Archive of November 26, 2009

Massachusetts priest and sister honored for service to black Catholics

Nov 26, 2009 - 11:19 pm .- A priest and a religious sister of Massachusetts have been honored for their service to the black Catholic community.

Laity must bear witness to Christ, says Cardinal Bertone

Nov 26, 2009 - 08:40 pm .- During a Mass this week in Assisi celebrating the 10th anniversary of the reopening of the Basilica of St. Francis, Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, reminded the Catholic laity that they must bear “concrete witness that Christ the King, the liberator and savior of every man and all mankind.”

Proclaim Christ and promote reconciliation, Pope Benedict urges Vietnamese Catholics

Nov 26, 2009 - 08:11 pm .- The Holy Father has sent a message to Vietnamese Catholics who recently opened their Jubilee Year marking the 350th anniversary of Catholic vicariates in the country.  In the text, made public today, the Pope encouraged evangelization and the promotion of reconciliation.

Sioux Falls cathedral renovation project points to the divine

Nov 26, 2009 - 06:59 pm .- The Cathedral of St. Joseph in Sioux Falls, S.D is undergoing a three-year makeover  to restore the it to the original vision of the architect, to create an endowment for its future maintenance and to bring the 90-year old electrical system up to code.

African dioceses assist Angolan refugees, appeal for help

Nov 26, 2009 - 02:46 pm .- In what is being called a “blatant act of revenge,” over 40,000 Angolan citizens have been expelled from the Democratic Republic of Congo and the neighboring Republic of Congo throughout the last few weeks, and have been aided by local Catholic dioceses.  

Association in favor of crucifixes in schools to march on St. Peter's square

Nov 26, 2009 - 02:05 pm .- This Sunday, an Association called "Piccola Chiesa" a Movement for Family Love, is planning a march on St. Peter's square in Rome in protest of the recent European legislation barring the crucifix from being displayed in Italian public schools.  The event is being organized as a way to reaffirm the crucifix as "a sign of faith and universal fraternity and a symbol of Italian, and European, art and culture."

International Theological Commission to discuss ‘theological methodology’ at plenary session

Nov 26, 2009 - 02:04 pm .- The International Theological Commission is scheduled to celebrate the first plenary session of its new five-year term Nov. 30 – Dec. 4.  During the session, the commission will decide which questions will be discussed over the new term.

EU commission strikes down British religious freedom exemptions from anti-discrimination law

Nov 26, 2009 - 01:06 pm .- The European Union has compelled the British government to remove religious freedom exemptions from an anti-discrimination bill. The move will forbid church bodies from declining to employ homosexual staff.

Downtown Chicago Nativity Scene to be dedicated Saturday

Nov 26, 2009 - 10:58 am .- The Chicago Nativity Scene will be dedicated in Daly Plaza in downtown on Saturday, Nov. 28 at 11 a.m., organizers have announced. The tradition was born in controversy in the 1980s when the city ordered its display permit revoked and the display itself to be destroyed.

Author encourages Alaska Catholics to boldly share the faith

Nov 26, 2009 - 07:34 am .- While many Catholics might find the idea of evangelization intimidating and a bit scary, it doesn’t have to be, says Catholic author and apologist Mark Shea. “We have this great magnet called the Blessed Sacrament that draws people (to the church),” he told a crowd at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Anchorage earlier this month.

Reported hate crimes against U.S. Catholics up by nearly 25 percent

Nov 26, 2009 - 04:13 am .- New FBI statistics on hate crimes show a nine percent increase in crimes against religious groups in 2008 and an almost 25 percent increase in reported hate crimes against Catholics.

CNN chooses young Filipino Catholic as 'Hero of the Year'

Nov 26, 2009 - 12:02 am .- CNN has chosen a young Filipino Catholic as the winner of the their annual prize, “Hero of the Year.”  Efren Penaflorida, 28, is the head of an organization which seeks to prevent impoverished children from involvement with crime through education.

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