Archive of January 6, 2010 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of January 6, 2010

Cardinal Vlk warns of ‘Islamization’ of Europe, calls for return to Christianity

Jan 6, 2010 - 11:04 pm .- The outgoing Archbishop of Prague Cardinal Miloslav Vlk has warned of the “Islamization” of Europe, calling for Europeans to return to their Christian roots. “The fall of Europe is looming,” he said in an interview published on his website.

YouTube broadcasts of Prop. 8 hearings could lead to more intimidation

Jan 6, 2010 - 09:05 pm .- A judge’s January 6 decision to allow the broadcast of court hearings on California’s Proposition 8 could lead to further harassment and intimidation of Prop. 8 supporters by radical homosexual activists, critics say.

‘Avatar’ sports both stunning graphics and environmentalist Gnosticism

Jan 6, 2010 - 06:56 pm .- CNA’s review of James Cameron’s new film “Avatar” highlights the stunning visuals as well as the disturbing and blatant New Age agenda the movie embodies. It shows the film to be a 21st century version of “big, bad American soldiers vs. simple, innocent natives” in a simplistic manner comparable to a Warner Brother’s cartoon.

Pope greets 'little missionaries' after the Angelus

Jan 6, 2010 - 05:23 pm .- After the Angelus on Wednesday, Pope Benedict XVI greeted young representatives the world over in commemoration of the Missionary Day of the Children.  Celebrated within the parishes of Italy and in cooperating parishes around the globe, the purpose of the Day is to urge children to become protagonists in international mission work.

Thousands of college students flock to Florida FOCUS conference

Jan 6, 2010 - 05:06 pm .- More than 3,500 students attended the Fellowship of Catholic University Student's (FOCUS) biannual conference last week in Orlando, Florida. The success of the event caused the group's president, Curtis Martin, to describe it as “packed with memorable moments.”

Church in Ireland facing one of its 'most challenging' moments, says cardinal

Jan 6, 2010 - 03:00 pm .- During the funeral Mass for Cardinal Cahal Brendan Daly, who died on December 31 at the age of 92, the Archbishop of Armagh in Ireland, Cardinal Sean Brady, remarked that the Church the country is currently facing one of the “most critical and most challenging” moments of its history.

Coal sent to Spanish president on feast of Epiphany

Jan 6, 2010 - 12:58 pm .- On the eve of Epiphany, Right to Life in Spain opted to send a float from a parade overflowing with coal instead of a gift to Spanish President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero because of the pro-abortion policy his government has been implementing in Spain.

Magi 'models of true wisdom,' says Pope at Angelus

Jan 6, 2010 - 11:16 am .- Following the Epiphany Mass in the Vatican basilica, Pope Benedict XVI recited the Marian Angelus prayer with the public in St. Peter's Square.  In his traditional message, the Pontiff exalted the unity between intelligence and faith, which was manifested in the actions and openness of the Magi.

True faith in Christ requires real humility, Benedict XVI teaches

Jan 6, 2010 - 11:13 am .- Pope Benedict XVI celebrated the Mass of the Epiphany this morning at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, accompanied by hundreds of clergy and thousands of the faithful.  In his homily, the Holy Father called for authentic humility to “start walking the road” indicated by "the star" of the Lord.

Iowa Catholic Conference urges legal limits on payday loan interest

Jan 6, 2010 - 06:53 am .- The Iowa Catholic Conference has urged the state legislature to limit the interest rate on payday loans to 36 percent, saying the change should be a priority during the upcoming legislative session.

South Carolina priest knocked out of million dollar poker contest

Jan 6, 2010 - 04:02 am .- After winning $100,000, South Carolina priest Fr. Andrew Trapp lost a $1 million poker contest to a New York City detective who helped survivors during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The 28-year-old priest was trying to win the million dollar prize for his parish’s building fund.

Catholics cannot support abortion, Spanish bishops reiterate

Jan 6, 2010 - 12:43 am .- The press director for the Spanish Bishops’ Conference, Isidro Catela Marcos, has written a letter on behalf of the bishops reiterating that Catholic politicians cannot support abortion. The letter comes in response to pro-choice statements made by a Catholic who is head of Spain's Congress, Jose Bono.

Delegates to Holy Land Coordination to meet in Jerusalem

Jan 6, 2010 - 12:11 am .- The Holy Land Coordination, an annual event intended to advance work and solidarity with the local Christian community, will meet in Jerusalem again this January. Catholic prelates and bishops’ conference delegates will make pastoral visits and meet with Palestinian and Israeli leaders while learning about the present situation of the Holy Land.