Nigerian Catholics Respond to Attack
With Prayer and Fasting
LAGOS, NIGERIA, November 13 -- After his parish in southern Nigeria was desecrated on Nov. 4, Monsignor Obiora F. Ike called on his parishioners to observe a week of prayer and penance.


Papal Nuncio: Catholic Division
Undermines Religious Freedom
SOUTH BEND, IN, November 12, 2012 -- Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano has told the University of Notre Dame that there is a concrete “menace” to religious liberty in the U.S. that is advancing in part because some influential Catholic public figures and university professors are allied with those opposed to Church teaching.


Post election comment 2012 Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Chair USCCB Subcommittee on Defense and Promotion of Marriage

Bishops’ Defense Of Marriage Chair
Calls For Prayer, Renewed Culture Of Marriage
WASHINGTON, DC, November 7  Marriage protection efforts in state referenda not successful.  "Marriage needs to be strengthened ... not redefined," Archbishop Cordileone says.  All people called "to build a renewed culture of marriage and the family".  


Highlights of the Synod From
Vatican Observer Sandro Magister
VATICAN CITY, November 5, 2012 – The most concrete proposals. The most significant remarks. The surprises from Norway and Cambodia. The most applauded of all: a young catechist from Rome. The countermelody of the superior general of the Jesuits


Marriage Campaigns Get Ugly
Tight Battle in ME and WA
Cautious Optimism in MD and MN
Prayers Needed
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, November 5, 2012 -- Of the four states in which the future of marriage is on the ballot, Maine and Washington are states in which gay rights organizations are focusing the greatest attention. If they are able to convince voters to redefine marriage, it will be the first time this has happened anywhere. The stakes are very high. So high, in fact, that the supporters of redefining marriage are stepping up incidences of vandalism and intimidation, trying to silence those witnessing the truth about marriage, the reality that unites a man and a woman with each other and any children born from their union.


One Day Before Election
Catholic Vote Remains Good Indicator
WASHINGTON D.C., November 5, 2012-- With polls still disagreeing on which presidential candidate holds the lead just one day before the election, political analysts believe Catholics will continue to be an influential indicator of what the general electorate will decide. 


New Romney Ad Reaches Out to
Catholic Voters
WASHINGTON D.C., November 6, 2012 -- The Romney campaign released a new television ad on Nov. 4 to appeal to Catholic voters, citing the Obama administration's controversial HHS mandate.


Irish Referendum:
State's Responsiblity for Children
To Trump Parents'
CORK, IRELAND, November 5, 2012 -- On November 10th 2012, Irish citizens will vote on a referendum aimed at amending the Constitution in regard to the role of the State towards children. The implications of the wording of the amendment are subtle and difficult to perceive for a non-expert. Though the change in the proposed wording can be seen as minor, its effects are potentially considerable. It is nothing less than a philosophical shift on the understanding of the society: whereas the State or the Family is the primary protector of children.


US Bishops Launch
Religious Freedom Website
WASHINGTON D.C., November 6, 2012 -- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has created a new website dedicated to encouraging education, prayer and public action to protect religious freedom at home and abroad.


Evangelization Synod Hits Optimistic Note 
in Message to Faithful

VATICAN, October 26, 2012 -- The synod of bishops on the New Evangelization released a “message to people of God” Oct. 26, emphasizing hope in the face of an increasingly secular culture, because Christ promises salvation.


Archbishop Chaput: Be Catholic before you are Democrat or Republican
ROME, October 25, 2012 -- As the country approaches election day in two weeks, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia is encouraging Catholic voters to place their faith above their allegiance to political parties. 


Cardinal George speaks of martydom secularization culture

Cardinal George Warns US Secularization
Is More Serious than Elections
Fears Imprisonment, Martyrdom for Successors

CHICAGO, IL, October 23, 2012 -- Cardinal Francis George of Chicago has said that the “secularizing” of American culture is a “much larger issue” than political causes or the outcome of the presidential elections, warning against a rise of anti-religious sentiment and restating his fears of a future persecution in the United States.


Archbishop Savatore Cordileone defense of marriage not about  "same-sex marriage" or homosexuality

Bishops’ Defense Of Marriage Chair
Decries Latest DOMA Ruling
"Its a Matter of Basic Rights"
WASHINGTON, October 19, 2012—In response to a decision on October 18 by a divided federal appeals court panel to strike down part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, issued the following comment expressing disappointment over the ruling.


Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

CCG Special:
Manipulation of Words Obscures Truth

Archbishop Martin Tells Synod Fathers
VATICAN, October 18, 2012-- At the synod today, Catholic News Agency reported, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin warned about “the manipulation of language and the management of information where the meaning of words is changed and manipulated for commercial, ideological or political motives.” This obsures truth and confuses youth.


Federal Appeals Court Rules Against Defense of Marriage Act
- A federal appeals court struck down a key portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in a New York case, renewing calls for the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the issue of “same-sex marriage.”




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