Archive of January 30, 2009

Court ruling leaves debate on Education for the Citizenry up in the air

Jan 30, 2009 - 11:30 pm .- An ambiguous ruling by the Spanish Supreme Court on the right of parents to exercise conscientious objection to the controversial school course Education for the Citizenry has amplified instead of closing the controversy that has pitted parents against the Socialist government.

Catholic Michael Steele takes over leadership of RNC

Jan 30, 2009 - 07:29 pm .- The Republican National Committee has chosen Michael Steele, a devout Catholic who is well-known for his charisma and strong work ethic, as its new chairman.

Bishop Williamson apologizes for ‘imprudent’ Holocaust remarks

Jan 30, 2009 - 06:10 pm .- A bishop whose excommunication was recently lifted by the Pope has written a letter to a leading cardinal expressing his regret for the “unnecessary distress and problems” he had caused by making “imprudent” remarks allegedly denying the Holocaust.

Rebellion in Madagascar spreads from the capital

Jan 30, 2009 - 04:53 pm .- Salesian missionaries in Madagascar have announced through the Salesian Info Agency that the violent rebellion against the government has spread from the capital of Antananarivo to surrounding provinces, causing death and destruction.

Italian youth launch day of prayer for life and peace in the world

Jan 30, 2009 - 03:24 pm .- On Saturday, January 31, the group “Youth For Life,” whose mission is to defend life from conception to natural death, will launch an International Day of Intercession for Peace in the World at chapels of perpetual adoration and Eucharistic devotion.

Vatican begins visits to strengthen women religious in U.S.

Jan 30, 2009 - 01:25 pm .- The Vatican announced today that it is initiating the first-ever visitation of women’s religious communities in the United States. The visitations are being undertaken to help strengthen religious communities in the U.S., which are suffering from a sharp drop in vocations and gentrification of their ranks.

CNA to add commentary on current events and politics

Jan 30, 2009 - 11:54 am .- CNA is excited to introduce a new current events and political column written by Deacon Patrick Moynihan, a permanent deacon for the Diocese of Rockford, Illinois who spent ten years directing a mission school in Haiti. The column, scheduled to be updated every Friday, is titled "Both Oars In."

Pope calls for Christian unity amidst challenges facing the world today

Jan 30, 2009 - 11:51 am .- Meeting with members of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches today at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI expressed the importance of a united Christian witness in the world today.

Pope praying for Church in Africa, inspiration of pastors in February

Jan 30, 2009 - 11:01 am .- Pope Benedict XVI’s prayer intentions for the month of February were published this morning and include that pastors be more open to the Holy Spirit and for the Church in Africa.

Mormons to build gigantic temple in front of Marian shrine in Honduras

Jan 30, 2009 - 10:59 am .- The decision by the Mormon Church to build an enormous temple in front of the most popular Marian shrine in Honduras, Our Lady of Suyapa, has unleashed a wave of criticism and protest, according to Honduran media.

Florida governor vetoes crisis pregnancy center funding cut

Jan 30, 2009 - 06:00 am .- Governor of Florida Charlie Crist has vetoed a half-million dollar cut in funding to crisis pregnancy centers in the state.

Obama policy reversal causes outcry from female Latin American leaders

Jan 30, 2009 - 04:32 am .- Several Latin American leaders have criticized President Barack Obama’s Jan. 23 reversal of the Mexico City Policy, arguing its funding of organizations which promote or perform abortions both disrespects the right to life and threatens countries whose laws protect unborn human life.

Priest analyzes spiritual themes of Presidential Inaugural

Jan 30, 2009 - 01:23 am .- Fr. Robert Imbelli SJ, a professor at Boston College, has written a reflection on the spiritual themes invoked in the Inaugural Address of President Barack Obama. While noting that the president’s words call for a “renewed covenant” and a “spiritual maturation,” Fr. Imbelli prayed that children “conceived but not born” would be included in this covenant between Americans.

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