Archive of November 30, 2009

Italian Bishops turn to 'commercials' to secure funding for 38,000 diocesan priests

Nov 30, 2009 - 09:58 pm .- The Catholic Conference of Italian Bishops will broadcast a series of spots on national television meant to raise awareness for the economic needs of Italy's 38,000 diocesan priests. The commercials, due to be released in the days leading up to the feast of the Immaculate Conception, emphasize the continual efforts of the conference to collect funds for the clergy.

Christian witness 'more credible' in union, writes Pope in letter to Eastern Patriarch

Nov 30, 2009 - 09:55 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI reached out to Bartholomew I and the Eastern Church Monday in his annual letter to the Patriarch celebrating the Feast of St. Andrew. The message encouraged continued ecumenical talks towards unification of the churches of the East and West and "openness to the Holy Spirit" to guide them in the process.  

N.J. bishops encourage faithful to stand up for marriage

Nov 30, 2009 - 07:31 pm .- The New Jersey bishops asked pastors to read a statement to their parishioners last weekend which explained the Catholic Church's teaching on marriage and encouraged the faithful to pray that New Jersey will not pass a same-sex “marriage” measure.  Same-sex “marriage” advocates are working to put the bill before the current governor who has promised to sign it before he leaves office in January.

St. Louis Archbishop responds to gay rights protest outside cathedral

Nov 30, 2009 - 06:17 pm .- In a statement Monday, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis responded to a demonstration held outside the city's cathedral by a gay rights group protesting the use of archdiocesan funds to defend traditional marriage in Maine. Catholics have an obligation to “carry out Christ's teachings, whether in the privacy of our own home or in the public square,” stated the prelate on the Archdiocese of St. Louis website.

Archbishop of Melbourne celebrates Bushfire Recovery Mass

Nov 30, 2009 - 03:24 pm .- On Sunday, November 29, Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart gathered to celebrate Mass with members of the communities affected by the devastating “Black Saturday” bushfires last February.

Twilight's 'New Moon' demonstrates human longing for true love, says Catholic author and youth speaker

Nov 30, 2009 - 02:18 pm .- Teenage girls (and their mothers) had been joining the growing wave of Twilight fans or fanatics, even before the movie “New Moon” hit theaters on November 20. Chris Padgett, a Catholic  author and youth speaker explained to CNA that the epidemic isn't due to the attractive actors or innovative storyline, but rather it is the longing for heroic love that is drawing them in.

Church, convent bombed in Iraq

Nov 30, 2009 - 02:01 pm .- On Thursday Nov. 26, St. Ephrem's Chaldean Church and the nearby presbytery in the Northern City of Mosul were destroyed when attackers walked in and detonated high explosives. Both buildings were empty at the time and no one was injured.

Knights announce $1 million food drive for U.S., Canadian families

Nov 30, 2009 - 01:07 pm .- On Wednesday the Knights of Columbus announced its commitment of $1 million to food banks across the U.S and Canada to support families in need.

Vatican daily reminds Obama that U.S. is increasingly pro-life

Nov 30, 2009 - 11:46 am .- L’Osservatore Romano (LOR) published an article last week reminding U.S. President Barack Obama that the number of Americans who oppose abortion continues to be on the rise. This was recently demonstrated by the nearly 200,000 signatures to the "Manhattan Declaration," a document drafted by various Christian leaders in defense of life, marriage, the family and religious freedom.

Benedict XVI and Peruvian president discuss poverty, protection of environment

Nov 30, 2009 - 10:15 am .- On Monday morning, the Holy Father met with President of Peru, Alan Garcia Perez at the Vatican. The two heads of state discussed Peru's commitment to the eradication of poverty as well as the protection of the environment.

Catholics launch blog to share faith experiences in Cuba

Nov 30, 2009 - 08:02 am .- The Cuban bishops’ conference has announced the launch of a new blog which provides a place for Catholics to “enrich their experience of God” through the internet.

Anti-Christian attacks in Iraq part of brutal strategy, says archbishop

Nov 30, 2009 - 03:52 am .- Archbishop Basile Georges Casmoussa of Mosul said last week that last Thursdya’s anti-Christian attacks in Iraq which destroyed a church and damaged a convent “show that there is a strategy to erase our cultural heritage and more than 2000 years of history” on the part of Muslim extremists. 

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