Monthly Archives: January 2012

Text of papal address to U.S. bishops on secularism, religious freedom

UPDATE: Story: Pope warns of threat to freedom of religion, conscience in US By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — In an unusually strong speech to visiting U.S. bishops this morning in Rome, Pope Benedict warned that militant … Continue reading

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Getting their game on for peace tonight

The men’s basketball matchup of Villanova University against Seton Hall University scheduled for tonight has another angle to it. The Catholic universities partnered with Catholic Relief Services in “Playing for Peace,” giving the game the added impetus of drawing attention to  violence, hunger, displacement … Continue reading

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Obama’s decision on oil pipeline welcomed by faith-based groups, environmentalists — for now

Faith-based groups welcomed this afternoon’s White House announcement that President Barack Obama would deny a crucial permit for a 1,700 mile pipeline (1,400 miles in the U.S.) to carry oil from the tar sands of icy Alberta through sensitive U.S. … Continue reading

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Rev. King’s message of action, service remembered today

What the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. “was talking and preaching about to us … is so relevant now. It’s what we as a people are fighting for now, as far as justice, peace and equality,” said Nova Nelson. She … Continue reading

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17th-century Catholic bishop who was geologist makes news

The first Google doodle of 2012 was a tribute to Bishop Nicolaus Steno on his 374th birthday, Jan. 11. The bishop was a Danish anatomist and geologist famous for his “principle of original horizontality,” or the theory that layers of rock are formed horizontally … Continue reading

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Haiti recovery moves slowly two years after quake

Today marks two years since a powerful earthquake rocked the poor nation of Haiti. More than 316,000 people died; an estimated 500,000 people — a third of the original 1.5 million people left homeless — remain in tattered shelters in … Continue reading

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Mass in Rome memorializes Cardinal John Foley

By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service ROME — Thirty days after the death of our friend Cardinal John P. Foley, his successor as president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications celebrated Mass in his memory, recalling the late … Continue reading

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