Catholic News Headlines Dec. 31, 2009


Dec. 30, 7pm—Dec. 31, 7pm

American Life League (Encouraging Words)

Share this article on Facebook PREPARING FOR A NEW YEAR – Each year that passes is a call to holiness in our ordinary life and a warning that we are that much nearer to the definitive moment of our meeting with God at death.

American Papist: Not Your Average Catholic!

Share this article on Facebook Happy New Year 2010 – 2009 has been quite a year in the world, and on AmP. Thank you to everyone who has read and contributed to my work. In a special way, thank you to everyone who has

Catholic News Agency

Share this article on Facebook Benedict XVI tells youth not to fear a religious vocation – Vatican City, Dec 31, 2009 / 05:10 pm ( CNA ).- On the last day of 2009, Pope Benedict XVI led first vespers at the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Basilica. In addition to

Catholic Online > International News

Share this article on Facebook Iraq: More Brutal Attacks Against Christians – A deacon seriously hurt. A Christian killed in front of his house on Christmas Eve. Nearly Two thousand Christians …

Catholic Online > U.S. News

Share this article on Facebook Commentary: Contend for the Future by Setting Freedom Free – When a Nation loses its conviction that the right to life is inalienable it loses freedom itself. It kills it — …

Share this article on Facebook Happy New Year: I Firmly Resolve… Can New Years Resolutions Work? – New Years Eve is a great existential moment, ripe with expectations. It invites a spiritually cathartic reflection …

Catholic Spiritual Direction

Share this article on Facebook Spiritual Direction Post and Series Index – Dear Friends, To make it easier for you to find key posts on spiritual direction we have updated our Spiritual Direction Index page. As well, we have ordered the posts

CBCP News – Diocesan News

Share this article on Facebook Archbishop: Let 2010 be a year of integrity – DAGUPAN CITY, Dec. 31, 2009—Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas has challenged his flock to live a life of integrity, as “Christians who teach by the power of

Creative Minority Report

Share this article on Facebook Allah Is Just Alright With Me – Malaysia’s highest court has finally ruled that Catholics (in particular a Catholic newspaper) has the right to use the word “Allah” to refer to God. The government had

Share this article on Facebook NARAL’s Hall of Fame – You thought the baseball Hall of Fame had image problems get a load of the NARAL Hall of Fame inductees which has announced it’s incoming class. And late-term

Share this article on Facebook PBS on Religion & Ethics. I Am Serious. – Did you know that PBS has a Religion & Ethics show? Watching PBS to get your info on religion and ethics seems strangely akin to watch the Food Network for thoughtful

EWTN News

Share this article on Facebook 37 Priests, Religious, Seminarians, Missionaries Killed in 2009 – December 31, 2009 The Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples has published biographies of the 30 priests, two seminarians, two women religious, and three lay

Share this article on Facebook Background: Papal Message for January 1, The World Day of Peace – December 31, 2009 On January 1, 2010, the Church commemorates the 43rd World Day of Peace. “If You Want to Cultivate Peace, Protect Creation” is the theme of Pope

Share this article on Facebook U.S. Postal Service Honors Mother Teresa with Stamp – December 31, 2009 Blessed Teresa of Calcutta will be honored with a United States postal stamp in 2010. �With this stamp, the U.S. Postal Service recognizes Mother

Faith and Family Live!

Share this article on Facebook Eating Out Again – Arwen Mosher: A first-year milestone | On January 3, 2009, my husband and I went out for a fancy dinner. I was eight months pregnant, and as we ate delicious fondue he

Share this article on Facebook End of the Year Accomplishments – Danielle Bean: Small Successes vol. 48 | It’s important for moms to recognize that all the small successes in our days can add up to one big triumph. So on Thursday of

Share this article on Facebook Let’s Talk About the Love of Your Life – Danielle Bean: Coffee Talk: Marriage | (Join each day’s Coffee Talk discussion: Mon: Parenting; Tues: Open Forum; Wed: NFP; Thu: Marriage; Fri: Education; Sat/Sun:

Share this article on Facebook Mama Mary Comes to Me – Sarah Reinhard: The Feast of Mary’s Motherhood | On January 1, one week from Christmas, we celebrate a feast that’s not only a holy day of obligation—Mary, the Mother of

Share this article on Facebook Saints of Christmas: Sylvester I – Rebecca Teti: The Seventh Day of Christmas | Born in Rome, St. Sylvester passed through the terrible Diocletian persecutions, winning acclaim among Christians of the

Share this article on Facebook What’s the Word? – Rachel Balducci: claiming one for the new year | Flitting around the Internet recently, I came across a brilliant idea: picking a one-word resolution for the new year. I

Fr. Frank Pavone’s Blog

Share this article on Facebook Conclusion of Another Year – The conclusion of another year should help us reflect upon what we have done and what we have failed to do. Tonight, an exchange is completed — God gives us the gift of

Kresta In The Afternoon

Share this article on Facebook Today on Kresta – December 30, 2009 – Talking about the “things that matter most” on Dec. 30 Kresta Countdown of the top interviews of 2009 #11 – Secular Sabotage: How Liberals Are Destroying Religion and

LifeNews.com

Share this article on Facebook Ben Nelson to Run Television Ad Defending Health Care-Abortion Compromise – Lincoln, NE (LifeNews.com) — One day after a new poll showed him tanking with Nebraska voters because of his decision to compromise his long-held pro-life views and

Share this article on Facebook Focus on the Family May Run Pro-Life Super Bowl Ad Featuring Tim Tebow’s Mom – Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — When football fans watch the Super Bowl next year, they may see a pro-life ad from Focus on the Family focusing on the mother of

Share this article on Facebook GOP Attorney Generals Threaten Lawsuit Against Pro-Abortion Health Care Bill – Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Thirteen Republican attorney generals are threatening a lawsuit against the pro-abortion health care bill. Although the suit would not

Share this article on Facebook Hillary Clinton Barely Edges Sarah Palin as Most Admired Woman in Gallup Poll – Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Pro-abortion Secretary of State Hillary Clinton barely edged pro-life former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin in a new Gallup

Share this article on Facebook Kansas Lawmaker Will Work Next Year to De-Fund Abortion, Planned Parenthood – Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — A Kansas state legislator says he will work in next year’s legislative session to de-fund abortion and the Planned Parenthood abortion

Share this article on Facebook NARAL Bashed for 2009 Hall of Fame Award, Could Honor Late-Term Abortionist – Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The top pro-abortion group NARAL is holding an end-of-the-year award voting process for its members. The award vote gives them a chance

Share this article on Facebook Obama, Abortion, Supreme Court, Health Care Dominate Pro-Life News in 2009 – Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — President Barack Obama, abortion, the Supreme Court and health care dominated pro-life news in 2009. As LifeNews.com looks back on the

Share this article on Facebook Planned Parenthood Found 2009 Difficult With Abortion Centers Closing Rapidly – Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion business in the United States, doing 305,310 abortions in its own facilities or just under

Share this article on Facebook Pregnancy Center in Arizona Severely Burned in Apparent Arson Attack – Whiteriver, AZ (LifeNews.com) — A pregnancy center in rural eastern Arizona that serves a predominantly native American population was severely burned in what appears

Share this article on Facebook Pro-Abortion Health Care Could Cost Democrats Control of House in 2010 Election – Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — With less than 48 hours before the 2010 calendar year begins and jut 11 months until the 2010 Congressional elections, prognosticators

Share this article on Facebook Scientists: Embryonic Stem Cell Research Showing Little Progress 28 Years Later – Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — In the 28 years that scientists have been toying with embryonic stem cells in animals and humans, not one human patient has even been

Share this article on Facebook Senator: Pro-Abortion Democrats Will Dominate Health Care Conference Committee – Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Senator Charles Grassley is confirming the expectation that the conference committee that will meet to reconcile the differences in the

National Catholic Register Blog

Share this article on Facebook Christmas Music – By JOHN BURGER | It’s New Year’s Eve. But, of course, it’s still Christmas. The Church is still celebrating the Octave of Christmas, and the Season of Christmas doesn’t

New Liturgical Movement

Share this article on Facebook How to Properly or Improperly Wear a Conical Chasuble – [The topic of conical chasubles has come up on the NLM a number of times, and usually going hand-in-hand with it is the question of how cumbersome they might be, how to

Share this article on Facebook Notre-Dame d’ Avenas – In searching out a few of the photographs for yesterdays post on Romanesque altars, I ran into this rather wonderful Romanesque church in France, Notre-Dame d’Avenas.

Share this article on Facebook The Sounds of Salvation: A Recreation of the Mass for St. Donatian by Jacob Obrecht – I’m excited to tell you about a thrilling project, a completed project about which I had previously heard nothing. It is a full reconstruction of a mass by Jacob Obrecht

OSV Daily Take

Share this article on Facebook Seize the day, or not – By Mary DeTurris Poust The New York Times ran an article this week about the human propensity to procrastinate. This wasn’t about putting off dreaded yard work or

Share this article on Facebook This year’s worst amateur theologian – By Mary DeTurris Poust If there was a “Worst Theologian of 2009″ category in the parade of annual year-end awards clogging up the media these days, there is no doubt it

The Anchoress

Share this article on Facebook “God has carved a place…” – One of the good things about a Catholic church is that it isn’t respectable; you can find anyone in it, from duchesses to whores, from tramps to kings. – Rumer Godden,

Share this article on Facebook A Young Filmmaker of Promise – Longtime readers may remember my posting a couple of film shorts written and directed by a Notre Dame student named Joe Gleason, a young man with an eye for beauty and a

Share this article on Facebook New Years Predictions? – Regular readers know I have made some predictions in the past that have panned out ( “…when Mrs. Clinton, in her ongoing effort to turn herself into whatever the polls

The Splendor of the Church

Share this article on Facebook ANG HULING SUGO! – The Calling of Sts. Peter and Andrew by Caravaggio Anonymous(Catholic) said… Fr. ABe, May itatanong po ako, sa mga inc kasi sabi nila huling sugo daw si felix Manalo,

Share this article on Facebook SIMPLE TRIBUTE TO MARY ON HER FEAST AS THEOTOKOS: MARY THE SPECULUM JUSTITIAE – THE MIRROR OF JUSTICE – MADONNA DEL VELO. The Blessed Mother contemplates the face of her Son and pondered everything in her heart. Thus, she was able to live a perfect Christian Life. *******

What Does The Prayer Really Say?

Share this article on Facebook 1st Vespers in St. Peter’s: Pope Benedict’s exhoration to vocation – During 1st Vespers of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, with the singing of the Te Deum for the end of the year, the Holy Father said, in my translation: Dear

Share this article on Facebook A priest “ties one on” for the New Year! – From a priest friend and reader in an e-mail entitled simply: MANIPLE In honor of Fr. Z, I’m tying one on tonight, and tomorrow morning! Happy New Year! I love it when a

Share this article on Facebook Blue moon eclipse revisited – One of you readers caught the partial eclipse of the blue moon! Very cool. Post from: WDTPRS Blue moon eclipse revisited Post from: WDTPRS Blue moon eclipse revisited

Share this article on Facebook Happy New Year of Salvation 2010! – May God bless you all abundantly for this New Year of Salvation. Have any resolutions? Post from: WDTPRS Happy New Year of Salvation 2010! Post from: WDTPRS Happy New

Share this article on Facebook Jesuits comment on the new translation, and get it right – A couple weeks ago in my column for The Wanderer I spoke of the work of Christine Mohrmann.  Also, I have on various occasions opined that sometimes it is okay for

Share this article on Facebook Rush taken to hospital for chest pain – In a FOXNews story: HONOLULU —  Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh was taken to a hospital with chest pains on Wednesday, a Honolulu television station

Share this article on Facebook Spaghetti al seminario – I mentioned on Plurk/Twitter that I was going to make what I call “spaghetti al seminario”.  This is pretty simply stuff and you can put it together with brutal speed.

Share this article on Facebook This is too cool: BLUE MOON ECLIPSE! – Space Weather News for Dec. 31, 2009 BLUE MOON ECLIPSE:  For the first time in almost 20 years, there’s going to be a “Blue Moon” on New Year’s Eve.  In Europe, sky

Share this article on Facebook WDTPRS: Mary, Mother of God (2002MR) – A look at the prayers for tomorrow’s Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God in the 2002MR. COLLECT (2002MR) Deus, qui salutis aeternae, beatae Mariae virginitate fecunda,

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