Archive of December 8, 2009

Mexican Cardinal asks that human rights be made into reality

Dec 8, 2009 - 11:04 pm .- Noting that laws are not enough, the Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, has asked the faithful to create a culture where human rights are respected as a reality.

Archbishop Bernard Longley installed on Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Dec 8, 2009 - 08:43 pm .- Preaching today at his installation as the ninth Archbishop of Birmingham, England, Most Rev. Bernard Longley reflected on his new position and today's Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

CLM founder encourages members to build the future with hope

Dec 8, 2009 - 08:06 pm .- The founder of the Christian Life Movement, Luis Fernando Figari, encouraged the nearly 250 participants of the movement’s 3rd Plenary Assembly to build up the present and future in a spirit of hope, and to “welcome God in your lives and the assistance of Holy Mary on the path towards holiness.”

Fr. Emil Kapaun is focus of new Wichita Eagle article series and DVD

Dec 8, 2009 - 07:30 pm .- Wichita priest and U.S. Army chaplain Fr. Emil Kapaun heroically saved wounded sounders from the battlefield of the Korean War and ministered to his fellow prisoners in a prison camp. His life, death and possible beatification are the focus of an eight article series and a DVD being produced by the Wichita Eagle.

Senate kills pro-life Nelson amendment preventing federal funding of abortion

Dec 8, 2009 - 06:48 pm .- The U.S. Senate voted this afternoon to table the Nelson-Hatch-Casey Amendment that would have prohibited the federal funding of abortions in the government's reformed health care system.

Benedict XVI holds up Mary as solution to negativity of urban life

Dec 8, 2009 - 02:42 pm .- The Holy Father made the trip across Rome this afternoon to complete the traditional act of papal veneration at the monument of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. In his message from the Piazza di Spagna, he contrasted the loving example of Mary with the persistent drum beat of evil found in the news media.

Vatican moves up Pope's midnight Mass to save his energy

Dec 8, 2009 - 02:22 pm .- The traditional midnight Christmas Mass at St. Peter's Basilica will be held two hours earlier this year.  For many the news aroused fears about the Pope's health, but, according to the Vatican spokesman, it's only an effort to save Pope Benedict's energy for a busy Christmas schedule.

Pope Benedict calls on Catholics to entrust themselves to Mary

Dec 8, 2009 - 12:39 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI presided over a rare mid-week Angelus from the Apostolic Palace window on this cool, overcast day in Rome, the occasion being the feast day of the Immaculate Conception.  The Pontiff called Mary the "new Eve" and urged all Catholics to entrust themselves to her protection.

Man-woman marriage a ‘fact of human nature,’ New Jersey Catholic Conference testifies

Dec 8, 2009 - 07:32 am .- As the New Jersey legislature considers whether to recognize same-sex “marriage” before a sympathetic governor leaves office, the New Jersey Catholic Conference has testified that the “great truth” about marriage as a union of husband and wife is not a religious doctrine but “a fact of human nature.”

Archbishop Miller invites Winter Olympians to Mass and hospitality centers

Dec 8, 2009 - 04:55 am .- Voicing a spirit of “radical hospitality,” Archbishop of Vancouver J. Michael Miller has sent a letter to Winter Olympic athletes informing them of the archdiocese’s two hospitality centers and inviting them to Ash Wednesday and Sunday Masses during the athletic event.

Italian Catholic Church preparing for Christmas with meeting on faith in God

Dec 8, 2009 - 02:41 am .- The Catholic Church in Italy is preparing for Christmas with a meeting of ecclesiastical, scientific and cultural leaders to discuss “the question of God.”

Papal preacher says priests should avoid 'frenetic activism'

Dec 8, 2009 - 01:02 am .- In his first Advent reflection for Pope Benedict XVI  and members of the Roman Curia, Father Raniero Cantalamessa, Preacher of the Pontifical Household, warned that a threat exists today that, “because of the low number of priests, affects the clergy and the entire Church: it’s called frenetic activism.”

Bishop of Limerick considers resigning over sexual abuse case

Dec 8, 2009 - 12:29 am .- Irish bishop Donal Murray of Limerick is traveling to Rome with a delegation of Irish bishops to meet with Pope Benedict XVI and members of the Curia regarding the “painful situation of the Church in Ireland,” the BBC reports. Following a letter to parishioners in his diocese, it is believed that Bishop Murray will offer the Pope his resignation.

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