Archive of December 15, 2011

Hopes for 2012 papal visit to Ireland rekindled

Dec 15, 2011 - 07:08 pm .- The Irish government signaled on Wednesday that it would accept a visit next June by Pope Benedict for the Dublin International Eucharistic Congress, giving encouragement to organizers who had feared hopes of a papal visit had all but gone.

Pope ends individual speeches to new Vatican ambassadors

Dec 15, 2011 - 03:53 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI will no longer give a speech to new foreign ambassadors to the Holy See as has been his custom up until now, but he will continue to meet them personally when they are appointed.

Pope’s preacher sees job as simply delivering the Gospel

Dec 15, 2011 - 02:50 pm .- Although he is the only person in the world to have the job of preaching to the Pope, Father Raniero Cantalamessa sees his work as simply delivering the message of the Gospel.

Cardinal says Pope's visit to Cuba will be a special grace

Dec 15, 2011 - 02:04 pm .- Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino of Havana voiced anticipation over Pope Benedict XVI’s planned visit to Cuba in March of 2012.

Philadelphia archdiocese initiative to examine parishes’ futures

Dec 15, 2011 - 08:54 am .- The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced the beginning of an archdiocese-wide initiative for parishes to define their identity, mission and goals and to determine if they have the resources to sustain themselves.

Archbishop Carlson sees signs of encouragement for US vocations

Dec 15, 2011 - 06:10 am .- Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, the head of the U.S. bishops’ committee on vocations, believes Catholics should be encouraged by great signs of hope for the future of the priesthood in America.

Obama urged to address religious liberty with Iraqi prime minister

Dec 15, 2011 - 03:04 am .- Several dozen members of Congress sent letters to President Barack Obama urging him to raise the issue of religious freedom in Iraq during his Dec. 12 meeting with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Senate blocks El Salvador ambassador over gay advocacy

Dec 15, 2011 - 01:08 am .- The U.S. Senate blocked President Obama’s appointment of Mari Carmen Aponte as ambassador to El Salvador, citing Aponte’s push for homosexual values in the country.

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