Archive of January 13, 2012

Only 13 percent of Spain's Catholics say they practice faith

Jan 13, 2012 - 06:05 pm .- New data shows that despite over 70 percent of Spaniards identifying themselves as Catholic, only 13.6 percent say they practice their faith and attend services on Sunday and holy days.

Braveheart letter to Pope returns to Scotland

Jan 13, 2012 - 01:52 pm .- A 14th-century letter asking Pope Boniface VIII to look favorably upon the Scottish patriot Sir William Wallace during his visit to Rome has been returned to Scotland.

New book points teens to example of Spanish martyrs

Jan 13, 2012 - 02:03 pm .- A new collection of testimonies from the Spanish martyrs is aimed at teaching young people about the strength of faith, love for God and forgiveness of one’s enemies, says its author.

Pope sees educating youth as key to ending anti-Christian violence

Jan 13, 2012 - 01:31 pm .- In a bid to end violence against Christians and other religions, Pope Benedict XVI used a Jan. 13 speech to Italian police to call for educating young people in the true meaning of justice and peace.

Vatican daily issues Pope’s prayer intentions for 2013

Jan 13, 2012 - 09:01 am .- The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano published Pope Benedict XVI’s prayer intentions for the year 2013.

Hosanna-Tabor ruling could impact future religious liberty cases

Jan 13, 2012 - 06:03 am .- The U.S. Supreme Court’s move defending religious groups' right to determine their leaders could significantly affect future cases dealing with religious freedom, a legal expert says.

Bishop denounces government bulldozing of Pakistan church and school

Jan 13, 2012 - 02:54 am .- The Punjab provincial government’s unannounced bulldozing of a Church-owned site that destroyed a church, a school for poor girls, and homes for the poor, elderly and homeless was “a criminal act of land-grabbing,” the local Catholic bishop says.

Maryland bishops call for legislation to ease poverty

Jan 13, 2012 - 01:08 am .- The bishops of Maryland urged Catholics in the state to contact elected officials and ask them to consider the needs of the poor as they make public policy decisions in the upcoming year.