Archive of January 20, 2009

Italian atheist bus campaign fails to materialize

Jan 20, 2009 - 10:28 pm .- An Italian atheist group’s attempt to copy a British atheist bus advertisement campaign has stalled because of poor fundraising and the decision of the transportation’s advertising company to reject their ads on the grounds that they may be offensive.

Cardinal calls for end to ‘burdensome stigma’ surrounding leprosy

Jan 20, 2009 - 09:28 pm .- Marking the 56th World Leprosy Day on Sunday, Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragán on Sunday delivered a speech praising efforts to care for leprosy victims and calling for an end to the “burdensome stigma” sometimes attached to their condition.

Passage of FOCA would translate into hatred for the unborn, Bishop Vasa writes

Jan 20, 2009 - 07:35 pm .- Robert Vasa, Bishop of Baker, Oregon has published a vehement essay charging that those who profess to love God, but back abortion, are “liars” who lack love for the unborn child.

Hollywood sect seeks expansion in Colombia

Jan 20, 2009 - 06:50 pm .- The Church of Scientology, which has as a number of Hollywood stars as its spokespersons and members, is seeking to expand in the Colombian cities of Bogota, Cali and Medellin.

Indiana Catholics remember Roe v. Wade, look to defeat FOCA

Jan 20, 2009 - 05:43 pm .- Catholics in South Bend, Indiana marked the tragedy of the legalization of abortion at an evening Mass and vigil at St. Matthew Cathedral on January 18. During his homily, Father Tom Foley asked the assembly to pray for President Obama and described the devastating effects that the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) could have on the U.S.

Terrorist group attacks Apostolic Nunciature in Venezuela

Jan 20, 2009 - 03:08 pm .- The terrorist group known as “La Piedrita” launched six tear gas canisters inside the Apostolic Nunciature in Venezuela, taking advantage of the lack of security that the Venezuelan government is obligated to provide.  The latest attacks were the sixth time the Nunciature has been the target of such attacks.

Bolivian president claims to be Catholic but worships the ‘Pachamama’

Jan 20, 2009 - 12:23 pm .- After attending a Mass in which he received Communion, Bolivian President Evo Morales said he was Catholic but that he still worships Mother Earth (“Pachamama” in the Quechua language). He also added that he was “disappointed” that some Christian groups are questioning parts of the new Constitution that will be subjected to a referendum on January 25.

Pope Benedict to visit town hall in Rome

Jan 20, 2009 - 10:55 am .- The Holy Father has accepted an invitation from the mayor and local council of Rome to visit their town hall in March.

Pope sends greetings to President Barack Obama

Jan 20, 2009 - 10:31 am .- This morning Pope Benedict sent a telegram welcoming Barack Obama as the new President of the United States and assuring him of his prayers.

Knights of Columbus launch ‘Coats for Kids’ program

Jan 20, 2009 - 07:04 am .- On Monday the Knights of Columbus began to distribute thousands of coats to needy children through its “Coats for Kids” program.

New pro-life ad depicting Obama as unborn child to run during Inauguration

Jan 20, 2009 - 05:24 am .- A new pro-life ad that depicts an unborn child who grows up to become President-elect Barack Obama will air repeatedly in Chicago during Black Entertainment Television’s coverage of the president-elect’s inauguration.

Rebels set fire to crowded church in Congo

Jan 20, 2009 - 02:56 am .- The Ugandan army has accused rebels of setting fire to a crowded Catholic church in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, with some churchgoers being killed.

English bishops announce evangelization training initiative

Jan 20, 2009 - 01:34 am .- Bishop of Nottingham Malcolm McMahon, the prelate responsible for missions in England and Wales, recently urged parishes to make evangelization training a priority for 2009 and announced a new initiative toward that end.

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