Archive of February 19, 2009

Argentinean cardinal calls for solid priestly formation to evangelize culture

Feb 19, 2009 - 10:43 pm .- The Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, stressed the need this week to provide seminarians with a solid formation that will allow them to be pastors in contact with reality and evangelizers of the culture.

Firefighters forced to participate in ‘gay pride’ parade win lawsuit

Feb 19, 2009 - 09:45 pm .- A California jury found on Tuesday that four firefighters, who were ordered by their superiors to participate in the city’s “gay pride” parade were sexually harassed, and awarded them monetary damages from the city.

Archbishop Chaput responds to Pelosi-Pope meeting

Feb 19, 2009 - 07:31 pm .- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver is in complete agreement with the message that Pope Benedict XVI delivered to Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday. The archbishop also went so far as to say that since she disagrees with the Church on the "black and white issue" of abortion, she should not present herself for Communion.

Spain saw 100,000 marriages end in first nine months of 2008

Feb 19, 2009 - 05:22 pm .- The Institute for Family Policy in Spain warned that the 100,000 marriages that ended during the first nine months of 2008 revealed that the breakdown of the family continues to be the main problem in Spanish homes and that leaders have not made up their minds to do anything to resolve it.

Hindu fundamentalists threaten Catholic schools

Feb 19, 2009 - 03:22 pm .- Catholics in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh have expressed their grave concern over threats made against Christian schools by the Hindu fundamentalist group Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarti Parishad (Abvp).

Gordon Brown meets with Benedict XVI, talks about economic crisis

Feb 19, 2009 - 02:57 pm .- British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was received by Pope Benedict this morning for a meeting in which the two discussed the world financial crisis, the importance of remembering the poor and the conflicts in the Middle East.

Kidnapped Catholic sisters freed in Kenya

Feb 19, 2009 - 01:16 pm .- Two Italian Catholic sisters who were kidnapped nearly four months ago in northern Kenya were released by their captors today, the Foreign Ministry of Italy said.

Church in Taiwan launches evangelization mission with support of laity

Feb 19, 2009 - 12:42 pm .- As the 150th anniversary of the evangelization of the country is marked, the Church in Taiwan is encouraging the laity to be a “bridge Church” with the Chinese mainland, reach 15,000 baptisms in 2009 and bring back to the faith those who have fallen away.

Pope and Curia prepare for annual Lenten spiritual exercises

Feb 19, 2009 - 11:24 am .- The Pope and Roman Curia are set to begin their annual spiritual exercises on March 1, the first Sunday of Lent.  This year, the retreat will be preached by Cardinal Francis Arinze and will focus on the theme, “The priest meets Jesus and follows Him.”

Pope encourages Great Continental Mission in Latin America

Feb 19, 2009 - 11:12 am .- "Enthusiastically embrace" the Continental Mission that the Church in South America has embarked on, Pope Benedict XVI urged a group of 150 members of the Pontifical Latin American College that he received in audience today.

Sixty-five percent of Americans say religion is important in their daily life

Feb 19, 2009 - 06:53 am .- A January 2009 Gallup poll on religiosity finds that the United States is generally a religious nation, though states of New England are the least religious and those in the South are the most religious.

Bishop Martino voices ‘absolute disapproval’ for university inviting gay activist

Feb 19, 2009 - 04:06 am .- Bishop Joseph F. Martino has issued a statement informing Catholics of his diocese that he has “absolute disapproval” of Misericordia University’s hosting of Keith Boykin, described as an activist for positions “disturbingly opposed” to Catholic moral teaching.

N. Dakota becomes fifth state with proposed personhood from conception law

Feb 19, 2009 - 01:34 am .- By a margin of 51 to 41, the North Dakota House on Tuesday voted to approve a measure that establishes legal rights for humans from the moment of conception in an effort that may challenge Roe v. Wade.

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