Archive of January 9, 2009

Archbishop calls for end to Gaza violence as bishops visit Holy Land

Jan 9, 2009 - 11:23 pm .- About to commence his trip to the Holy Land, Archbishop of Liverpool Patrick Kelly, Vice President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, has issued a statement on the Gaza crisis. Calling for an end to the violence, he noted the struggles of the small Christian community in Gaza and the “unique vocation” of the Church in the Holy Land.

Socialists in Canary Islands want funds allotted for the Church to go to Masons

Jan 9, 2009 - 09:09 pm .- The newspaper “El Dia” of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in Canarian Islands revealed this Thursday that Socialists there, led by Florentino Guzman Plascencia, want funds set aside for the Church’s social work to be diverted to the Masons.

Church in Bolivia not a part of the opposition to new Constitution

Jan 9, 2009 - 07:14 pm .- The secretary general of the Bishops’ Conference of Bolivia, Bishop Jesus Juarez of El Alto said Wednesday that the day of prayer convened this week in Sucre which brought together opposition leaders was not organized or planned by the Catholic Church, as some media reports stated. This makes the attacks on Church officials by the Socialism Movement unjustified, he added.

Alleged multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme targeted Catholics

Jan 9, 2009 - 05:44 pm .- An 82-year-old New York man has been charged with running a long-term Ponzi scheme targeted at Catholics, allegedly processing more than $16 million through a false mortgage company.

New CNA column examines bias behind mainstream media coverage

Jan 9, 2009 - 02:16 pm .- Today CNA is unveiling a new column which analyzes the media’s coverage of Catholic issues to uncover what is really hidden between the lines.

Atheism ads on buses spread from London to Spain

Jan 9, 2009 - 01:46 pm .- A campaign promoting atheism through ads on public buses in London has spread to the Spanish cities of Barcelona and Madrid, igniting a controversy among the inhabitants of both cities.

Venezuelan bishops: Government puts too much emphasis on maintaining power

Jan 9, 2009 - 12:06 pm .- During the opening of the 91st ordinary assembly of the Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela, conference president Archbishop Ubaldo Santana, said the government is neglecting its role in solving the problems of Venezuelans and is excessively fixated on maintaining power.

Mexico prepares to host global gathering of families

Jan 9, 2009 - 11:33 am .- Mexicans are gearing up to host a meeting of families from around the world. With just five days until the first events begin, Cardinal Ennio Antonelli, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, provided an overview of the Sixth World Meeting of Families at the Vatican today.

Madoff fallout drains funding of abortion advocacy groups

Jan 9, 2009 - 06:09 am .- Fallout from the exposure of investment manager Bernard Madoff’s massive $50 billion Ponzi scheme threw many individuals and charities into financial distress. The fraud has also deprived funding from several pro-abortion rights groups and projects.

‘Terri’s Day’ to mark disabled woman’s court-ordered death

Jan 9, 2009 - 04:49 am .- Organizers are preparing to mark “Terri’s Day,” the fourth anniversary of Terri Schiavo’s death, to commemorate the severely disabled woman who died from dehydration after a court order forced the removal of her feeding tube.

Judge attacked by homosexual lobby garners massive support in Spain

Jan 9, 2009 - 02:07 am .- Various pro-life and pro-family organizations in Spain have banded together to form a support group for Judge Ferrin Calamita, who sits on the bench in Murcia and was sued for alleged discrimination against a lesbian who wanted to adopt the underage daughter of her partner.

Bishops warn conflict in Gaza could spread to Lebanon

Jan 9, 2009 - 01:01 am .- The Vatican daily the L’Osservatore Romano, has reported that the “Lebanese Maronite Catholic Church warned that the war in the Gaza Strip could spread to Lebanon as well.”

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