Archive of February 11, 2010 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of February 11, 2010

Lebanon celebrates 1600th anniversary of St. Maron's death

Feb 11, 2010 - 11:12 pm .- Cardinal Nasrallah Pierre Sfeir, Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites, celebrated Mass at the Cathedral of St. George on Tuesday marking the 1600th anniversary of the death of St. Maron, father of the Maronite rite and patron saint of Lebanon.

Experts denounce 'social and sexual re-engineering' in Spanish schools

Feb 11, 2010 - 06:47 pm .- The association “Professionals for Ethics” in Spain has criticized the Socialist government for distributing “sexual orientation” material through the controversial, government-required course, Education for the Citizenry.

South Africa bishops say leaders’ immorality hinders fight against AIDS

Feb 11, 2010 - 06:31 pm .- Following revelations that South Africa President Jacob Zuma fathered a child out of wedlock, the Catholic bishops of the country have expressed the “strongest concern” at scandalous behavior among national leaders. The bishops called on leaders to be role models and warned that their immorality has hindered the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Children must be protected within stable families, states Cardinal Antonelli

Feb 11, 2010 - 05:57 pm .- The president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Cardinal Ennio Antonelli, marking the end of the full assembly of this department of the Holy See, called for vigilance and responsibility in protecting minors on Wednesday. He also spoke of the importance of a stable marriage between a man and woman to the child's future.

George Weigel speaks on combating European cultural decline

Feb 11, 2010 - 05:24 pm .- In a talk delivered today in Paris, noted author George Weigel discussed the evangelization of the European culture and offered his advice on how to spark a renewal. Pointing to the “demographic winter” gripping much of the continent, Weigel described it as a portent of the future, unless Europeans insist on the place of Christian values in society and combat relativism with truth.

Holy Father to visit homeless shelter in Rome

Feb 11, 2010 - 04:22 pm .- This coming Sunday morning, Pope Benedict XVI will pay a visit to a social services center run by Caritas Rome near the central Termini train station. Speaking to reporters this morning in a press conference at Vatican Radio headquarters, the Vicar of Rome, Cardinal Agostino Vallini, released the details of the visit.

Vatican City State celebrates 81 years

Feb 11, 2010 - 03:17 pm .- Every February 11, the Vatican City State celebrates the anniversary of its establishment. This year marks the 81st year of its existence, but the streets of the smallest nation on Earth were full for other reasons today.

Pro-life expert discusses effects of legalized abortion in Mexico City

Feb 11, 2010 - 03:05 pm .- Amidst protests from pro-abortion groups in Mexico over recent initiatives to protect the unborn at the state level, Carmen Alba, director of the Institute for the Rehabilitation of Women and the Family (IRWF), cautioned that abortion is neither a “solution” nor a definitive end to a woman’s “problem.”

Fr. Pavone not surprised by probation for Alabama abortion clinic

Feb 11, 2010 - 01:42 pm .- Pro-life leader Fr. Frank Pavone commented Thursday on an abortion clinic in Alabama being put on probation, saying that he's not surprised and that Planned Parenthood's gaffe is simply “par for the course.”

Italian bishops defend justice, truth and the 'good of the Church'

Feb 11, 2010 - 01:18 pm .- Leaders of the Italian Bishops' Conference expressed their commitment to justice, truth and the good of the Church in response to a media campaign which has been highly critical of the Vatican.

Pope Benedict emphasizes 'truly incalculable' value of ministry to the sick

Feb 11, 2010 - 11:48 am .- Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass on Thursday at St. Peter’s Basilica for the three-fold occasion of the World Day for the Sick, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and the 25th anniversary of the Pontifical Council for Health Ministry. In his homily, the Holy Father stressed the “truly incalculable” value of the Church's ministry to the sick and suffering.

Pontifical Academy for Life to discuss bioethics and natural law

Feb 11, 2010 - 11:22 am .- The Pontifical Academy for Life began its 16th plenary meeting Thursday afternoon under the theme of "Bioethics and Natural Law." The sessions of the congress will seek to "regain" an understanding of natural law.

Thomas Aquinas College to inaugurate new president

Feb 11, 2010 - 07:18 am .- Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California will inaugurate former dean Dr. Michael F. McLean as its fourth president on Saturday.

Georgia billboard campaign says abortion makes black children an ‘endangered species’

Feb 11, 2010 - 05:37 am .- A pro-life billboard campaign has caused controversy in Georgia for saying that black children are an “endangered species” because of the disproportionately high abortion rate among African-American women.

Catholic and Anglican bishops say Sri Lankan elections broke laws

Feb 11, 2010 - 04:07 am .- The recent presidential elections in Sri Lanka violated democratic boundaries through “willful violations” of election laws and did not address the concerns of the Tamil minority, Catholic and Anglican bishops in the country have said in a joint statement.

Steubenville alum addresses identity of Catholic colleges

Feb 11, 2010 - 01:03 am .- The new rector of the Catholic University of Costa Rica, Father Fernando Munoz Mara, called on Catholic colleges to follow the teachings of the Church and to orient themselves toward the pursuit of truth.