Archive of January 20, 2010 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of January 20, 2010

Religious congregations in Haiti report on damages

Jan 20, 2010 - 11:05 pm .- Representatives from religious congregations in Haiti, who have seen their communities, houses and facilities damaged or destroyed by the earthquake in Haiti are asking the international community to provide relief to the devastated country.

Pope's second book on Jesus of Nazareth is finished

Jan 20, 2010 - 09:12 pm .- After meeting with Pope Benedict XVI in a private audience, American Rabbi Jacob Neusner, prolific writer, professor and expert in Judaism, told L'Osservatore Romano newspaper about his history with the Pope. He also mentioned that the Holy Father confided to him that the second volume of Jesus of Nazareth is complete.  

Pro-life leader lauds Brown's victory, discusses implications

Jan 20, 2010 - 07:24 pm .- Calling Scott Brown's victory “a political earthquake that will be felt across the United States,” Population Research Institute president Steve Mosher praised the newly elected senator's success and spoke on its wider implications.

Archdiocese of Seville organizes Catholics and Public Life Day

Jan 20, 2010 - 07:02 pm .- In order to defend and promote the presence of Christians in society, the Archdiocese of Seville, Spain will host the third Catholics and Public Life Day, which will be held February 12 and 13 on the Bormujos University campus in Seville.  The day's theme will be “Christian Testimony in a Secular Society.”

Nuncio unharmed after second earthquake in Haiti

Jan 20, 2010 - 06:25 pm .- Despite Haiti being hit with a second earthquake early Wednesday morning 35 miles from from the Capital city of Port-au-Prince, the Apostolic Nuncio in Haiti is reported to be safe and unharmed.

Pope asks for prayer to achieve visible unity of all Christians

Jan 20, 2010 - 03:29 pm .- Pope Benedict developed his catechesis at the general audience on Wednesday around the theme of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  The Pope spoke of the importance of "visible unity between Christians," inviting the faithful to invoke the Lord's assistance to "develop fraternal relations and promote dialogue."

Nuncio in Haiti says Church should use 'moral authority' to distribute aid

Jan 20, 2010 - 03:06 pm .- The Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti, Archbishop Bernardito Auza called on volunteers in the country to use “their moral authority” in distributing aid arriving in Port-au-Prince. Due to logistical complications such as lack of transportation, it has been difficult for donations to reach victims of the January 12 earthquake.

Rescuers find body of Vicar General in Haiti

Jan 20, 2010 - 02:43 pm .- The body of Vicar General Charles Benoit was found beneath the ruins of the Port-au-Prince Cathedral today, a week after the catastrophic earthquake that wreaked havoc on the Haitian community. Vicar General Charles Benoit was discovered with his hands around a reliquary which contained a host inside.

Pro-life leaders cheer Brown's win over Coakley

Jan 20, 2010 - 02:31 pm .- Several prominent pro-life leaders are responding to Scott Brown's Senate victory in Massachusetts last night, with one saying that Brown's success is a “win” for American women.

Knights of Columbus call for referendum to defend true marriage

Jan 20, 2010 - 12:53 pm .- The Knights of Columbus have called on both the Mexico City Legislative Assembly and the head of the federal government to organize a referendum asking the Mexican people to decide whether or not  marriage should continue to be defined as a social institution between one man and one woman.

Pope calls special meeting with Irish bishops at the Vatican

Jan 20, 2010 - 11:27 am .- Pope Benedict XVI will meet with the Catholic bishops of Ireland in a private audience at the Holy See in February, according to news reports.  The two-day meeting has been called to address the current situation of the Church in Ireland.

Aid to the Church in Need sends its first relief package to quake-stricken Haiti

Jan 20, 2010 - 07:50 am .- Aid to the Church in Need sent $70,000 in emergency help for Haiti last Friday, with more aid planned in the months to come. Communication difficulties and the deaths of leading clergy are hampering the relief efforts.

Planned Parenthood is ‘lying’ about MLK, Alveda King charges

Jan 20, 2010 - 06:36 am .- Dr. Alveda King, pro-life advocate and niece of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has attacked Planned Parenthood, saying its comments about the civil rights leader amount to “lying.” She charged that the organization misrepresents Rev. King’s reception of the Margaret Sanger Award.

Speakers to describe the ‘pain’ of abortion at Supreme Court building

Jan 20, 2010 - 04:45 am .- Pro-life activist Dr. Alveda King, actress Jennifer O’Neill and 45 women and men from the organization Silent No More will testify about their abortion experiences on Friday at 3 p.m. in front of the Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C.

Catholic Relief Services sees ‘tremendous response’ for Haitian appeal

Jan 20, 2010 - 03:21 am .- Catholic Relief Services on Tuesday reported it has received a “tremendous response” of cash donations for relief and recovery in Haiti as it seeks to secure $25 million to help the victims of last week’s massive earthquake.

Mexican Catholic newspaper clarifies why gays cannot adopt children

Jan 20, 2010 - 01:08 am .- The official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Mexico City, “Desde la Fe,” has published an explanation of the Church’s teaching on homosexual couples adopting children. The article was released following of a series of media reports which distorted statements by Church officials on the subject.

Relics, icons and crosses are onboard International Space Station, cosmonaut says

Jan 20, 2010 - 12:11 am .- The Gospels, four icons, crosses and a relic of the True Cross have been taken aboard the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS), a Russian cosmonaut has reported. A photo taken by the station crew shows an icon and a crucifix floating in zero gravity in the ISS.