Archive of January 23, 2011

Christian clergy issue new response to MLK’s ‘Letter from a Birmingham Jail’

Jan 23, 2011 - 08:09 pm .- Decades after Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” leading clergy including several Catholic bishops have issued a response. They praised the sacrifices of the civil rights movement’s leaders and said work against racism is “unfinished.”

Swiss Guards celebrate 505 years of history

Jan 23, 2011 - 01:54 pm .- On Jan. 22 at the Vatican, the Swiss Guard commemorated more than five centuries of being the Pope's sworn protectors. Corporal Urs Breitenmoser of the Swiss Guard called the celebration a “historic moment of maximum importance for us” in remarks to CNA about the event.

Catechism is key to parish's Lay Formation Program

Jan 23, 2011 - 01:18 pm .- "We are using information to assist in formation that will lead to transformation," is how Msgr. Michael Heras, pastor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Corpus Christi, Texas describes the parish's Lay Formation Program. Started in 2002, the program has enrolled some 870 students.

Only Christ can heal divisions among Christians today, says Pope

Jan 23, 2011 - 12:16 pm .- Divisions among Christians exist today as they did in St. Paul's time and there continues to be a single source of healing – repenting and turning to Christ – said the Pope on Sunday.

Jan. 24 brings feast of St. Francis de Sales, patron of Church unity

Jan 23, 2011 - 07:09 am .- On Jan. 24, during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity that runs from Jan. 18-25, Catholics will celebrate the life of St. Francis de Sales. A bishop and Doctor of the Church, his preaching brought thousands of Protestants back to the Catholic fold, and his writings on the spiritual life have proved highly influential.

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