Archive of January 13, 2009

Planned Parenthood cuts staff after Madoff scandal causes funding loss

Jan 13, 2009 - 10:10 pm .- Suffering declines in funding caused by the economic crisis and the Madoff scandal, Planned Parenthood Federation of America is laying off around 20 percent of its staff.

President Bush declares Religious Freedom Day

Jan 13, 2009 - 09:03 pm .- With less than a week remaining in his presidential term, President Bush has proclaimed January 16 as Religious Freedom Day, a day to celebrate the United States’ “legacy of religious liberty.”

Holy See calls for cease-fire and renewed negotiations

Jan 13, 2009 - 07:53 pm .- In an address made public Monday afternoon, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the permanent observer of the Holy See to the U.N. in Geneva, called upon Israel and Hamas to put an end to hostilities and resume negotiations.

ACLU targets U.S. bishops over aid to victims of trafficking

Jan 13, 2009 - 06:46 pm .- The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the federal government claiming that a contract it granted to the U.S. Catholic bishops to help victims of human trafficking allows the bishops to force their beliefs on those they serve.

Colombian president asks for Vatican intervention to free hostages

Jan 13, 2009 - 05:30 pm .- The president of Colombia, Alvaro Uribe, unexpectedly put forth a proposal Monday asking Pope Benedict XVI name a delegate to negotiate the release of six hostages being held by the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC), although the Colombian Ambassador to the Holy See said the mediation could fall to the Colombian bishops.

Plenary indulgences available to participants in World Meeting of Families

Jan 13, 2009 - 04:57 pm .- The Vatican has announced that Pope Benedict will grant a Plenary Indulgence to the faithful who “participate devotedly” in the Sixth World Meeting of Families scheduled to be held in Mexico City on January 14 – 18.

Cardinal George praises Fr. Neuhaus' ecumenical work

Jan 13, 2009 - 03:38 pm .- The president of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, has issued a tribute to the late Fr. Richard John Neuhaus praising him for his life-long efforts at ecumenism.

Archbishop Lefebvre signed every one of Vatican II’s documents

Jan 13, 2009 - 01:54 pm .- Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, who died in 1991 and was excommunicated for ordaining four bishops in 1988 without the Pope’s permission, did indeed sign every document of Vatican II—the same documents he would later harshly criticize, according to a recent article in the Italian magazine Panorama.

Prof. Kmiec accuses ‘right wing’ Catholic bloggers of character assassination

Jan 13, 2009 - 11:53 am .- In his first lengthy article explaining his position after the election of President Barack Obama, Professor Douglas Kmiec is accusing “right wing Catholic bloggers" of distorting his position, attacking him personally, and potentially poisoning the relationship between the Holy See and the future administration of President Barack Obama.

Holy Father recalls life of Cardinal Pio Laghi, first U.S. papal nuncio

Jan 13, 2009 - 11:33 am .- Concluding today's funeral Mass for Cardinal Pio Laghi, the first papal nuncio to the United States, Pope Benedict XVI recalled the career of the prelate who died on Sunday, January 11 at the age of 86 after battling a long illness.

Italian atheists announce bus ad campaign for Genoa

Jan 13, 2009 - 10:52 am .- Italian atheists, following the lead of atheists in the UK and Spain, announced Monday they will launch an ad campaign February 4 on two public buses in the city of Genoa, with the sponsorship of the Union of Rationalist Atheists and Agnostics of Italy.

Pro-life summit discusses pro-life future in U.S.

Jan 13, 2009 - 07:03 am .- The sold out Pro-Life Summit to End Abortion was held in Ann Arbor, Michigan over the weekend to discuss the future of the pro-life cause in the wake of the recent elections.

Catholic author of ‘Dear Grace’ films new TV segments

Jan 13, 2009 - 05:14 am .- Grace MacKinnon, author of the Dear Grace Catholic advice column, is returning to the public eye with new video segments to be shown on EWTN.

Several Catholic colleges especially effective in fostering vocations

Jan 13, 2009 - 03:32 am .- During this National Vocation Awareness Week, the Cardinal Newman Society reports that several Catholic colleges have had “notable success” in fostering vocations among their students.

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