 25, 2010 - 06:12 pm .- Nearly five years after the death of Terri Schiavo, the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation has announced its first annual benefit concert this upcoming April, featuring country music stars Randy Travis and Colin Raye.

Oakland A's recruit hangs up jersey to don habit

Jan 25, 2010 - 04:18 pm .- Last Friday, 23-year-old Grant Desme, a minor league baseball player and top prospect for the Oakland A's, announced he was retiring from the sport to pursue the higher calling of the priesthood. According to the Norbertine Fathers' vocations director, Desme chose the order because of its religious life and its educational and liturgical orthodoxy.

Bishop encourages children to turn off the TV and encounter Christ

Jan 25, 2010 - 02:47 pm .- Bishop Antonio Angel Algora Hernando of Ciudad Real in Spain praised the Children's Missionary Outreach last week saying that their focus on solidarity and an encounter with Christ “does our children much more good” than the message proposed by television.

English and Welsh bishops discuss local issues with Pope Benedict

Jan 25, 2010 - 01:53 pm .- Nine bishops from England and Wales met with the Holy Father on Monday morning. The “ad limina” visit between the English and Welsh Catholic Bishops and Pope Benedict XVI is the first one since he took office.

Spanish archbishop urges Catholics to follow fundamentals of faith

Jan 25, 2010 - 12:49 pm .- Archbishop Carlos Osoro of Valencia called on the faithful last week to follow the example of St. Vincent the Martyr by defending “the fundamental precepts of the faith.”

Special Council for Africa prepares suggestions for Pope Benedict

Jan 25, 2010 - 11:22 am .- The Vatican Press Office has released the details of the latest meeting of African bishops since the closing of their Special Assembly in October.  A meeting of the Special Council for Africa was held on Jan. 19 - 20 at the Vatican to discuss continuing issues in the African Church.

Diocese to re-launch beatification cause for missionary Fr. Matteo Ricci

Jan 25, 2010 - 03:52 am .- The cause for the beatification of Jesuit missionary and Servant of God Fr. Mateo Ricci will be re-launched on Sunday evening after a Mass at the Cathedral of San Giuliano in the diocese of Diocese of Macerata-Tolentino.

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