Archive of January 13, 2010 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of January 13, 2010

Peruvian cardinal urges parents to raise their children in the faith and in truth

Jan 13, 2010 - 11:04 pm .- During his homily for Mass on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani encouraged parents to raise their children in the faith and in truth, providing especially for their ethical and moral formation.

Patriarch calls for greater efforts at reconciliation in Holy Land

Jan 13, 2010 - 10:02 pm .- The Latin Rite Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Fouad Twal, said this week, “We are tired and we do not want any more bloodshed, hatred or violence. We want peace and reconciliation.” He made his comments as representatives of the American and European bishops' conferences were visiting the Holy Land.

Newly installed bishop entreats Catholics to 'never be ashamed' of the faith

Jan 13, 2010 - 08:16 pm .- Bishop Kevin Rhoades, who was installed on Wednesday as the ninth bishop of Ft. Wayne – South Bend in the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, urged the congregation to “never be ashamed” and to “always be proud” to profess the Catholic faith.

Catholic Church welcomes legitimate diversity, says Vatican official

Jan 13, 2010 - 07:32 pm .- The prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, Cardinal Claudio Hummes, explained that the Church welcomes all expressions of “legitimate diversity” in reference to ministries. He also called on priests to always fulfill their commitments and for those  in irregular situations to bring them to a resolution.

Pelosi’s archbishop slams her rationale for supporting abortion

Jan 13, 2010 - 05:46 pm .- Archbishop George Niederauer responded today to Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) recent comments that she has “some concerns about the Church's position respecting a woman's right to choose.” Justifying her decision to support abortion by citing her free will “is entirely incompatible with Catholic teaching,” the archbishop insisted.

Catholic Relief Services calls Haitian earthquake 'disaster of the century'

Jan 13, 2010 - 04:15 pm .- Catholic Relief Services Haiti country representative Karel Zelenka is calling the recent earthquake in Haiti a “disaster of the century” in a message to the organization's Baltimore headquarters on Jan 13.

Pope Benedict focuses on renewal of society at audience

Jan 13, 2010 - 03:22 pm .- In today's Wednesday audience, Pope Benedict XVI spoke on the mendicant orders of the Middle Ages and explained how they were able to bring about the renewal of the Church and society.

Vandalism at Fatima Shrine denounced by officials

Jan 13, 2010 - 03:01 pm .- The Church of the Most Holy Trinity at the Shrine of Fatima in Portugal was attacked last weekend by vandals who sprayed Islamic graffiti on several statues, including one of Venerable Pope John Paul II.

Pope's representative to Haiti gives first-hand account of destruction

Jan 13, 2010 - 01:21 pm .- Speaking with the Vatican's Fides news agency, the Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, described the devastation in the streets of the capital Port-au-Prince.  He reported on what he had observed of the situation of religious and government officials in the area and described widespread destruction.

Hundreds of students trapped under rubble in Haiti

Jan 13, 2010 - 11:39 am .- The Salesian Information Agency (SIA) is reporting that an 85-year-old Salesian member of the Order, Brother Hubert Sanon, was among the victims of Tuesday's earthquake in Haiti.  A Salesian priest who was with Br. Sanon when the earthquake hit is still missing.

Haitian archbishop killed by devastating earthquake

Jan 13, 2010 - 11:11 am .- The earthquake that struck Haiti just before 5 p.m. local time has claimed thousands of lives, according to news reports coming from the island.  Among the many lives lost in the catastrophe are those of Catholic clergy and missionaries.

Pope makes appeal for earthquake victims in Haiti

Jan 13, 2010 - 10:57 am .- During the general audience on Wednesday, Pope Benedict XVI made an appeal to the world on behalf of Haitians.  Referring to the 7.3 magnitude earthquake that had rocked the Caribbean country just hours earlier, the Pontiff called for prayer, solidarity and generosity to aid the victims of the catastrophe.

Holy Father meets privately with Christmas assailant

Jan 13, 2010 - 10:46 am .- Pope Benedict XVI had a “brief meeting” with Susanna Maiolo in a room adjacent to the Paul VI Hall following Wednesday morning’s general audience.  The encounter gave the two their first personal contact after their less formal “encounter” on Dec. 24.

Malaysian bishops praise moderates and urge peace in ‘Allah’ conflict

Jan 13, 2010 - 07:08 am .- Saying they had not expected a violent reaction to the Malaysian High Court’s ruling that a Christian newspaper may use the word “Allah” for God, Catholic leaders in Malaysia have said there is an urgent need to “defuse the conflict” they say fundamentalists are trying to start in the country.

Religious freedom does not exist in Egypt, says Coptic lawyer

Jan 13, 2010 - 05:55 am .- In the wake of the Christmas Eve shootings of Egyptian Coptic Christians by a group of Muslims,  Coptic attorney Caroline Doss has planned a rally at the United Nations in protest, telling CNA that religious freedom “does not exist” in Egypt.

Letter asks Congressmen to correct ‘major’ abortion-related problems in Senate bill

Jan 13, 2010 - 04:29 am .- The National Right to Life Committee has sent letters to numerous members of the U.S. House, urging them to oppose any final health care bill that fails to correct six “major” abortion-related problems in the Senate version of the health care bill.

Woman cured of cancer by Bl. Mary MacKillop’s intervention breaks silence

Jan 13, 2010 - 03:09 am .- A 66-year-old grandmother whose inexplicable recovery from advanced cancer became the second miracle attributed to Bl. Mary MacKillop has broken her silence to tell her story. The miracle paved the way for Mary MacKillop to become Australia’s first canonized saint.

St. Anthony chapel in India being rebuilt after extremist attacks

Jan 13, 2010 - 01:52 am .- A chapel to St. Anthony in India which was severely damaged in several 2008 attacks by religious extremists is now under reconstruction with the assistance of an international charity.

A society that masks 'totalitarianism' with 'hope' will destroy itself, warns Archbishop Burke

Jan 13, 2010 - 12:11 am .- Using the example of St. Thomas More, Archbishop Raymond Burke exhorted legal professionals present at Tuesday's Red Mass in St. Mary’s Cathedral to keep God before their eyes as they strive to administer justice amidst a “society which is abandoning its Judeo-Christian foundations.”