Archive of February 9, 2010

Pro-family organizations denounce homosexual agenda in Chilean schools

Feb 9, 2010 - 10:51 pm .- Responding to a call by Archbishop Cristian Caro of Puerto Montt in Chile, numerous family organizations are urging a campaign to halt the distribution of pro-homosexual material in public schools.

U.S. lawmakers nominate Chinese human rights defenders for Nobel Prize

Feb 9, 2010 - 10:02 pm .- Three Chinese human rights advocates have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers. The nominees’ work includes defending victims of religious and political persecution and also victims of abuses related to China’s stringent one-child policy.

March for Life groups encourage support for mothers

Feb 9, 2010 - 07:08 pm .- The more than 80 organizations that have joined together for the March for Life in Spain have released a statement calling on the government to withdrawal its new law on abortion, to support mothers and also to respect conscientious objection.

Girlfriend of Costa Rican presidential candidate 'pockets' Eucharist

Feb 9, 2010 - 03:07 pm .- In a statement released yesterday following the “disrespectful treatment” of the Eucharist by Deborah Formal, wife of Costa Rican presidential candidate Otto Guevara, the local archbishop clarified that the despite the offensiveness of the act, it did not constitute a sacrilege.

Vatican responds to widely divergent reports on Boffo resignation

Feb 9, 2010 - 02:15 pm .- A Vatican communique released Tuesday stated that Pope Benedict XVI “deplores” the “unjust and injurious attacks” circulating in the media against the former editor of the Italian Bishops' Conference daily paper.

Venezuelan cardinal calls for new evangelization of country's capital

Feb 9, 2010 - 12:56 pm .- At a Mass sending off members of the Great Continental Mission in the Archdiocese of Caracas, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino exhorted the faithful to carry on the work of evangelization in the Venezuelan capital despite the changing political circumstances in the country.

International congress to focus on priestly identity and celibacy

Feb 9, 2010 - 11:11 am .- Today the Vatican announced that an international theological congress will be held in Rome on the theme “Faithfulness in Christ, Faithfulness of Priests.” The congress is intended to mark the current Year for Priests and will address issues such as priestly identity and celibacy.

Former Saints star says Super Bowl victory revealed a ‘team with destiny’

Feb 9, 2010 - 07:10 am .- Danny Abramowicz, Catholic speaker and former New Orleans Saints player, has said the Saints’ Super Bowl victory on Sunday showed they were a “team with destiny.” The family quality of Sunday’s game made it more enjoyable and showed the benefit Christian values can bring to sports, he thought.

DC ruling favors same-sex ‘marriage’ over religious freedom, archdiocese says

Feb 9, 2010 - 06:01 am .- A two-man Washington, D.C. panel has preferred to advance same-sex “marriage” at the cost of religious liberty, the Archdiocese of Washington has charged. The panel ruled that a referendum on a city council bill recognizing same-sex marriage would violate the District’s human rights law.

South African Bishops Conference to care for 60,000 AIDS patients

Feb 9, 2010 - 04:43 am .- Management of a large South Africa AIDS consortium led by Catholic Relief Services will be shifted into the control of the Southern Africa Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC) and two other local organizations. A recent gathering marked the longtime partnership between the two organizations.

Irish bishops meet with abuse survivors to prepare for meeting with Pope

Feb 9, 2010 - 02:29 am .- A second meeting between Irish bishops and representatives of victims of abuse by priests and Church-run institutions was held on Monday. The meeting focused on victims’ concerns and on informing the bishops’ preparations for their upcoming meeting with Pope Benedict XVI in Rome.

Spanish bishop calls on Catholic journalists to witness to truth

Feb 9, 2010 - 12:52 am .- Archbishop Juan Jose Asenjo of Seville has called on Catholic journalists to share their Christian identity and be witnesses to the truth in their profession.

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