Archive of January 28, 2010

Bishop suspends abortion-supporting, environmentalist priest

Jan 28, 2010 - 11:13 pm .- Bishop Carmelo Martinez Lazaro of Cajamarca in northern Peru has suspended  the controversial priest, Father Marco Arana, both because of his participation in partisan politics and for voicing his support for abortion on several occasions.

Peruvian archbishop urges prayers for country's mudslide victims

Jan 28, 2010 - 09:04 pm .- Archbishop Juan Antonio Ugarte Perez of Cusco, Peru called for prayers for the residents in southern Andean region of Anta, where torrential rains and building collapses have caused serious damage.

Burden of proof to overturn Prop. 8 was unmet, backers say as testimony ends

Jan 28, 2010 - 08:31 pm .- The testimony period of the trial of California’s Proposition 8 ended on Wednesday. Backers of the measure claimed that those seeking to overturn it did not meet the burden of proof but had produced a “spectacular show trial of irrelevant evidence.” Opponents claimed it was based in discredited religious beliefs and prejudice comparable to racism.

Poll: Young Americans losing confidence in country's moral direction

Jan 28, 2010 - 06:53 pm .- According to a recent poll conducted by the Marist Institute for the Knights of Columbus, young Americans are increasingly doubting the nation's ethical standards in business as well as the government's ability to handle the economy.

German homeschooling family granted political asylum in U.S.

Jan 28, 2010 - 05:55 pm .- Earlier this week, a U.S. immigration court granted political asylum to a Christian family who fled their native Germany after being fined and threatened with losing custody of their children for homeschooling them.

CNA makes news available to Kindle readers

Jan 28, 2010 - 03:22 pm .- CNA is proud to announce that our coverage of Catholic news from around the world is now available to our readers via Amazon's Kindle.

Activities announced for 25th anniversary of Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers

Jan 28, 2010 - 03:01 pm .- The Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers announced it will hold a series of events to commemorate its 25th anniversary, which will have as its central event a Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI on February 11.

Papal message for Lent 2010 to be released

Jan 28, 2010 - 01:52 pm .- On Feb. 4, Pope Benedict XVI will release his official message for Lent.  The title of his 2010 message for the Lenten season is "The Righteousness of God has been manifested through Faith in Christ."

God is with victims of tragedy, reassures bishop

Jan 28, 2010 - 01:08 pm .- In an emotional pastoral letter, Bishop Demetrio Martinez of Tarazona, Spain reflected on why catastrophes, such as Haiti's January 12 earthquake occur. He explained that such tragedies can only be understood with the light of God, who is always with the victims.

Archbishop Chaput addresses the reality of Satan

Jan 28, 2010 - 11:41 am .- On Wednesday, the Emmanuel Community's annual symposium in Rome was addressed by Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver, who spoke on the task of evangelizing the modern culture and what he called religious leaders' embarrassment to discuss the existence of Satan.

Pope encourages pontifical academies to address cultural problems

Jan 28, 2010 - 11:34 am .- Pope Benedict XVI met with members of the Pontifical Academies in the Clementine Hall on Thursday morning, following their 14th annual public session a day earlier. Reminding them of the importance of keeping up to date with the contemporary culture and maintaining a degree of "originality" in their research, he called for them to look to the figure of St. Thomas Aquinas for inspiration.

Fr. Corcuera urges charity as Legionaries discuss future

Jan 28, 2010 - 10:52 am .- In a recent letter sent to members of the Legion of Christ, Director General Father Alvaro Corcuera, L.C., urged members to be charitable towards each other during their internal discussions regarding the future of the congregation.

Obama administration formed by ‘aggressive’ pro-abortion litmus test, Rep. Smith states

Jan 28, 2010 - 08:03 am .- An “aggressive” pro-abortion Obama administration has been formed by a litmus test requiring support for abortion, Rep. Chris Smith (R-New Jersey) said at the March for Life.

Pam Tebow made ‘brave and virtuous’ choice, defenders respond to NOW

Jan 28, 2010 - 06:10 am .- Defenders of a pro-life Super Bowl ad featuring sports star Tim Tebow have charged that critics are being unreasonable and venomous in their opposition to broadcasting the story of his mother’s “very brave and virtuous” decision to carry her unborn son to term despite the threat to her life.

Denver archbishop urges Catholics to fight Satan

Jan 28, 2010 - 04:28 am .- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Denver followed his keynote address to the Emmanuel Community of Rome's conference on "Priests and Laity in the Mission" with a short reflection on the "disappointing times" he is experiencing.  He also elaborated on a major theme of his talk—the reality of Satan and the importance of "spiritual combat."

New book on John Paul II gives details on self-mortification, kidnap plot

Jan 28, 2010 - 03:24 am .- A new book released by a Vatican official on Wednesday details lesser known facts about the late John Paul II, including his self-mortification practices, hand written instructions for his resignation in case of incurable illness, and a plot by Italian militants to kidnap him in the 1980s.

New book on St. John Vianney to distill his ‘wisdom and grace’

Jan 28, 2010 - 02:05 am .- A priest and author examines the famed St. John Vianney as a model parish priest in his new book on the Curé d’Ars, released by Ignatius Press during this Year for Priests.

Catholic academic explains challenges of university life to young people

Jan 28, 2010 - 01:18 am .- The Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Pedro Morande Court, was in Lima this week for a meeting with young people about the various challenges they face in college.

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