Archive of February 14, 2012

Vatican spokesman says leaks are incentive for further reform

Feb 14, 2012 - 10:08 pm .- In the face of leaks of various Vatican documents, Holy See officials must not become caught up in controversy and confusion but should stay committed to reform and “authentic transparency” in government, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi said on Monday afternoon.

National Marriage Week points to benefits of strong marriages

Feb 14, 2012 - 08:09 pm .- A series of events across the country during National Marriage Week from Feb. 7-14 seek to strengthen marriage in the United States and promote its benefits.

Costa Rica needs laws that support life, bishops say

Feb 14, 2012 - 06:06 pm .- At the conclusion of their annual meeting, the bishops of Costa Rica urged the country to reject the legalization of abortion and in vitro fertilization and adopt laws that protect life.

Cardinal Zen says Vatican needs tougher approach to China

Feb 14, 2012 - 03:56 pm .- Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun of Hong Kong says the Vatican’s recent policy in dealing with China has failed and that the Church must now take a tougher stance.

Poll finds most Catholic voters disapprove of president, support Romney

Feb 14, 2012 - 02:52 pm .- Most U.S. Catholic voters disapprove of President Barack Obama's job performance and support Mitt Romney, according to a February 2012 survey by the polling firm Rasmussen Reports.

Vatican calls rector of Peru's Pontifical University to Rome

Feb 14, 2012 - 02:06 pm .- The rector of the Pontifical University in Peru has been called to the Vatican to discuss the results of a recent apostolic visit to the school in the wake of its refusal to update its statutes according to Church directives.

Religious leaders, academics rebuff Obama’s contraception policy change

Feb 14, 2012 - 06:15 am .- Over 200 college presidents, academics, religious leaders and journalists have signed a letter that denounces President Obama’s “accommodation” to the contraception mandate for failing to “remove the assault on religious liberty.”

Catholic Charities cautious over contraception 'accommodation'

Feb 14, 2012 - 06:07 am .- Catholic Charities USA issued a new statement voicing uncertainty over the Obama administration's “accommodation” for religious freedom within its contraception mandate.

Ukrainian church restoration reverses communist changes

Feb 14, 2012 - 03:24 am .- A church in the Ukraine that Soviet authorities once seized for use as a “monument of communism” will once again be a place for Christian worship after renovations remove a neo-classical façade erected to disguise its nature.

Grammy viewers mock Nicki Minaj's 'exorcism' performance

Feb 14, 2012 - 12:59 am .- Rapper Nicki Minaj drew ridicule from viewers of the 2012 Grammy Awards on Feb. 12, with a performance that parodied the Catholic rites of confession and exorcism.