Archive of January 31, 2011

Vatican’s US lawyer: Milwaukee sex abuse lawsuit didn’t follow proper channels

Jan 31, 2011 - 10:50 pm .- An attorney attempting to sue the Vatican in a sex abuse case failed to follow proper diplomatic channels in his try to serve the lawsuit, the Holy See’s U.S. lawyer says. He charged that the attorney is “grandstanding.”

Beneath turmoil in the Middle East, signs of new movement for Muslim renewal

Jan 31, 2011 - 09:05 pm .- Recent political turmoil in the Islamic strongholds of Egypt and Tunisia, along with continuing attacks on Christians throughout the Middle East, risk overshadowing a quiet reform movement taking place among moderate Muslim religious leaders and scholars.

New poll finds majority of Brazilian congressmen oppose abortion

Jan 31, 2011 - 06:11 pm .- A new poll of Brazilian lawmakers shows that the majority of the nation's congressional leaders taking office on Feb. 1 this week are directly against the legalization of abortion.

French council says no to gay 'marriage'

Jan 31, 2011 - 03:02 pm .- The French Constitutional Council has ruled that prohibiting same-sex "marriage” in the country does not violate the Constitution.

Lodging in Rome snapped up for John Paul II's beatification

Jan 31, 2011 - 02:04 pm .- Rome is already bracing for the impact of the many pilgrims who will converge on St. Peter's for the May 1 beatification of Pope John Paul II.

Firefighters forced to participate in gay pride parade win legal battle

Jan 31, 2011 - 01:12 pm .- Members of the San Diego Fire Department have won a sexual harassment lawsuit against the city for being forced to participate in a local gay pride parade in 2007.

'You are a sign of hope,' Pope tells Ethiopian seminarians

Jan 31, 2011 - 11:57 am .- Pope Benedict met with seminarians from Ethiopia on Jan. 31, encouraging them to continue in their path toward “sanctity.”

Orange County bishop says Vietnamese Catholic Church will outlive its struggles

Jan 31, 2011 - 09:29 am .- The Catholic Church in Vietnam battles heavy government restrictions on its freedom to be involved in charitable works, health care and education, but it will survive as it always has, says a bishop who leads Vietnamese Catholics in California.

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