Archive of May 16, 2012

Witnesses warn of retribution against Chen Guangcheng’s family, friends

May 16, 2012 - 07:00 pm .- A hearing before a U.S. House subcommittee on human rights discussed the current status of blind pro-life activist Chen Guangcheng, as well as his family, friends and the women he sought to protect from China’s brutal one-child policy.

Diocese rejects transfer of Spanish bishop over gay remarks

May 16, 2012 - 04:04 pm .- A Spanish diocese has rejected a request by the city government to have Bishop Juan Antonio Reig Pla transferred due to a controversial Good Friday sermon that critics have labeled as “homophobic.”

Pope outlines power of the Holy Spirit in prayer

May 16, 2012 - 03:58 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI says Christians should avail themselves to the Holy Spirit in prayer – particularly when they cannot find the words or inspiration to pray.

US Bishops' attorneys call mandate 'accommodation' inadequate

May 16, 2012 - 03:06 pm .- Arguing that a promised “accommodation” to the Obama administration’s contraception mandate fails to address religious freedom concerns, attorneys for the U.S. bishops suggest a possible lawsuit if the mandate is not rescinded.

At installation, Baltimore archbishop affirms faith's role in national life

May 16, 2012 - 01:20 pm .- At his May 16 installation in the “Premier See” of the U.S. Church, new Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori urged believers to proclaim their faith to the nation while standing up for the Church's freedom.

Church condemns Colombian terrorist attack that killed five

May 16, 2012 - 12:04 pm .- The bishops of Colombia condemned the terrorist attack that took place in the capital city Bogota on May 14 that left five people dead and nineteen wounded.

Vatican splits negotiations with Pius X Society

May 16, 2012 - 10:25 am .- The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has announced it will hold separate talks with the superior general of the breakaway traditionalist Society of St. Pius X and each of its three other bishops to try and acheive reconciliation.

Scott Hahn appointed to endowed chair in theology, evangelization

May 16, 2012 - 08:36 am .- The Franciscan University of Steubenville has appointed author and professor Dr. Scott Hahn to an endowed chair named for the priest who pioneered the school's Catholic revival.

FOCUS considers expanding mission to Europe

May 16, 2012 - 04:02 am .- FOCUS campus ministry is considering taking their successful brand of youth apostolate to Europe in order to meet the challenge of evangelizing formerly Christian societies.

First video game about Jesus launches on Facebook

May 16, 2012 - 02:28 am .- On the heels of its widely-popular “The Journey of Moses” Facebook game, Lightside Games is venturing into historic territory by creating the first-ever video game based on the life of Jesus.

Franciscan University drops health insurance over HHS mandate

May 16, 2012 - 12:01 am .- Rather than compromise its Catholic values by complying with the federal contraception mandate, Franciscan University has decided to drop its student health insurance.

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