Archive of December 18, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of December 18, 2008

Rick Warren selection for opening prayer causes a stir

Dec 18, 2008 - 10:38 pm .- Pro-life Evangelical Pastor Rick Warren will give the invocation at the President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration, it was reported on Wednesday. Negative reactions from homosexual activists prompted the president-elect to defend his selection.

Social justice groups meet with Obama team, Catholic bishops express doubt

Dec 18, 2008 - 07:46 pm .- President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team held an hour and 15 minute meeting on Tuesday with just over a dozen social justice groups that presented what they see as the concerns of Catholics. In response, some Catholic bishops and commentators have told CNA that they don’t believe these groups’ concerns resonate with those of the Church.

Bishop of El Paso presides at funeral of unborn child

Dec 18, 2008 - 05:35 pm .- The body of an aborted or stillborn boy about 17 to 18 weeks old was buried in El Paso on Tuesday, with Bishop of El Paso Armando X. Ochoa presiding at the service.

Hundreds attend celebration honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe

Dec 18, 2008 - 05:01 pm .- Seven hundred members of the Diocese of Phoenix, Arizona participated in a procession earlier this month to honor the patroness of their diocese, Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Ambassadors should help adjust the world to God’s order, Pope says

Dec 18, 2008 - 12:24 pm .- Ten new ambassadors to the Vatican from all parts of the world were received by Pope Benedict in an audience on Thursday. Speaking to the group in French, the Pope explained that their role is to help the world obtain true justice by helping it become "adjusted to God's plan and His order."

Wherever youth seek answers, the Church must be there, Holy Father teaches

Dec 18, 2008 - 12:12 pm .- For the celebration of Vatican Television’s 25th anniversary, the Holy Father met with the station’s staff, contributors and advisors.  After thanking them for their service to the Church, Pope Benedict emphasized that new ways must be found to spread the Word of God to the youth in places where they look for answers and meaning for their lives.

Seminary of Archdiocese of Boston doubles enrollment

Dec 18, 2008 - 06:04 am .- Eighty-seven seminarians are now enrolled at the Archdiocese of Boston’s St. John’s Seminary, more than doubling the number of seminarians who were studying there just two years ago.

Minnesota Catholic Conference announces ‘Immigration Sunday’

Dec 18, 2008 - 03:28 am .- The Minnesota Catholic Conference has announced that January 4 will be "Immigration Sunday" for Catholic parishes in the state as part of an effort to raise awareness about the hardships and injustices facing immigrants.