Archive of January 26, 2010

Cardinal Ouellet defends the family as a child's first teacher of love and life

Jan 26, 2010 - 08:56 pm .- The Archbishop of Quebec, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, said last week that the family is a child's first educator in the values of love and life.  He noted that it is also primarily responsible for transmitting the faith to children, amidst today’s culture that often seeks to attack the basic unit of society.

Critic denounces Guttmacher teen pregnancy study as 'terribly simplistic'

Jan 26, 2010 - 09:25 pm .- The Guttmacher Institute released a study on Jan. 26 claiming that abstinence-only education programs are to blame for a rise in teen pregnancies and abortions in 2006. However, abstinence education proponent Valerie Huber is denouncing the researchers' conclusions as “terribly simplistic” and “disingenuous.”

Gallagher and Rauch debate same-sex 'marriage' in Boulder

Jan 26, 2010 - 09:10 pm .- A crowd of hundreds heard two leaders in the debate over government recognition of same-sex “marriage” defend their positions Monday evening in a crowded lecture hall at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

New Washington state bill could have 'chilling effect' on pregnancy centers

Jan 26, 2010 - 07:35 pm .- NARAL Pro-Choice Washington and Planned Parenthood are supporting legislation that could have a “chilling effect” on faith-based pregnancy centers in the state of Washington, says a pro-life nurse who will testify against the bill in an upcoming legislative hearing.

Venezuelan bishops urge dialogue to promote reconciliation and peace

Jan 26, 2010 - 07:04 pm .- In a message concluding their recent plenary assembly, the bishops of Venezuela made a strong call for dialogue to foster peace and reconciliation in the country.

Caritas worldwide donations for Haiti up to $65 million

Jan 26, 2010 - 03:31 pm .- Following an appeal on Jan. 21 for $42 million to provide 200,000 survivors of the disastrous earthquake in Haiti with immediate food, water, shelter and medical assistance, Head of Communications for Caritas Internationalis, Patrick Nicholson, told CNA on Tuesday that cumulative donations since then have added up to $65 million.

Mexican cardinal: Church cannot only be concerned with 'the afterlife'

Jan 26, 2010 - 02:58 pm .- In a direct reference to political groups supporting same-sex “marriage,” Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, the Archbishop of Mexico City, recalled that the mission of the Church is not limited to teaching about “the afterlife,” but that she must also address “today's problems and situations.”

Archbishop Nichols praises papal decree for encouraging Catholic-Anglican dialogue

Jan 26, 2010 - 02:02 pm .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, Archbishop Vincent Nichols said this week that the publication of the apostolic constitution allowing Anglicans the option of entering into full communion with the Catholic Church “will have important consequences” in England.

Pope invites Christians to join in 'new, intense evangelization'

Jan 26, 2010 - 01:19 pm .- In his homily during the celebration of Vespers at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls on Monday evening, Benedict XVI outlined the essential elements of convergence between all Christian faiths. He also called for a "new, intense evangelization" to respond to important issues in the world today.

Consistory may be on the horizon, Vatican experts predict

Jan 26, 2010 - 12:38 pm .- Citing the high number of cardinals reaching 80 years of age, Vatican experts say the possibility of a consistory taking place soon is becoming evermore likely.  By the end of March 2010, there will be no fewer than 12 positions available for the elevation of new cardinals.

Benedict XVI gives Austin Catholics new bishop

Jan 26, 2010 - 11:54 am .- Catholics of the Diocese of Austin rejoiced this morning to hear the words “Habemus episcopum! (We have a bishop!),” after it was made public that Pope Benedict appointed Auxiliary Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston to be Austin’s new shepherd. Bishop Vásquez is the first Mexican-American to lead the diocese and will be its fifth bishop.

Pope asks for constant prayers for Christian unity

Jan 26, 2010 - 11:42 am .- The Holy Father closed the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity with Vespers at the Roman Basilica of St. Paul's Outside-the-walls on the Monday evening. In his homily he emphasized that everyone is called to seek "full communion between all of the disciples of Christ."

Vatican to raise funds for Haiti with new stamp

Jan 26, 2010 - 10:52 am .- The Holy See's Philatelic and Numismatic Office, otherwise known as the Stamp and Coin Office, announced on Tuesday that it will "overprint" a stamp as a fundraiser for Haitian earthquake survivors.  The initiative is expected to bring in proceeds of over $210,000.

Coalition asks U.S. leaders for investigation into breast cancer risks of abortion

Jan 26, 2010 - 07:25 am .- Citing “confusing and conflicting messages” about the breast cancer risks of abortion and oral contraceptives, a coalition has sent a letter to President Obama and Congressional leaders calling for an investigation of the U.S. National Cancer Institute and the cessation of federal funding for abortion.

Thousands of West Coast pro-lifers decry abortion as ‘greatest human rights abuse’

Jan 26, 2010 - 05:49 am .- Denouncing abortion as “the greatest human rights abuse,” over 35,000 pro-life activists gathered for the Walk for Life West Coast on Friday.

Prayer making a difference in healing 'wounds’ of legal abortion, Bishop Isern says

Jan 26, 2010 - 03:02 am .- The new bishop of Pueblo, Colorado has warned of the “lingering wounds” of abortion and said the prayers and efforts of those who oppose it are making a difference.

Redemptorist Superior General urges prayer for persecuted Vietnamese Catholics

Jan 26, 2010 - 02:08 am .- Following continued government persecution of Catholics in Vietnam, the Redemptorist Superior General has appealed for prayers for the Redemptorists and other Catholics in the country.

Anglican bishop kidnapped in Nigeria

Jan 26, 2010 - 01:04 am .- The Anglican Bishop of the Benin Diocese in Nigeria was kidnapped on January 24 after celebrating Sunday mass at the Benin City cathedral.

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