Archive of November 12, 2009

Priests must be living extensions of Christ in a flawed world, bishop’s new book says

Nov 12, 2009 - 11:04 pm .- Bishop of Green Bay David Ricken has published a book for priests to help them build their bond with Christ and strengthen their priestly identity. In a fallen but redeemed world, he writes, priests must never lose sight of their role as “living extensions of Jesus Christ.”

Bishop D’Arcy says successor’s appointment ‘not too far away’

Nov 12, 2009 - 09:39 pm .- Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend John M. D’Arcy, announcing his approval of plans to relocate a diocesan high school, has noted that the appointment of his successor “cannot be too far away.”

LA Times attributes pro-Obama Catholics’ statement to the USCCB

Nov 12, 2009 - 08:17 pm .- In a November 8 article titled “House votes for ban on abortion subsidies,” the Los Angeles Times quoted a statement from the pro-Obama group Catholics United attributing it to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Father Lombardi presents new CD featuring voice of Pope Benedict

Nov 12, 2009 - 08:04 pm .- This week, the director of the Holy See’s Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, presented a new CD which contains modern sacred music and features the voice of Pope Benedict XVI.

Adult Stem Cells Saved My Life campaign set to launch

Nov 12, 2009 - 08:03 pm .- The Family Research Council, (FRC) has announced the beginning of its campaign to spread awareness about how successful adult stem cells are in treating a variety of diseases. The most recent count places the number of conditions successfully treated at close to 80.

Spanish bishop encourages women who have aborted to receive Sacrament of Reconciliation

Nov 12, 2009 - 07:52 pm .- The secretary general of the Spanish bishops' conference, Auxiliary Bishop Juan Antonio Martinez Camino of Madrid, encouraged women who have aborted to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Benedict XVI surfs the web and uses email

Nov 12, 2009 - 04:51 pm .- The president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, shared this week that the Holy Father has an appreciation for new developments in technology and is comfortable surfing the internet and using email.

Italian mayors respond to Strasbourg ruling by hanging more crucifixes in schools

Nov 12, 2009 - 01:49 pm .- A number of Italian officials have responded to the ruling by the European Human Rights Court that ordered schools in Italy to remove crucifixes from the classrooms by taking unprecedented measures to preserve the Christian symbol.

South Carolina Catholic becomes 'Jeopardy! Teen Tournament' semi-finalist

Nov 12, 2009 - 01:33 pm .- Will Dantzler, a senior at Bishop England High School in Charleston, S.C. has scored big on the “Jeopardy! Teen Tournament” so far, and he isn’t finished yet. The weekly altar server will compete in the semi-finals tonight at 7:30 p.m. EST.

Irish missionary priest freed after month of captivity

Nov 12, 2009 - 12:56 pm .- After being held hostage for just over a month, Irish missionary priest Fr. Michael Sinnott was freed on Nov 12. Despite a serious preexisting heart condition, Fr. Sinnott was reported to be in good health.

Pope commemorates anniversary of Rome's LUMSA University, encourages pursuit of truth

Nov 12, 2009 - 11:13 am .- In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the foundation of Rome’s LUMSA university (Libera Universita Maria Santissma Assunta,) the Holy Father received 7,000 members of the institution today.  Acknowledging the university's well-defined Catholic identity, he called them on to a further “dialogue between faith and reason, in an ideal attempt to integrate knowledge and values.”

Religious exemptions in D.C. same-sex ‘marriage’ bill are too narrow, archdiocese says

Nov 12, 2009 - 06:41 am .- The Archdiocese of Washington has criticized a D.C. City Council committee for narrowing the religious freedom exemptions in a bill that would recognize same-sex “marriage.” The archdiocese says the bill leaves religious organizations and individuals at risk of lawsuits for adhering to their beliefs and could endanger Catholic social services.

Pontifical Council for Culture lecture series to engage North America, starting in Steubenville

Nov 12, 2009 - 04:27 am .- The Pontifical Council for Culture will begin its “intentional engagement” of North America with a December conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Officials from the Pontifical Council will discuss the history of the council’s work and also the Church’s engagement with science after Darwin and Galileo.

Diocese of St. Augustine archive hosts oldest American documents

Nov 12, 2009 - 03:07 am .- The oldest extant European documents written in U.S. continental territory are now hosted at the Archives of the Diocese of St. Augustine. They collect the diocese’s parish registers and bishops’ papers alongside microfilm documenting explorations, corsair attacks, slavery and reports on Indian customs and languages.

Right to life is not merely a Catholic issue, says nuncio in Mexico

Nov 12, 2009 - 01:49 am .- During his remarks at the opening of the 88th Plenary Assembly of the Mexican Bishops’ Conference, the country's Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Christoph Pierre noted that the “right to life is an issue that pertains not only to Catholics, but to all.”

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