Feb 5, 2010 - 11:36 pm .- The president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, called on Catholics communicators at a conference in Brazil this week to make an examination of conscience about whether or not they are living the values they preach in their apostolates.
Feb 5, 2010 - 09:17 pm .- The spokesperson for the Spanish organization Right to Life, Gador Joya, slammed President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero this week for trying to hide behind a “democratic mask” and claim that he defends the dignity of human life, when his abortion bill seeks to violently take the lives of innocent human beings.
Feb 5, 2010 - 07:32 pm .- Families and friends came together for a communal funeral Mass in memory of the 16 teenagers killed last week during a party in Juarez, Mexico. According to a press release, “at least three teenagers” of the 16 who were gunned down were laid to rest in the municipal cemetery of St. Raphael after the ceremony.
Feb 5, 2010 - 05:59 pm .- The Italian Daily Il Foglio has joined the media frenzy surrounding the production of a commercial including members of the Tebow family for the Super Bowl this year. In an article titled “The Implacable Unrelenting Tim Tebow,” the paper describes the scene surrounding the commercial they deem a “hymn to life.”
Feb 5, 2010 - 05:16 pm .- L’Osservatore Romano published an article on Thursday by Father Luis Garza Medina, the Vicar General of the Legionaries of Christ, in which he reflected on what priests should do in response to the challenges “that confront humanity” and the “drama of modern man.”
Feb 5, 2010 - 04:22 pm .- The Archdiocese of San Jose announced that it will celebrate a special Mass with the country’s presidential candidates on election day this Sunday.
Feb 5, 2010 - 03:10 pm .- In a recent interview with CNA, Fr. Peter Gallagher, chaplain for the Indianapolis Colts, discussed his experience working with the team and explained that many of the members recognize their talent as “a gift from God” and play with gratitude for it.
Feb 5, 2010 - 01:08 pm .- Bishop Pierre-Andre Dumas, president of Caritas Haiti, criticized the attempt by Baptist volunteers to take a group of Haitian who were not orphans out of the country.
Feb 5, 2010 - 12:07 pm .- The editor of the National Catholic Reporter (NCR) threw another punch on Thursday in his protracted battle with Inside Catholic’s Dr. Deal Hudson, an act that Catholic Online’s Editor-in-Chief Deacon Keith Fournier finds to be morally objectionable and filled with calumny.
Feb 5, 2010 - 11:19 am .- Pope Benedict XVI met with bishops from Scotland Friday morning on the occasion of their “ad Limina” visit to the Holy See. Not only did he confirm that he will be visiting their nation this year, but he addressed a variety of issues relevant to the Scottish Church, including the need to defend Church teaching in the face of secularism.
Feb 5, 2010 - 10:53 am .- Pope Benedict XVI used the occasion of the Scottish bishops’ “ad Limina” visit to officially announce his intentions to make a visit their country later this year. The declaration comes just days after the Holy Father confirmed his plans to go to England.
Feb 5, 2010 - 07:24 am .- The group Roman Catholic Womenpriests recently announced that they are “ordaining” two female “priests” and one “deacon” in an upcoming ceremony in Sarasota, Florida. The Diocese of Venice issued a statement on Thursday denouncing the “ordinations” and saying that the group's attempt “brings division and fractures unity in the Church.”
Feb 5, 2010 - 06:04 am .- In a Wednesday speech at Catholic University of America (CUA), Cardinal Christoph Schönborn lauded Christians’ freedom from “political correctness” and “the latest fashions.” Seeing hope for renewal in past monastic movements and in the contemporary United States, he discussed the relationship between Christianity and the modern West.
Feb 5, 2010 - 03:20 am .- The first openly homosexual Episcopal bishop, V. Gene Robinson, has claimed that the Bible does not address the ethics of “monogamous, lifelong” homosexual relationships. He suggested that the people of St. Paul’s times did not realize that some people were “affectionally oriented” to their own sex.
Feb 5, 2010 - 02:54 am .- The president of Haiti’s Bishops’ Conference has mournfully recounted the burial of seminarians killed in the country’s massive January quake. Describing the strains and torments in the disaster’s wake, he says the surviving seminarians will help other grieving victims despite their own suffering.
Feb 5, 2010 - 01:01 am .- During the 21st International Conference for Military Chaplains held in Spain this week, Bishop Fabio Suescun Mutis of the Military Diocese in Colombia emphasized that spiritual care for soldiers and police officers in Latin America is not only necessary, but urgent.