Archive of January 8, 2009

Malaysian government allows Catholic newspaper to print, with restrictions

Jan 8, 2009 - 10:49 pm .- The Malaysian government has announced it will allow a Catholic newspaper’s Malay edition to be published, but will not allow the paper to use the word “Allah” as a translation of “God.”

Raymond Arroyo remembers Fr. Richard John Neuhaus

Jan 8, 2009 - 08:01 pm .- On April 11, 2005, I entered St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome with my friend Father Richard John Neuhaus to pay our respects to the recently deceased Pope John Paul II.

Mexican bishop will continue warning against 'sins of the voting booth' despite threats

Jan 8, 2009 - 07:16 pm .- Bishop Florencio Olvera Ochoa of Cuernavaca in Mexico announced this week that despite the threats he has received, he will again publish his “Decalogue of electoral sins” for the 2009 election season, which will be decisive for the state of Morelos.

Leaders pay tribute to Fr. Richard Neuhaus

Jan 8, 2009 - 06:34 pm .- Tributes to Fr. Richard John Neuhaus are pouring in from around the country, mourning the loss of a mentor, advisor, friend and spiritual father.

Young people bring “Bread for my brother” to Ecuadorans most in need

Jan 8, 2009 - 05:50 pm .- For the last seven years, dozens of young Catholics in Ecuador have been volunteering to bring food and spiritual assistance to hundreds of people who live in extreme poverty on the streets of Guayaquil through a program called “Bread for my brother,” created by the Christian Life Movement.

Christians in Holy Land celebrate Epiphany amidst conflict

Jan 8, 2009 - 03:18 pm .- Amidst the suffering caused by the conflict in the Gaza Strip but with the hope of a peace accord soon being reached, Christians in Bethlehem celebrated the solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord at the Basilica of the Nativity.

Pope reviews conflicts around the globe, asserts need for fighting poverty

Jan 8, 2009 - 11:52 am .- Build peace by fighting moral and material poverty, the Pope said today as he gathered diplomats from the more than 175 States that the Vatican maintains relations with and offered his assessment of the different situations faced around the globe.

Editor of First Things, Fr. Richard John Neuhaus passes away

Jan 8, 2009 - 10:11 am .- Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, the famous convert to Catholicism and editor-in- chief of the journal First Things passed away this morning in New York at 9:30 a.m. EST.

NIH grants $2 million to study effectiveness of cell phone sex-ed soap operas

Jan 8, 2009 - 06:37 am .- A $2 million, four-year National Institutes of Health grant is funding a study on the effectiveness of cell phone soap operas which promote condom use.

Nancy Pelosi reiterates support for embryonic stem cell research

Jan 8, 2009 - 04:05 am .- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has described herself as an “ardent, practicing Catholic,” has again reiterated her support for funding embryonic stem cell research (ESCR).

Cuban cardinal describes advances, calls for more openness for Church’s work

Jan 8, 2009 - 02:35 am .- In a recent homily at the Cathedral of Havana, Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino underscored the advances the Church in Cuba has made in society but he called for greater openness for her work of evangelization, especially in the areas of education and the media.

Special ceremony to be held for new archbishop of Vancouver

Jan 8, 2009 - 01:50 am .- Pope Benedict XVI last Friday accepted the resignation of Archbishop of Vancouver Raymond Roussin, S.M. who has been succeeded by Coadjutor Archbishop J. Michael Miller, C.S.B. Although coadjutor bishops do not normally have any ceremony to mark their taking office, Archbishop Miller’s succession will be marked by a special Mass.

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