Archive of January 7, 2010 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of January 7, 2010

Malaysian court suspends decision allowing Catholic paper to use 'Allah'

Jan 7, 2010 - 11:56 pm .- On Wednesday, the Malaysian High Court suspended a ruling that would have allowed a Catholic newspaper to use the word “Allah” in a non-Muslim context. The decision came after an appeal was made by prosecutors trying to overturn the ruling.

Youth pray before WYD cross for victims of terrorism in Madrid

Jan 7, 2010 - 10:01 pm .- A large group of young people gathered before the World Youth Day Cross and icon of the Virgin Mary in Madrid this week at El Pozo train station to pray for victims of terrorism, specifically the 67 people who died there during the March 11, 2004 bombings.

New Jersey Senate defeats gay ‘marriage’ bill

Jan 7, 2010 - 06:12 pm .- A last minute attempt to push a gay “marriage” bill through the New Jersey Senate was defeated today by a vote of 20-14, ending the attempt to pass the measure before Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine leaves office.

Memorial Mass planned for Fr. Neuhaus in St. Patrick's Cathedral

Jan 7, 2010 - 03:19 pm .- Tomorrow, January 8, will mark the one year anniversary of the death of Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, the famous intellectual, Catholic convert and editor-in-chief of First Things. To observe the occasion, admirers and friends of the late priest will gather in New York City for a memorial Mass on Friday evening.

Homosexual 'marriage' jeopardizes development of society, archbishop warns

Jan 7, 2010 - 02:56 pm .- Archbishop Victor Sanchez Espinoza of Puebla joined with Cardinal Norberto Rivera of Mexico City in calling for the protection of the family in response to the approval of both homosexual “marriage” and adoption in the Mexican capital. 

Injured French cardinal to be released from hospital

Jan 7, 2010 - 02:50 pm .- Cardinal Roger Etchegaray will soon be released from the hospital after being admitted on Christmas Eve for a broken leg.  The prelate was injured in a fall caused by Vatican security as they attempted to impede a disturbed woman from approaching Pope Benedict XVI as he processed in to St. Peter's Basilica to celebrate Mass.

Chilean bishop suspends priest accused of pedophilia

Jan 7, 2010 - 01:18 pm .- Bishop Enrique Troncoso of Melipilla in Chile has suspended Father Ricardo Munoz Quinteros from priestly ministry after he was accused of sexual abuse and detained by police. “In the Church there is no room for those who sexually abuse minors,” the bishop said.

Italian Police meet with Pope Benedict

Jan 7, 2010 - 11:56 am .- The Holy Father met with members of the Carabinieri, the Italian national police force, on Thursday morning in the Clementine Room of the Apostolic Palace, where he thanked the corps for its service. 

Holy See hoping for greater religious freedom in Turkey

Jan 7, 2010 - 11:31 am .- Pope Benedict XVI accepted the credentials of a new ambassador from Turkey to the Holy See on Thursday morning.  The Pontiff took advantage of the occasion to make a plea to the Turkish government to give Catholics expanded rights in the country, which, according to a parish priest in Istanbul, can be quite limited. 

2009 study confirms abortion-breast cancer link

Jan 7, 2010 - 07:40 am .- An April 2009 study co-authored by a researcher who has previously denied an abortion-breast cancer link shows a statistically significant increase in breast cancer risk among women who have had abortions or who use oral contraceptives.

Pro-life leaders criticize 'abortion super center' in Texas

Jan 7, 2010 - 06:38 am .- A national group of pro-life leaders is planning a protest in Houston, Texas on Jan. 18, following Planned Parenthood's announcement that it plans to renovate a six story building into a late-term abortion facility.

Bishop Vasa explains use of excommunication and communion denial

Jan 7, 2010 - 04:17 am .- A bishop’s power of excommunication in grave cases is like that of a doctor who cuts off a diabetic patient from sugar, Bishop of Bend, Oregon Robert Vasa has said. Explaining the practice, he noted that excommunication is an act of charity intended to instruct a wayward Catholic about the gravity of his or her situation.

Vietnamese police attack Catholic parishioners in effort to destroy cemetery crucifix

Jan 7, 2010 - 02:09 am .- The Archdiocese of Hanoi has condemned an early Wednesday morning attack on Catholics by city police involved in the destruction of a crucifix in a parish cemetery. Pictures of the bloody clash show several people injured.

U.S. Bishops begin push for 'humane and comprehensive' solution to immigration issues

Jan 7, 2010 - 12:25 am .- In a telephone press conference on Wednesday, Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City called for “a humane and comprehensive solution to the problems which beset our immigration system” and expressed a desire for Congress “to address the issue.”