Archive of January 26, 2009

Benedict XVI thanks Chaldean prelates for courage in the face of violence

Jan 26, 2009 - 11:34 pm .- On Saturday at the Vatican, the Holy Father met with prelates from the Chaldean Catholic Church, who had just concluded their "ad limina" visit. During their meeting with the Pope, the Chaldean bishops presented him with a cape used by Archbishop Faraj Rahho of Mosul and a stole belonging to Fr. Ragheed Aziz Ganni, both killed in Iraq over recent months.

Japanese corporations cut workday to boost birth rate

Jan 26, 2009 - 08:49 pm .- Japanese electronics giant Canon and other, seeking to boost Japan’s flagging birth rate, now allows employees to leave early twice a week to encourage them to have more children.

Kmiec considers himself a candidate for Vatican ambassadorship

Jan 26, 2009 - 07:23 pm .- Pepperdine University law professor Doug Kmiec, a pro-life advocate of President Barack Obama’s election, has stated that he thinks he will be considered as a choice for U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See.

Pelosi attempts to justify funding for contraception in economic stimulus package

Jan 26, 2009 - 07:16 pm .- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in a Sunday interview tried to justify the inclusion of hundreds of millions of dollars in funding for contraceptives in the $825 billion economic stimulus package by claiming family planning services “reduce cost.”

Pope prays for unity and reconciliation among Christians

Jan 26, 2009 - 07:07 pm .- On Saturday afternoon, at the Roman basilica of St. Paul's Outside-the-Walls, the Holy Father marked the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity by presiding over the second Vespers of the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. The Pope reminded his audience that is only by allowing ourselves to be conquered by the love of Christ that true unity can be achieved.

Monsignor William Smith, medical ethicist, dies at 69

Jan 26, 2009 - 05:53 pm .- Monsignor William Smith, a leading Catholic medical ethicist, died on Saturday at a hospital in Yonkers, New York. He was 69.

Archbishop Chaput to bless new homeless shelter for women

Jan 26, 2009 - 02:39 pm .- This evening, Archbishop of Denver Charles J. Chaput will bless the Gift of Mary Homeless Shelter, operated by Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity.

Holy Father meets with French ambassador, discusses economy and international peace

Jan 26, 2009 - 01:48 pm .- Today at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI received the Letters of Credence of Stanislas Lefebvre de Laboulaye, the new French ambassador to the Holy See. The Holy Father touched on several topics regarding France and the Vatican including bioethics, the economy and promoting peace.

Church in Bolivia laments attacks by President at conclusion of election campaign

Jan 26, 2009 - 01:28 pm .- The bishops of Bolivia recently issued a statement lamenting the animosity with which President Evo Morales has attacked the Catholic Church.  The statement comes in the closing days of Morales’ campaign to promote a “yes” vote on the reform of the country’s Constitution.

Cardinal Urosa launches ‘intensive evangelistic action and ministry’ in Caracas

Jan 26, 2009 - 01:07 pm .- On Saturday, the Archbishop of Caracas launched the Great Continental Mission in the Venezuelan capital, calling it “a golden opportunity to renew our ecclesial structure and community,” to revive the religious faith and practice “of our Catholic people, and to give new impetus to evangelization.”

Vatican daily explains link between lifting of excommunications and anniversary of Vatican II

Jan 26, 2009 - 11:01 am .- In an editorial this Sunday, the L’Osservatore Romano underscored that the decision by Pope Benedict XVI to life the excommunications of four bishops ordained by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre is a “gesture of mercy” that should encourage the members of the Society of St. Pius X to embrace the Second Vatican Council, which “half a century after its announcement is sill alive in the Church.”

The witness of martyrs ‘strengthens the faith of the Church,’ Pope explains to archdiocese

Jan 26, 2009 - 10:56 am .- Yesterday, the Holy Father sent a message to Archbishop Jaume Pujol Balcells of Tarragona, Spain for the conclusion of the archdiocese’s Jubilee year marking the 1750th anniversary of the martyrdom of St. Fructuosus, bishop and patron of the city, and of his deacons St. Augurius and St. Eulogius.

Official schedule for Pope’s trip to Cameroon, Angola released

Jan 26, 2009 - 09:45 am .- With less than two months before Pope Benedict XVI travels to Africa, the Vatican has published the itinerary for the March 17-23 visit.

Cardinal Poletto encourages Italian doctors to exercise conscientious objection in Englaro case

Jan 26, 2009 - 09:29 am .- The Archbishop of Turin, Cardinal Severino Poletto, encouraged Italian doctors to resort to conscientious objection if they are ordered to let Eluana Englaro—known as the Terri Schiavo of Italy—die of starvation.

Liam Neeson records the Way of the Cross to benefit Redemptorist missions

Jan 26, 2009 - 07:43 am .- Liam Neeson, known for his role as Oskar Schindler in Steven Spielberg’s film “Schindler’s List,” is the featured narrator on a new CD about the Stations of the Cross.  The CD features the 14 Stations and prayers taken from the writings of St. Alphonsus Liguori, the founder of the Redemptorists.

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