Archive of December 14, 2012

Achieving peace requires respect for all human life, Pope states

Dec 14, 2012 - 05:05 pm .- More than anything else, the path to peace involves “respect for human life in all its many aspects,” Pope Benedict XVI said in his message for the annual World Day of Peace.

Small town's Christmas tree brings splendor to Vatican

Dec 14, 2012 - 04:20 pm .- A young boy named Mario had the honor of lighting a majestic Christmas tree in St. Peter's Square on the evening of Dec. 14.

Italian pro-lifers demand taxpayers not be forced to pay for abortions

Dec 14, 2012 - 04:06 pm .- A pro-life group in Italy is calling on government officials in the region of Tuscany to implement a fiscal policy that allows Italians to verify that their taxes are not being used to finance abortion.

Catholic priests respond quickly to Conn. school shooting

Dec 14, 2012 - 12:04 pm .- Several priests of the Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport responded quickly to the mass murder of adults and schoolchildren at a Newtown, Conn. elementary school, rushing to the scene to comfort victims and their relatives.

Vatican Nativity scene will reflect southern Italy cave setting

Dec 14, 2012 - 11:00 am .- This Christmas season visitors to St. Peter’s Square will get a chance to see a Nativity scene that is set amid a famous city of ancient cave dwellings from southern Italy.

France's new monitoring policy deemed religious liberty threat

Dec 14, 2012 - 10:21 am .- Religious freedom experts are decrying a recent announcement by the French government that it will deport and dissolve groups that are labeled extreme and appear to suffer from “religious pathology.”

Catholics see two sides to Michigan's new union limits

Dec 14, 2012 - 04:14 am .- Catholic commentators have weighed in on both sides of the controversial “right to work” labor bill in the longtime union stronghold of Michigan, with some warning that the law puts workers’ rights at risk while others say the bill reflects workers’ individual choices.

San Francisco officials accused of discouraging pro-life rally

Dec 14, 2012 - 02:02 am .- A move by San Francisco's city officials to support a celebration of the 40th anniversary of legalized abortion in the U.S. has been interpreted by some as an attempt to discourage a local pro-life rally.

Catholics Come Home begins Advent 2012 campaigns

Dec 14, 2012 - 12:03 am .- The outreach organization Catholics Come Home has announced new campaigns for Advent and the Year of Faith while launching a revised website to encourage non-practicing Catholics to return to the Church.