Archive of January 21, 2011

Cuban Catholic magazine: Relaxed travel rules will help spur reforms in country

Jan 21, 2011 - 10:19 pm .- An article published by the Archdiocese of Havana’s Catholic magazine, “Espacio Laical,” praised the decision by the Obama administration to relax the rules on travel to Cuba for academic, cultural and religious reasons, saying it comes at a strategic moment and will spur necessary reforms in the country.

Church in Brazil labors to help flood victims

Jan 21, 2011 - 06:54 pm .- Two Catholic bishops in the region of Rio de Janeiro have reported on the arduous work  carried out by the Church in response to torrential rains and flooding that have so far left 765 people dead.

Pope blesses special lambs on Feast of St. Agnes

Jan 21, 2011 - 05:50 pm .- After an unusual journey, a pair of lambs destined for great things were blessed by Pope Benedict XVI in a traditional ceremony at the Vatican on Jan. 21.

Vatican bank chief issues warning about US, European economic policies

Jan 21, 2011 - 03:05 pm .- Current fiscal and monetary policies in the United States and Europe risk increasing government control over national economies, resulting in weakened political strength throughout “the whole of the western world,” the Vatican’s top banking expert said.

As scandal rocks Italian government, Pope urges return to morality

Jan 21, 2011 - 01:56 pm .- Italians are calling for truth in a possible sex scandal that threatens to cause serious damage to their current government. Amid the turmoil, Pope Benedict XVI has issued a call for a return to morality for those in public office.

Archbishop Dolan outlines bishops' advice to new Congress

Jan 21, 2011 - 12:40 pm .- Along with their Jan. 18 recommendations on fixing “serious moral problems” in last year's health care legislation, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a more comprehensive set of recommendations to members of the 112th Congress.

Sargent Shriver remembered for public service and pro-life stand

Jan 21, 2011 - 06:08 am .- Catholic politician and public servant Robert Sargent Shriver died on Jan. 18 at the age of 95 in Bethesda, Maryland. He was remembered for his faith and leadership, his service to the poor and his prominent stand as a pro-life Democrat.

Holy Wood Acting Studio aiming to form actors with good character (Updated)

Jan 21, 2011 - 03:01 am .- On March 28, a team of acting coaches and other entertainment industry professionals will partner with spiritual guides and leadership coaches, to begin a new kind of Hollywood venture – one that will form both onscreen and offscreen character.

After abortionist’s conviction, clinic whistleblower to receive award

Jan 21, 2011 - 01:35 am .- A pro-life group’s first whistleblower award will go to a former clinic worker in Massachusetts who provided evidence that an abortionist’s negligence played a role in the death of a woman injured in an abortion.

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