Archive of January 11, 2012

Huntsman finishes third in New Hampshire amid unclear views

Jan 11, 2012 - 08:02 pm .- Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman finished third in the New Hampshire primary amid unanswered questions on his commitment to defending life and marriage.

Vatican official promises aid for poor in Peru

Jan 11, 2012 - 06:06 pm .- Cardinal Robert Sarah, the head of the Vatican charity Cor Unum, promised to aid relief efforts by the Archdiocese of Lima in Manchay, one of the poorest suburbs of the Peruvian capital.

Supreme Court unanimously rejects government oversight of churches

Jan 11, 2012 - 03:58 pm .- The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Jan. 11 to uphold the “ministerial exception” that allows religious organizations to hire and fire ministers without interference from the government.

Vatican Museums break visitor record in 2011

Jan 11, 2012 - 03:48 pm .- The Vatican Museums broke attendance records in 2011 with over 5 million people entering its doors.

Illustrated novel released on Austrian martyr

Jan 11, 2012 - 02:05 pm .- A Spain-based publisher released a graphic novel on the life of Blessed Jacob Gapp, a priest from Austria who was killed by the Nazis in Valencia during World War II.

Pope explains why Eucharist is greatest prayer

Jan 11, 2012 - 12:25 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI continued his series of reflections on prayer at his Jan. 11 general audience by explaining why the Eucharist stands at “the apex” of all Christian prayers.

Bishop Conley warns against ‘dangerous’ Colorado civil unions bill

Jan 11, 2012 - 06:06 am .- A Colorado proposal to recognize same-sex civil unions is a “dangerous and unjust” effort to redefine marriage warns Bishop James D. Conley, the apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Denver.

Nigerian bishops reject government's destabilizing move

Jan 11, 2012 - 03:22 am .- Catholic bishops in Nigeria have criticized President Goodluck Jonathan's decision to stop oil subsidies, a choice that has doubled gas and food costs in the already unstable nation.

Springfield Catholic Charities reorganizes to maintain public presence

Jan 11, 2012 - 01:06 am .- Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Springfield, Ill. has announced a major reorganization in response to the state’s termination of its foster care and adoption contracts. The agency intends to strengthen its Catholic identity and become more self-reliant in funding its services.