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Headlines for February 01, 2012

Released Wednesday, Feb. 1

White House denies health-care mandate violates Catholic consciences

The White House has denied that requiring contraceptive coverage in health-care plans poses a threat to religious liberty. Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, told reporters at a January...

Imitate Jesus in Gethsemane, accepting God's will, Pope urges faithful

Continuing his series of weekly talks on the prayer life of Christ, Pope Benedict XVI spoke on February 1 about the prayer the Jesus offered in the Garden of Gethsemane. The Pope remarked that...

Philadelphia judge says abuse remains widespread in Catholic Church

The presiding judge in the trial of a Philadelphia archdiocesan official has raised new doubts about her impartiality by claiming that sexual abuse of children remains common in the Catholic...

Cardinal Bevilacqua dead at 88

Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, who served as Archbishop of Philadelphia from 1988 until his retirement in 2003, died in his sleep on January 31 at the age of 88. His death came days after a...

Senator Rubio offers bill to roll back Obama mandate

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida has introduced legislation that would rescind the Obama administration's mandate for contraceptive coverage in all health-care plans. Senator Rubio's proposal, the...

'Corruption' stories show deep divisions within Vatican

A spate of stories about alleged financial mismanagement at the Vatican highlights the sharp conflicts within the Roman Curia, writes leading Vatican journalist Andrea Tornielli. Tornielli makes...

Australian pundit says Pope had no right to remove dissident bishop

An Australian judge has written that Pope Benedict XVI violated “natural justice” when he removed Bishop William Morris from leadership in the Toowoomba diocese. Judge W. J. Carter’s finding was...

Leading Southern Baptist backs bishops on contraception mandate

The president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary says that he supports the United States bishops’ opposition to the Obama administration’s contraception-coverage mandate. “You at least have...

Traditionalist donors charge outgoing El Paso bishop misused funds

A group of Texas parishioners has filed suit against the outgoing Bishop of El Paso, claiming that he misused funds that they had donated to encourage the use of the traditional Latin Mass. Five...

Zambia: bishops oppose government, UN on Rwandan refugees

The bishops of Zambia are opposing efforts by the nation’s government and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to repatriate Rwandan refugees. “Zambia has always been an oasis of...

India: bulldozers desecrate Christian cemetery

Christians in India have decried the desecration of a cemetery in the Gujarat state, noting that the destruction of tombstones was not the work of work of isolated vandals but an organized effort...

Times columnist: HHS mandate threatens non-government associations

Writing for The New York Times, Ross Douthat makes the case that the Obama administration’s contraception-coverage mandate threatens the freedom of non-governmental voluntary...

Profile of thriving Catholic schools

Amid continued Catholic school closures nationwide, Jim Graves of Catholic World Report profiles five thriving Catholic schools. “Students know what’s acceptable and what’s not, and we openly...

Pope Benedict’s prayer intentions for February 2012

The Vatican has announced the prayer intentions of Pope Benedict XVI for February 2012. The Pope's general intention is “that all peoples may have access to water and other resources needed for...

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