Archive of January 21, 2010 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of January 21, 2010

All Christians have a duty to assist those in Haiti, says archbishop

Jan 21, 2010 - 11:07 pm .- In an exclusive interview with Catholic News Agency, the Apostolic Nuncio to the Dominican Republic, Archbishop Josef Wesolowski, emphasized that the current situation in Haiti should motivate all Christians, regardless of denomination, to contribute to recovery efforts in the country. 

Pro-life group rebukes Planned Parenthood for sending birth control to Haiti

Jan 21, 2010 - 08:31 pm .- Following the horrific earthquake in Haiti last week, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) launched a campaign to provide what they call “emergency and basic health services” to victims in the country. But according to Douglas Scott, “Planned Parenthood looks at emergency birth control the same way most people view food, water and shelter.”

New survey shows youth becoming more pro-life

Jan 21, 2010 - 07:44 pm .- Just one day before the March for Life in Washington D.C. and the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a new survey shows that the number of Americans who say they are pro-life is continuing to grow. Members of the Millennial generation say abortion is “morally wrong” at a rate of 58 percent.

Number of Salesian students killed in Haiti rises to 500

Jan 21, 2010 - 07:02 pm .- The Salesian Office in Madrid has revised its early estimates on the number of children and teens who lost their lives in the collapsed buildings and schools operated by the order in Haiti.  Officials now say that as many as 500 are buried under the rubble after the devastating earthquake.

Bishop Williamson calls talks between SSPX and Vatican 'dialogue of the deaf'

Jan 21, 2010 - 05:56 pm .- Bishop Richard Williamson, the controversial Society of St. Pius X prelate whose excommunication was only lifted last year, said recently in an interview that talks between his society and the Vatican are a “dialogue of the deaf.”

Planned Parenthood asking for donations to rebuild clinics in Haiti

Jan 21, 2010 - 02:47 pm .- The International Planned Parenthood Federation has sent out thousands of letters asking for donations to rebuild its clinics in Haiti, which were destroyed by the January 12 earthquake.

Benedict XVI reconfirms Cardinal Bertone as Vatican Secretary of State

Jan 21, 2010 - 01:09 pm .- In a letter published today by L’Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI confirmed that Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone will remain Vatican Secretary of State although he has reached the age at which prelates are required to submit their resignation to the Vatican.

Benedict XVI appoints first woman under-secretary for Justice and Peace Council

Jan 21, 2010 - 11:10 am .- The Vatican announced on Thursday the appointment of Ms. Flaminia Giovanelli, “the first woman to hold the position of under secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.”

Pope blesses lambs on feast of St. Agnes

Jan 21, 2010 - 10:44 am .- Today Pope Benedict celebrated the feast of the martyr St. Agnes by blessing a group of lambs in the Urban VIII Chapel of the Vatican Apostolic Palace.

Walk for Life West Coast seeks end to ‘the violence of abortion’

Jan 21, 2010 - 08:34 am .- The sixth Annual Walk for Life West Coast will bring together more than 35,000 pro-life activists on Jan. 23 to advocate an end to “the violence of abortion.” Attendees will hear pro-life speakers describe how abortion hurts women and how all people have a right to life.

'The Haitian Project' begins process of recovery

Jan 21, 2010 - 06:54 am .- On January 11, Deacon Patrick Moynihan left Haiti for a routine visit back home to the United States.  The following day, the largest earthquake in 200 years struck Haiti, with the principle fault line running through the capital city of Port-au-Prince. 

‘God still has plans for me,’ says U.S. deacon rescued from quake aftermath

Jan 21, 2010 - 06:22 am .- A permanent deacon in the Archdiocese of Hartford has spoken about his rescue from the ruins of his destroyed mission house in earthquake-struck Haiti. Though death “filled the night,” he said he believes God still has plans for him and he intends to return to help the country.

University of Colorado Catholics to host debate on same-sex ‘marriage’

Jan 21, 2010 - 04:55 am .- The Catholic campus ministry at the University of Colorado at Boulder will host a debate next Monday on whether the government should recognize same-sex “marriage.” The speakers will be Maggie Gallagher and Jonathan Rauch.

Aid to the Church in Need directs aid to Haitian seminarians harmed by quake

Jan 21, 2010 - 03:31 am .- The charity Aid to the Church in Need has announced that it is sending $100,000 in urgent aid to help more than 200 impoverished seminarians in Haiti after their college collapsed in the earthquake.

40 Days for Life's Spring campaign to take place in over 150 cities

Jan 21, 2010 - 02:22 am .- The 40 Days for Life Campaign has announced that 2010’s first campaign of prayer, fasting, pro-life outreach and vigils outside abortion clinics will take place from Feb. 17 to March 28. The effort aims to save women and children from the “tragedy” of abortion and to keep abortion out of U.S. health care legislation.

Cardinal asks Bolivians to 'tone down' carnival celebrations following Haitian earthquake

Jan 21, 2010 - 12:56 am .- The Archbishop of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Cardinal Julio Terrazas Sandoval, called on the faithful of Bolivia to show solidarity with the people of Haiti, as their dignity is currently “in the hands of all the peoples of the world.”  He then invited Bolivians to tone down the country's upcoming carnival celebrations prior to Lent as a sacrifice for the suffering people of Haiti.

Catholic doctors to hold conference on end of life issues

Jan 21, 2010 - 12:08 am .- Franciscan University's Institute of Bioethics is hosting a conference in March for health professionals and will address the topic of “Ethical Issues on Suffering and Death.”