Archive of December 7, 2011

Vatican's idea for day against Christian persecution draws praise

Dec 7, 2011 - 07:13 pm .- Religious freedom advocates are praising the Vatican's proposal to establish an international day against the worldwide persecution of Christians. 

Crowd braves rain for Rhode Island Christmas tree lighting

Dec 7, 2011 - 06:07 pm .- Heavy rains didn’t dampen the spirits of more than 300 who attended the blessing and lighting of the Christmas tree Tuesday night at St. Patrick Church in Providence, R.I.

Knights of Columbus honored with street name in Rome

Dec 7, 2011 - 03:22 pm .- The Knights of Columbus now have a street to call their own in the Eternal City after Largo Cavalieri di Colombo was inaugurated on Dec. 6.

Thousands in Colombia call for release of kidnapped

Dec 7, 2011 - 02:15 pm .- Thousands of Colombians in cities across the country demanded the release of those still kidnapped by a local revolutionary group who recently killed four hostages.

Pope reflects on Jesus’ relationship with ‘the childlike’

Dec 7, 2011 - 02:06 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI told pilgrims at today’s general audience that through prayer Jesus calls the “childlike” into a loving relationship with him and the Father.

Military bishop to spend Advent, Christmas in Afghanistan

Dec 7, 2011 - 06:01 am .- Bishop F. Richard Spencer of the military archdiocese arrived in northern Afghanistan on Dec. 5 to spend Advent and Christmas ministering to U.S. and NATO troops and U.S. State Department staffers.

Report challenges Jesuit universities’ 'sexual diversity' conference

Dec 7, 2011 - 03:13 am .- A new report by the Cardinal Newman Society says a conference series hosted by two Jesuit universities appears to question and even undermine Church teaching on sexuality and marriage.

New translation is opportunity to grow in faith, stress Catholic leaders

Dec 7, 2011 - 12:49 am .- A panel of liturgical experts recently noted that the early weeks of using the new English translation of the Roman Missal should be an occasion for Catholics to grow deeper in their understanding of the Mass.

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