Archive of January 21, 2009

Bill would allow U.K. royalty to marry Catholics without forfeiting crown

Jan 21, 2009 - 10:51 pm .- A plan proposed by an MP would change two long-standing British laws by allowing daughters to be placed in line for the throne and by permitting members of the Royal Family to marry Catholics without sacrificing the right to royal succession.

Young boy with fatal condition survives against the odds

Jan 21, 2009 - 08:34 pm .- A three-year-old boy with thanatophoric dwarfism who was not expected to live long after birth has come a long way. Ignoring the typical medical advice to either abort her child or not provide life-sustaining treatment after his birth, his mother gave birth to the boy she describes as a charmer with an engaging smile.

Website of Congregation for the Clergy celebrates 10 years

Jan 21, 2009 - 06:59 pm .- The website of the Congregation for the Clergy,, is celebrating its 10th anniversary since its inception in December of 1998.  In addition to serving the Catholic clergy, it also provides more than 12,000 documents on the Bible, magisterial teachings, the fathers of the Church, homilies and photos. 

Church should use the internet to proclaim the Gospel, clergy say

Jan 21, 2009 - 06:14 pm .- At the conclusion of the meeting in Rome entitled “The Church in Network 2.0,” promoted by the National Office for Social Communications and by the Information Services of the Bishops’ Conference of Italy, participants agreed that the Church should take greater advantage of the Internet in order to proclaim the Gospel.

Church in Spain demands right to choose religion teachers

Jan 21, 2009 - 03:17 pm .- The Supreme Court in Spain has stripped the Diocese of Canarias of the right to determine the qualifications of teachers hired to teach the Catholic faith.

Archbishop Marchetto highlights contribution of foreign students in U.S.

Jan 21, 2009 - 01:43 pm .- The secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants, Archbishop Agostino Marchetto, is currently visiting various Catholic universities in the United States, and is using the opportunity to highlight the contribution and treasures of foreign students in the U.S.

Procession to graves of the unborn to mark Roe v. Wade

Jan 21, 2009 - 01:24 pm .- Thursday, as people around the country gather to make known the tragedy of abortion, Catholics in Boulder, Colorado are organizing a Mass and procession through a cemetery where 6,000 aborted babies are buried.

Holy Father honors the late Cardinal Stephanos II Ghattas

Jan 21, 2009 - 11:45 am .- Today the Holy Father sent a telegram to the Patriarch of the Coptic Catholic Church in Egypt, His Beatitude Antonios Naguib, to express his condolences upon the death of Cardinal Stephanos II Ghattas, patriarch emeritus.  The prelate died yesterday in Cairo, Egypt at the age of 89.

Christian unity requires ‘authentic interior renewal,’ Pope exhorts

Jan 21, 2009 - 11:34 am .- At today's general audience, Pope Benedict highlighted the current celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, and emphasized the need for Christians to undergo “authentic interior renewal.” This renewal, he said, will allow Christians to give a united witness to an increasingly divided world.   

Italian politician reveals his mission in the EU: prevent discrimination of Christians

Jan 21, 2009 - 10:31 am .- In an interview with the L’Osservatore Romano, Italian politician Mario Mauro said he sees the prevention of discrimination against Christians as an important aspect of his new role in the European Union.

Catholic college students to participate in March for Life en masse

Jan 21, 2009 - 06:32 am .- Thousands of Catholic college students and faculty will participate in the National March for Life in Washington, DC this Thursday.

Jurist predicts ‘terrible conflict’ will endanger U.S. Catholics’ religious freedom

Jan 21, 2009 - 03:19 am .- Former Supreme Court nominee Judge Robert Bork has predicted that upcoming legal battles will have significant ramifications for religious freedom. He names as issues of major concern the continued freedom of Catholic hospitals to refuse to perform abortions and the likely “terrible conflict” resulting from the advancement of homosexual rights.

Evangelicals in Spain support Socialist plan to dissolve Catholicism

Jan 21, 2009 - 01:50 am .- The executive secretary of the Federation of the Evangelical Entities of Spain, Mariano Blazquez Burgo, has asked the Socialist government to pass a law on the “neutrality” and “laicity” of the State, in order to establish a common equality among all the churches that exist in the country.

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