Archive of December 15, 2009

Cardinal Urosa calls attention to political prisoners in Venezuela

Dec 15, 2009 - 10:55 pm .- The Archbishop of Caracas, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, drew attention to the political prisoners in Venezuela who have been imprisoned for holding beliefs contrary to the government. The prelate remarked that political differences should not be a reason for division.

Catholic reporter fired over comment on same-sex 'marriage' campaign

Dec 15, 2009 - 09:56 pm .- A localized media frenzy has ensued after a Catholic reporter was let go from his 19-year position at a Maine newspaper for voicing his opinion against same-sex “marriage” and the campaign to legalize it in Maine.

Iraqi Christians fear more attacks after two church bombings in Mosul

Dec 15, 2009 - 09:07 pm .- As Iraqi Christians prepare for Christmas, bombs have caused explosions at two Christian churches on Tuesday. More attacks are feared.

D.C. same-sex 'marriage' bill fails to protect religious freedom, archdiocese states

Dec 15, 2009 - 07:40 pm .- The City Council of Washington D.C. voted today to legalize same-sex “marriage,” causing the Archdiocese of Washington to state that it failed to “balance the Council’s interest in redefining marriage with the need to protect religious freedom.”

Bishops remind Chileans that all must serve the country in unity

Dec 15, 2009 - 07:04 pm .- After casting his vote in Chile’s presidential elections, the president of the country’s bishops’ conference, Bishop Alejandro Goic, reminded Chileans they must work together to serve the common good of the country.

New papal decree clarifies role of deacons and result of defections on marriage

Dec 15, 2009 - 05:16 pm .- This morning the Vatican published a Motu Proprio from Pope Benedict called “Omnium in Mentem”  and dated October 26. According to J.D. Flynn, a canon lawyer for the Archdiocese of Denver, the new document clarifies the nature of a deacon's orders and the impact of defections from Catholicism on the validity of a marriage.

Cardinal encourages family unity and respect for life this Christmas

Dec 15, 2009 - 03:02 pm .- This week, Cardinal Nicolas Lopez Rodriguez of Santo Domingo called on families in the Dominican Republic to celebrate Christmas in a spirit of family unity and respect for human life.

Nature must not be valued above man, Pope warns

Dec 15, 2009 - 02:02 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI made his message for World Day for Peace public on Tuesday morning in preparation for its observation on January 1, 2010.  In his message, he calls for global solidarity in action to provide for the world's needs and to protect the environment. However, the Holy Father also stresses that we must be continually aware of the value of people over and above all other living things.

Legionaries congratulated by Pope at the Angelus

Dec 15, 2009 - 02:02 pm .- After the Angelus this past Sunday, Pope Benedict directed a special message in Spanish to the newly ordained priests of the Legionaries of Christ from the window of the papal residence.

Pope Benedict XVI and Italian bishops condemn attack on Berlusconi

Dec 15, 2009 - 11:50 am .- Pope Benedict XVI and the Bishops’ Conference of Italy have spoken out against the assault of the Prime Minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi, who was struck in the face Sunday following a rally in Milan. Italy's leader suffered two broken teeth, a minor nose fracture and cuts on his face following the attack.

Pope names new bishop for Kentucky diocese

Dec 15, 2009 - 11:08 am .- Fr. William F. Medley of St. Bernadette's Parish in the Archdiocese of Louisville was nominated on Tuesday by the Holy Father to be the new bishop of the Diocese of Owensboro in western Kentucky.  He will succeed Bishop John J. McRaith, who resigned in January of 2009.

Supreme Court takes on case about college student group's membership code

Dec 15, 2009 - 06:59 am .- In a case which could greatly affect organized Christian activity on college campuses, the United States Supreme Court has decided to consider whether it was constitutional for a public university to bar a Christian student group on the grounds the group’s rules against sex outside of marriage were discriminatory towards homosexuals.

West Virginia co-cathedral elevated to minor basilica

Dec 15, 2009 - 03:52 am .- A Nov. 9 decree from the Congregation for Divine Worship, recently received by Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston Michael J. Bransfield, has elevated the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Charleston, West Virginia to a minor basilica of the Catholic Church.

Cardinal Rigali to host Christmas Party for children helped by Catholic Social Services

Dec 15, 2009 - 01:47 am .- Cardinal Justin Rigali will host the 54th annual Cardinal’s Christmas Party for Children for about 400 children who received services from community or residential agencies of Catholic Social Services this year.

Abortion survivor talks about devastation and healing

Dec 15, 2009 - 12:13 am .- Melissa Ohden, whose mother tried to have her aborted when she was six months old, is now herself a mother of a healthy 19-month old. Ohden has subsequently made it her life mission to speak out against abortion, saying “it's my calling, this is who I am; I wouldn't change a thing.”

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