Archive of January 14, 2011

Church leaders react to beatification decree for John Paul II with ‘great joy’

Jan 14, 2011 - 08:02 pm .- Polish Catholic leaders reacted to the announcement of John Paul II’s beatification with enthusiasm and gratitude, praising the late Pope’s example to Poland and to the Church. The Archbishop of New York also reacted with “great joy” as he recalled memories of the Pope’s visits.

Pope rejects plan to expel Neocatechumenal Way from Japan, will appoint delegate

Jan 14, 2011 - 06:50 pm .- A papal delegate will soon be appointed to kick-start dialogue between the Japanese bishops and officials of the Neocatechumenal Way. A December meeting in the Vatican left them at odds about the movement's future in the nation.

John Paul II named patron of 2011 World Youth Day

Jan 14, 2011 - 02:59 pm .- The general coordinator of World Youth Day 2011 announced Jan 14 that John Paul II has been named patron of the upcoming youth event in Madrid, Spain.

New European Union school calendar omits Christian holidays

Jan 14, 2011 - 02:11 pm .- A 2011-2012 school calendar published by the European Union has omitted Christian holidays, while continuing to note important Jewish and Muslim celebrations.

Pope appoints new bishops for Pennsylvania and Indiana dioceses

Jan 14, 2011 - 12:13 pm .- On Jan. 14, Pope Benedict XVI appointed two U.S. priests to receive consecration as bishops for the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown in Pennsylvania, and the Archdiocese of Indianapolis in Indiana.

John Paul II's beatification approved for May 1, Divine Mercy Sunday

Jan 14, 2011 - 10:55 am .- The much-anticipated beatification of Pope John Paul II will take place on May 1, the Sunday after Easter, the Vatican announced.

US Embassy to Vietnam sees progress in religious freedom despite anti-Catholic incidents

Jan 14, 2011 - 06:16 am .- A leaked U.S. State Department cable on religious freedom in Vietnam says the country has made progress and should not be re-designated as a “country of particular concern,” despite significant incidents involving the beatings and arrests of Catholics.

Boston archdiocese releases non-discrimination policy after school admittance controversy

Jan 14, 2011 - 02:41 am .- The Archdiocese of Boston has created a new Catholic schools admission policy in the wake of a controversy over a homosexual couple who tried to register their child for a Catholic school and were denied. The policy says schools must not “discriminate or exclude any categories of students,” while acknowledging the autonomy of local parish and school officials.

Australian Catholics face long recovery from 'worst-ever' floods

Jan 14, 2011 - 12:51 am .- As floodwaters begin to recede in the urban center of Brisbane and other submerged areas, Catholic charities and churches throughout Queensland expect it will take years to recover fully from the worst flooding in the Australian state's history.

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