Archive of January 20, 2012

Vatican approves Neocatechumenal Way’s prayers

Jan 20, 2012 - 08:10 pm .- The Vatican announced Jan. 20 that the Neocatechumenal Way’s prayers and non-liturgical celebrations have been approved.

Religious leaders blast HHS over contraception mandate

Jan 20, 2012 - 06:31 pm .- Numerous religious leaders slammed the Obama administration for violating consciences by refusing to reverse a contraception mandate and instead delay its full implementation by only a year.

Protestors in Spain call for removal of offensive Christ image

Jan 20, 2012 - 06:04 pm .- The civil rights group urged the mayor of Madrid to remove an offensive picture from a photo exhibit showing a Christ-like figure who is naked with a crucifix covering the genital area.

Obama administration refuses to change contraception mandate

Jan 20, 2012 - 02:45 pm .- The Obama administration announced Jan. 20 that it will not expand an exemption for religious groups that object to its requirement for health insurance plans to cover sterilization and contraception – including abortion-causing drugs – free of charge.

Relics of John Paul II arrive in Colombia

Jan 20, 2012 - 02:08 pm .- Relics of Blessed John Paul II have arrived in Colombia and will be on display for veneration January 2-22 in the cities of Bogota and Cartago. 

Vatican official: Jesus makes Christian unity possible

Jan 20, 2012 - 09:51 am .- The person of Jesus Christ should give all Christians hope that historic divisions can be overcome, says a top official at the Vatican department responsible for promoting Christian unity.

Native Americans overjoyed at news of first saint

Jan 20, 2012 - 06:02 am .- The recent announcement that Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha has been approved for sainthood is generating great excitement among the Native American community.

South Africa's state secrets bill threatens freedom, says archbishop

Jan 20, 2012 - 03:08 am .- The Archbishop of Cape Town has asked South Africa’s parliament to amend a major state security bill in order to protect the “freedom of information” and to preserve “open and transparent government.”

Church publishes catechism for Hebrew-speaking children

Jan 20, 2012 - 01:02 am .- The first three books of a Hebrew-language Catholic catechism have now been published to help teach the children of Christians who live and work in Israel.