Archive of January 4, 2010 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of January 4, 2010

CNA updates YouTube channel

Jan 4, 2010 - 11:03 pm .- Catholic News Agency’s channel, CNA TV, has been redesigned for 2010 to allow users the ability to easily search and view the hundreds of videos available on the channel.

New Milwaukee archbishop calls on Catholics to 'sacrifice for the truth'

Jan 4, 2010 - 09:33 pm .- Archbishop Jerome Listecki was installed on January 4 as the 11th  Archbishop of Milwaukee at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, filling the seat left vacant by Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who was appointed to New York. In his first homily, the new archbishop called on his flock to “sacrifice for the truth.”

Health care legislation needs ‘essential changes,’ bishops say

Jan 4, 2010 - 08:41 pm .- The U.S. Catholic bishops have said that the proposed health care bill is “deficient” and needs “essential changes” because it lacks longstanding federal restrictions on abortion funding, hinders immigrants’ access to health care, and falls short of total coverage.

Medjugorje bishop says Cardinal Schönborn’s visit brings greater suffering to his diocese

Jan 4, 2010 - 06:58 pm .- Most Rev. Ratko Perić, the Bishop of Mostar-Duvno in Bosnia-Herzegovina, released a statement in which he criticizes Vienna, Austria’s Cardinal Christoph Schönborn for making a highly publicized “personal visit” to the region where Mary is said to have been appearing since 1981.

Sebelius: Senate health care plan will pay for abortions

Jan 4, 2010 - 06:53 pm .- In a little-publicized interview given with the Feminist blog, “,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius praised the language in the Senate version of the health care bill because it upholds publicly-funded abortion coverage.

Pope Benedict XVI expresses grief for death of Japanese cardinal

Jan 4, 2010 - 06:31 pm .- Cardinal Peter Seiichi Shirayanagi, Archbishop Emeritus of Tokyo, died at the age of 81 on December 30. The Japanese cardinal was remembered by the Pope for his “unfailing commitment to the spread of the Gospel in Japan.”

Pope helps inaugurate Holy Year of St. James in Spain

Jan 4, 2010 - 03:41 pm .- In his greeting to Spanish-speakers after yesterday’s Angelus, Pope Benedict XVI recalled the recent opening of the Holy Year of St. James at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The Pontiff urged the faithful to remain open to being “illuminated by Christ” as throngs of pilgrims have sought to do on The Way of St. James pilgrimage for centuries.

Montana Supreme Court issues weak decision on physician-assisted suicide

Jan 4, 2010 - 02:56 pm .- In its final decision of 2009, the Supreme Court of Montana denied victory to pro-euthanasia group “Compassion & Choices” on its quest for a right to “aid in dying” based on the Montana State Constitution.

Northern Ireland cardinal remembered as 'champion of peace and justice'

Jan 4, 2010 - 02:08 pm .- Cardinal Cahal Brendan Daly, Archbishop Emeritus of Armagh, Ireland died on December 31 at 92 years-old. In recent days he has been remembered by Pope Benedict XVI and many leaders within Ireland as a man of great faith and a tireless desire for peace.

Pro-abortion congresswoman: Senate abortion language OK

Jan 4, 2010 - 12:59 pm .- Catholic Congresswoman, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) hinted last week that she will support the abortion language of the health care Senate bill once it goes back to the House.

Pope sees reasons for hope in 2010

Jan 4, 2010 - 12:28 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI delivered a stirring message from the window of his apartment in the Vatican Palace above a packed St. Peter’s Square on Sunday. Before reciting the Angelus, he welcomed the New Year with an invitation to hope and a reminder that the faithful have a responsibility to collaborate with God.

CNA launches new version of mobile service

Jan 4, 2010 - 12:11 pm .- Cell phone and mobile device users who have benefited from CNA’s mobile services during the past year can now access an updated and complete version of CNA’s website by connecting to

U.S. Postal Service recognizes Mother Teresa

Jan 4, 2010 - 12:02 pm .- Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta will appear on a U.S. postal stamp in 2010, the postal service announced last week. “With this stamp,” notes the press release, “the U.S. Postal Service recognizes Mother Teresa, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her humanitarian work.”

Pope Benedict sends personal secretary to disturbed woman

Jan 4, 2010 - 11:14 am .- The Director of the Vatican Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, confirmed in a press communiqué on Sunday that over the holidays Benedict XVI sent his personal secretary, Monsignor Georg Gaenswein, to the woman who caused him to fall on Christmas Eve.

Thomas Aquinas College receives $2 million grant

Jan 4, 2010 - 11:11 am .- The Dan Murphy Foundation of Los Angeles has approved a grant of $2 million to Thomas Aquinas College in honor of the school’s late president, Dr. Thomas E. Dillon, who was killed in an automobile accident last April.