Archive of January 14, 2010

Nearly 8,000 women attend Catholic conference in Los Angeles

Jan 14, 2010 - 10:54 pm .- Last weekend some 8,000 Catholic Hispanic women gathered to renew and strengthen their faith at a conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Pro-life group calls for 'real health care' on press tour

Jan 14, 2010 - 09:53 pm .- The Susan B. Anthony List, a political action committee that supports pro-life women in politics, recently held a press tour in state of Indiana with pro-life women from various backgrounds speaking out against abortion funding in the health care reform bill.  The SBA List also urged congressional leaders to support “real” health care for women.

Supreme Court permanently blocks Prop. 8 hearing broadcasts

Jan 14, 2010 - 08:14 pm .- The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the trial challenging California’s Proposition 8 may not be broadcast, saying concerns about harassment are “substantiated.” The court ruled that the decision to broadcast the hearings did not comply with federal law and that “irreparable harm” would likely result.

St. Jean Vianney chosen as patron for priests because he lived a life of love

Jan 14, 2010 - 07:47 pm .- Archbishop Mauro Piacenza, the secretary of the Congregation for Clergy, gave a retreat address Thursday afternoon at the papal summer villa to members of the Focolare movement.  He dedicated the talk to "ars amoris," the art of love, as lived in the life of Focolare founder Chiara Lubich and exemplified in that of St. Jean-Marie Vianney of Ars.

Benedict XVI encourages friendship with Jews as synagogue visit nears

Jan 14, 2010 - 03:08 pm .- In a telegram sent to the Rabbi of Rome, Riccardo Di Segni, Pope Benedict XVI predicted that his upcoming visit to the Roman Synagogue on January 17 will constitute a further “irrevocable step on the path of harmony and friendship” between Jews and Catholics.

Secretary of Brazilian bishops' conference travels to Haiti after earthquake

Jan 14, 2010 - 01:54 pm .- Secretary of the Bishops’ Conference of Brazil, Bishop Dimas Lara Barbosa, was sent to Haiti following the earthquake that devastated the country and killed 11 Brazilian soldiers who were part of the U.N.'s peacekeeping force.

Exclusive: Papal nuncio gives dramatic report on Church in Haiti

Jan 14, 2010 - 01:30 pm .- In an exclusive email to CNA, the Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, has revealed the details surrounding the death of the Archbishop of Haiti, the condition of the buildings at the nunciature, the archdiocese and the major seminary, as well as an updated body count of priests, religious, and seminarians in Port-au-Prince, which was hit by a massive earthquake on Tuesday.

U.S. Catholic dioceses mobilizing to help Haitian earthquake victims

Jan 14, 2010 - 12:58 pm .- In reaction to the recent catastrophic earthquake in Haiti, Cardinal Francis George, president of the U.S. Bishops' Conference, is asking all dioceses to take up a collection this coming weekend. Other initiatives taking place include prayer services and Masses.

Pope Benedict calls for true sexual education

Jan 14, 2010 - 11:42 am .- Pope Benedict XVI made an appeal for provisions that would protect human development and families as he met with local elected officials in a private audience on Wednesday.  The Holy Father also called for all of society to collaborate in educating youth for a "lofty vision of health and human sexuality."

Abortion becomes issue in Massachusetts race for U.S. Senate

Jan 14, 2010 - 06:04 am .- Abortion has become a live issue in the Jan. 19 special U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts. While both candidates generally support permissive abortion law, controversy has centered upon pro-life conscience protections, partial-birth abortion and the place of abortion in the health care bill.

Rembrandt etching found at Catholic University of America highlights new exhibit

Jan 14, 2010 - 04:18 am .- A Rembrandt etching rediscovered by the president of the Catholic University of America during his search for paper towels is the focus of a new exhibit which opened at the university’s John K. Mullen of Denver Library on Monday.

N. Illinois pro-life dinner to benefit 40 Days for Life campaign

Jan 14, 2010 - 03:06 am .- The January Life Breakfast group in Rockford, Illinois will hold a Respect Life Dinner on Friday to benefit the local 40 Days for Life campaign. Several local pro-life leaders will receive awards at the Friday evening event.

Cardinal says Venezuelans reject all talk of war

Jan 14, 2010 - 01:54 am .- Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas is calling on Venezuelans to work for peace and expressing his rejection of any talk of war by President Hugo Chavez who continues to threaten of possible conflicts with the United States and Colombia.

More than half a million tickets reserved to see Shroud in 2010

Jan 14, 2010 - 12:28 am .- When the Holy Shroud is put on display this Spring visitors are expected to pour into the city of Turin, Italy to catch a glimpse.  This exposition, which comes ten years after it was last shown publicly, has already led hundreds of thousands of people to reserve tickets.