Dec 17, 2010 - 07:24 pm .- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput joined his brother bishops in expressing support for the controversial DREAM Act – a bill that would grant citizenship to many children brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents. The bill is expected to be voted on by the Senate on Dec. 18.
Dec 17, 2010 - 06:07 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI encouraged Catholics to be faithful and courageous in witnessing to a secularized society in a letter sent to an Italian archdiocese.
Dec 17, 2010 - 03:49 pm .- Bishop Luis Stockler of Quilmes, Argentina reflected on the celebration of Christmas, pointing out that the image of Christ in the manger “shows us how much God loves us.”
Dec 17, 2010 - 03:13 pm .- The Vatican issued a sharp rebuke to China for forcing bishops and others loyal to Rome to take part in elections for Catholic organizations controlled by the ruling communist party.
Dec 17, 2010 - 02:40 pm .- With Christmas fast approaching, Iraqi Christians are coming to the hard realization that there may be a day when there are no more Christians left in their homeland.
Dec 17, 2010 - 02:02 pm .- The vice president of the Venezuelan bishops' conference, Archbishop Baltazar Porras, warned that granting President Hugo Chavez the power to rule by decree would result in greater division and “corruption.”
Dec 17, 2010 - 05:56 am .- The repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which could endanger religious freedom in the military, has passed the U.S. House of Representatives. Its success or failure depends upon whether it is scheduled for a Senate vote as Congress comes to a close.
Dec 17, 2010 - 02:45 am .- The European Court of Human Rights ruled Dec. 16 that Ireland's abortion ban breached the rights of a woman who filed suit against Ireland after she had to leave the country in order to procure an abortion.
Dec 17, 2010 - 01:06 am .- Haiti's bishops have appointed the leader of an architecture and engineering unit, which will oversee the reconstruction of church property damaged in the January 2010 earthquake.