Monthly Archives: February 2012

Vatican lawyer on plaintiffs’ decision to abandon 2010 Murphy sex abuse lawsuit

UPDATE: Sex abuse lawsuit against Vatican withdrawn ROME — Jeffrey S. Lena, an American attorney for the Holy See, announced today that the plaintiffs in a 2010 federal lawsuit against the Vatican regarding Father Lawrence Murphy, who sexually abused students at … Continue reading

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Second statement by bishops on HHS mandate calls for its total rescission

In a new statement tonight on President Obama’s noontime announcement of a new plan for mandatory contraceptive coverage in health insurance plans, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said the “only complete solution” to the religious liberty implications of the insurance … Continue reading

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Bishops respond to Obama announcement on contraceptive mandate

UPDATE: Full news release. SECOND UPDATE: Second statement by bishops on HHS mandate calls for its total rescission The following statement was just issued by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops: The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) sees initial … Continue reading

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Vatican confirms meeting of cardinals to approve new saints

You heard it here first! The Vatican today confirmed that, at the end of the Feb. 18 consistory, Benedict will hold a special session for all the cardinals to approve the canonization of new saints, including Blesseds Marianne Cope of … Continue reading

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An informal poll on the new WYD logo

You may have heard that the new World Youth Day logo was released last night in Rio de Janiero, where the next big international youth festival will be held next year. Here’s a look at one version of the new … Continue reading

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The pope’s talks on prayer

Pope Benedict XVI today continued a series of talks on prayer at his weekly general audience at the Vatican. Today he delved into our occasional feeling of being abandoned by God, highlighting Christ’s prayer from the cross, “My God, my God, … Continue reading

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Bishops criticize court ruling on same-sex marriage

Both the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the California Catholic Conference issued statements this afternoon criticizing the federal appeals court ruling  striking down the California ban on same-sex marriage. The USCCB news release: WASHINGTON—Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, president of the … Continue reading

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