Archive of January 30, 2014

Disney Channel same-sex couple episode yields protest

Jan 30, 2014 - 07:40 pm .- The Disney Channel's recent decision to air its first TV show episode with a same-sex couple has drawn complaints from a group of parents concerned that it introduced “controversial topics that children are far too young to comprehend.”

Pope calls Notre Dame to 'unambiguous' Catholic witness

Jan 30, 2014 - 05:30 pm .- Pope Francis encouraged Notre Dame University to continue honoring its Catholic identity in the future, through a strong commitment to education and witness to Church moral teaching.

Bishops urge end to confiscation of land in Palestine

Jan 30, 2014 - 05:17 pm .- The U.S. bishops' international justice and peace representative has called on the state department to pressure the Israeli government to cease its efforts to confiscate Palestinian land in the West Bank.

Dozens killed in attacks on Nigeria's Christian villages

Jan 30, 2014 - 04:07 pm .- At least 99 people were reportedly left dead after attacks on two Christian villages in northeast Nigeria this week, suspected to have been carried out by Islamic extremist militants.

Holy See press office launches new Twitter account

Jan 30, 2014 - 03:12 pm .- The Holy See press office has launched a new Twitter account, aiming to make the world more aware of the activities of the Church and of Pope Francis.

Law professor appointed as advisor to Vatican City State

Jan 30, 2014 - 11:33 am .- On Saturday, Jan. 25, Pope Francis appointed Vincenzo Buonomo, who has worked with the Holy See for over 30 years and is a dean at the Pontifical Lateran University, as an advisor to Vatican City.

A Christian without the Church is an 'absurd dichotomy,' says Pope

Jan 30, 2014 - 08:38 am .- In his daily Mass, Pope Francis reflected on the intrinsic relationship between the Church and the People of God, emphasizing that we need to be humble and obedient to her teachings in order to be faithful.

Vatican: Rolling Stone article a display of 'superficial journalism'

Jan 30, 2014 - 05:07 am .- Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi has strongly criticized the tone of “crudeness” directed to Benedict XVI in a recent article published in the “Rolling Stone” magazine on Pope Francis.

Irish Vatican embassy reopening may mean new diplomacy

Jan 30, 2014 - 04:03 am .- Ireland's decision to re-open its embassy at the Vatican may be part of a changing climate of diplomacy at the Holy See observed by a professor of international relations.

Denver archbishop to say Mass for Broncos’ Super Bowl team

Jan 30, 2014 - 02:04 am .- Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver will say Mass for the Denver Broncos in New Jersey the night before the Feb. 2 championship game of the National Football League.

Catholic leaders lament food aid cuts in US farm bill

Jan 30, 2014 - 12:05 am .- The U.S. bishops and other Catholic leaders in social services gave a mixed reaction to the advance of a farm bill in Congress, noting several areas of concern including funding cuts for food stamp programs.

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