Archive of January 12, 2009

Maltese political candidate excommunicates self over Pope's speech

Jan 12, 2009 - 11:53 pm .- A Maltese professor and political candidate, citing his outrage at Pope Benedict XVI’s reported comments on the environment and homosexuality, has excommunicated himself from the Church.

Bolivian bishops call on politicians to end ‘mudslinging’

Jan 12, 2009 - 09:07 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of Bolivia has called on social and political leaders to end name calling and insults because they are only creating more division between Bolivians as the referendum on the new Constitution, set for January 25, draws near.  

Walk for Life West Coast expects 25,000 participants

Jan 12, 2009 - 08:27 pm .- The Fifth Annual Walk for Life West Coast pro-life event is expected to draw more than 25,000 people to protest the legalization of abortion in a march along San Francisco’s waterfront on Saturday, January 24.

Guadalupe Basilica prepares to welcome 70,000 for World Meeting of Families

Jan 12, 2009 - 07:06 pm .- The "Atrium of the Americas" of the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City is being prepared to welcome the 70,000 people who will participate in the two main events of the Sixth World Meeting of Families, which will take place in the Mexican capital January 14-18.

Obama picks gay bishop to launch inauguration festivities

Jan 12, 2009 - 06:44 pm .- President-elect Barack Obama’s Inauguration has already seen consternation amongst homosexuals over Obama’s selection of Rick Warren to deliver the invocation. However, today it was made public that openly gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire will offer a prayer on Sunday to open the inauguration events.

Seminarian to relate vocational experiences in new CNA column

Jan 12, 2009 - 05:08 pm .- CNA is opening 2009 with a new column titled, “Led Into the Truth,” written by fourth-year seminarian, Joshua Allen.  His column will discuss his life as a seminarian in Rome and his journey toward truth and holiness.

More than 1,600 families in Madrid have requested adoption during last two months

Jan 12, 2009 - 03:23 pm .- The organization Pro-Life Manifesto (Manifiesto por la Vida) in Spain reported this week that during the last two months, more than 1,600 families have requested to adopt a child from any place in the world.

E-Cristians launches campaigns to place ads on public buses in Barcelona

Jan 12, 2009 - 01:55 pm .- In response to the bus ad campaign launched by atheists in the Spanish region of Andalusia, the organization E-Cristians has decided to place its own ads on buses in Barcelona promoting the Christian message.

Pope celebrates 40th anniversary of Neocatechumenal Way

Jan 12, 2009 - 11:55 am .- During an emotional encounter Saturday at St. Peter’s Basilica with 25,000 members of the Neocatechumenal Way, including its founders Kiko Arguello, Carmen Hernandez and Father Mario Pezzi, Pope Benedict XVI invited them to continue their intense work of evangelization in the world, in communion with the bishops of the world.

Holy Father names St. Louis priest as bishop of Knoxville, Tennessee

Jan 12, 2009 - 11:04 am .- This morning, the Vatican announced that Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Msgr. Richard F. Stika of the Archdiocese of St. Louis as bishop of the Diocese of Knoxville, Tennessee.  Msgr. Stika will be ordained to the episcopacy on March 19 of this year.

First papal nuncio to U.S. passes away

Jan 12, 2009 - 10:35 am .- On Sunday, Cardinal Pio Laghi, who served as the first papal nuncio to the United States, passed away at the age of 86. Both Pope Benedict XVI and President Bush have offered their condolences.

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