Archive of February 9, 2011

Aging Argentinean population will hurt economy, pro-life leader warns

Feb 9, 2011 - 07:58 pm .- The president of a pro-life organization in Argentina is warning that current policies promoting birth control will prevent the country from maintaining a 2.1 annual replacement index.

Illness is an opportunity to appreciate life, says Mexican bishop

Feb 9, 2011 - 06:03 pm .- Archbishop Jose Luis Chavez Botello of Antequera-Oaxaca, Mexico recently recalled that illness is an opportunity to appreciate life and to unite the family in difficult times.

Vatican denies clampdown on liturgical reform

Feb 9, 2011 - 04:55 pm .- The Vatican has denied an Italian newspaper analyst's claim that one of its departments will be dedicating itself to a stricter interpretation of the Second Vatican Council's liturgical changes.

Church offers mediation between gangs and government in Colombia

Feb 9, 2011 - 04:00 pm .- Bishop Julio Cesar Vidal Ortiz of Monteria, Colombia says he is confident the Catholic Church can help bring about the eventual surrender of the criminal organization, Bandas Criminales.

Amid criticism, President Obama moves to fill vacant religious ambassador post

Feb 9, 2011 - 02:28 pm .- In the wake of criticism from religious leaders and political experts, President Obama has moved to appoint a religious freedom ambassador, a post he has allowed to remain vacant for the more than two years he has held office.

St. Peter Canisius a model for how to spread the Gospel, Pope says

Feb 9, 2011 - 02:25 pm .- To spread the Gospel, a believer needs a personal relationship with Jesus, an upright moral life, and a good prayer life, Pope Benedict XVI said Feb. 9.

New Confession app is no substitution for the sacrament, Vatican says

Feb 9, 2011 - 12:12 pm .- The sacrament of Confession “cannot be substituted by any computer application,” the Vatican said Feb. 9. The remarks by papal spokesman Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, came amid a flurry of misleading international media reports on a new application developed for Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod.

Indonesian Muslim mob attacks priest, burns three churches

Feb 9, 2011 - 05:51 am .- An estimated 1,500 Indonesian Muslims destroyed three churches before attacking an orphanage and hospital in Central Java on Feb. 8. The mob was protesting a court's decision not to sentence a Christian man to death for defaming Islam.

Vatican liturgy committee welcomes new US members

Feb 9, 2011 - 02:50 am .- Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix and Bishop Arthur Serratelli of Paterson, New Jersey met in Rome February 2-3 with the other new members and staff of the Vox Clara Committee which advises the Vatican about English-language liturgical books.

New College of St. Mary Magdalen president pledges renewal, service to Church

Feb 9, 2011 - 12:21 am .- Music scholar Dr. George Harne has been appointed the new president of New Hampshire’s College of Saint Mary Magdalen. “Our best years are ahead of us,” he declared.

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