Archive of February 1, 2010 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of February 1, 2010

Cuban dissidents recall death of the exiled priest

Feb 1, 2010 - 11:10 pm .- The Christian Liberation Movement in Cuba is commemorating the death of Cuban priest Father Francisco Santana who died in exile on January 28, 2004. In a statement, the movement recalled the heroism of Fr. Santana “who suffered greatly during the final months of his terminal illness.”

World Youth Day 2011 calls for artistic and cultural submissions

Feb 1, 2010 - 07:59 pm .- Organizers for World Youth Day Madrid 2011 have recently called for proposals for the event's Youth Festival, an aspect of the international gathering intended to “manifest how faith becomes culture.” 

Bolivian president violates constitution with 'ancestral blessing'

Feb 1, 2010 - 06:54 pm .- Constitutional, political and social analysts noted recently that the President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, violated the constitution he himself signed into existence by celebrating a pre-Colombian “ancestral blessing” rite.  Bolivia’s constitution states in article four that the State shall be secular and “independent of any religion.”

Cardinal Angelini says Pius XII's example drove him to save WWII Jews

Feb 1, 2010 - 06:01 pm .- Cardinal Fiorenzo Angelini, the 93-year-old president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Health Workers, spoke with CNA on January 28 about his personal experience with Pope Pius XII and how his example moved him to save Jews during World War II. He expressed his "great joy" and "satisfaction without limits" at Pope Benedict's recent declaration of Pius XII as Venerable.

Pope pays Sunday visit to local museum

Feb 1, 2010 - 03:28 pm .- On Sunday evening, Pope Benedict XVI slipped out of the Vatican to visit an art exhibit titled "Power and Grace. The Holy Patrons of Europe." Benedict XVI spent over 30 minutes "admiring the masterpieces," which offered a cross-section of the rapport between Church and government through the ages.

Same-sex 'marriage' unconstitutional, says legal expert

Feb 1, 2010 - 02:50 pm .- A legal expert from the Institute for Legal Research at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Jorge Adame Goddard, said last week that Mexico City's recent decision to allow same-sex “marriage” and homosexual adoption are both “unconstitutional.”

New Dominican constitution defends life from moment of conception

Feb 1, 2010 - 12:59 pm .- After seven months of congressional debate, the Dominican Republic has implemented a new constitution which defends life "from conception to natural death."

Holy Father praying for scholars and missionary efforts in February

Feb 1, 2010 - 12:44 pm .- Today the Vatican announced Pope Benedict XVI's intentions for the month of February. They include prayers for scholars in their search for the truth and that the Church embraces her missionary identity in faithful pursuit of Christ.

Anglicans are a 'blessing for the entire Church,' states Pope Benedict

Feb 1, 2010 - 12:05 pm .- Pope Benedict once again commented on the theme of Anglican-Catholic relations, this time as he met with Welsh and English bishops at the Vatican on Monday. During their meeting Pope Benedict confirmed the importance of his recent Apostolic Constitution "Anglicanorum Coetibus."

Pope tells English bishops to fight relativism with truth

Feb 1, 2010 - 11:14 am .- Pope Benedict XVI spoke to members of the English and Welsh Conference of Catholic Bishops on Monday in Rome as part of their "ad Limina" visit. He used the meeting to respond to the wide range of issues being confronted by local Church and urged them to look to Cardinal John Henry Newman as a model for combating relativism and increasing vocations.