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

New law will make Venezuela a dictatorship, warns archbishop

Dec 21, 2010 - 10:11 pm .- Archbishop Roberto Luckert of Coro, Venezuela said President Hugo Chavez's new law will turn the country into a “constitutional democratic dictatorship.”

Cardinal Daneels: Belgian Church must renounce self-centered mentality in response to abuse

Dec 21, 2010 - 07:38 pm .- Cardinal Godfried Daneels has said that the Catholic Church in Belgium must “look its dark side in the eyes” and renounce a mentality which thinks more about itself and not about victims of sexual abuse.

Phoenix bishop strips hospital of Catholic status over abortion, other ethics violations

Dec 21, 2010 - 06:58 pm .- Citing numerous and ongoing violations of Catholic teaching, including performing an abortion, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix has declared that St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center can no longer call itself a Catholic institution.

Archbishop recalls that Christmas is about Jesus, not gifts

Dec 21, 2010 - 05:52 pm .- Archbishop Jose Antonio Eguren of Piura, Peru reminded the faithful that the true meaning of Christmas is found in Christ, not in presents.

Filipinos continue Simbang Gabi Advent celebrations in Alaska

Dec 21, 2010 - 02:51 pm .- When the soft glow of the parol, or Filipino star lantern, begins to light the dark Alaskan night, 13-year-old Robin Jones begins to feel anticipation and excitement for Christmas. Jones’ Filipino family hangs the star outside their home each year in honor of Simbang Gabi, a special novena celebrated in the Philippines.

Doctrine office says Pope’s words on condoms and AIDS were 'manipulated'

Dec 21, 2010 - 12:51 pm .- More than a month later, Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks about condom use and AIDS, made in his latest book, continue to provoke commentary and controversy.

Catholic sisters' baseball card auctioned off to new owner

Dec 21, 2010 - 11:57 am .- Catholic sisters in Baltimore auctioning off a rare baseball card to support their mission work, hit a snag recently as the winning bidder failed to come through with the promised $220,000.

Rep. Smith urges President Obama to help persecuted Catholics in Vietnam

Dec 21, 2010 - 06:14 am .- As violence against Catholics by the Vietnamese government continues, Rep. Chris Smith appealed to President Obama  for a resolution designating Vietnam as a Country of Particular Concern (CPC).

Leaked cable notes Church's opposition to 'aggressive' population control

Dec 21, 2010 - 01:57 am .- A leaked State Department cable shows that the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See is reading Catholic statements on the environment through the lens of population control policy.