Archive of January 31, 2012

After energizing Vatican visit, Southern bishops ready to evangelize

Jan 31, 2012 - 09:28 pm .- The bishops of several southern U.S. states say they are returning home from their “ad limina” visit to Rome refreshed and ready to evangelize.

Sen. Rubio introduces bill to overturn contraception mandate

Jan 31, 2012 - 06:01 pm .- Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has introduced a bill to repeal regulations issued by the Obama administration that many faith-based organizations say would force them to buy health insurance plans that violate their consciences.

Mexican city will not charge for seating along papal route

Jan 31, 2012 - 05:54 pm .- The mayor of the Mexican city of Leon has announced that the city will not charge people for special seating along the papal motorcade route when Pope Benedict XVI visits the country in March.

Bishop Lori: Catholics faced with choice between Jesus' mandate or Obama's

Jan 31, 2012 - 03:16 pm .- The U.S. Catholic bishops’ chairman for religious liberty says the Obama administration’s contraception mandate tramples “the mandate of Jesus Christ” by requiring Catholic employers to choose between violating their consciences and denying services to non-Catholics.

Abortion law reform must be more than 'cosmetic,' says Spanish bishop

Jan 31, 2012 - 02:00 pm .- Bishop Jose Ignacio Munilla of San Sebastian, Spain said he is hopeful that the reforms of the country’s abortion law will not be “merely cosmetic” but will “take into serious consideration” the 1985 ruling of the country’s Constitutional Court that “recognizes the right to life.”

New Patriarch of Venice approaches job with trepidation and trust

Jan 31, 2012 - 01:55 pm .- Bishop Francesco Moraglia was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to the important post of Patriarch of Venice on Jan. 31. Despite the enormity of the job, he trusts God will help him succeed.

Obama administration's commitment to religious freedom questioned

Jan 31, 2012 - 06:04 am .- Dr. Thomas Farr believes that the Obama administration’s verbal commitment to protecting religious freedom around the globe is not being backed up with sufficient action.

Lighthouse Pregnancy Center offers 'true choice' to women in need

Jan 31, 2012 - 02:53 am .- Lighthouse Pregnancy Center hosted a dinner and auction on Jan. 26 to help raise the funds needed to open its doors as the first Catholic crisis pregnancy center in Denver, Colo.

Employee steals $1 million from Archdiocese of New York

Jan 31, 2012 - 12:58 am .- An Archdiocese of New York employee allegedly stole about $1 million from the archdiocese’s Department of Education Finance Office in a “sophisticated fraud” over several years’ time.