Catholic News Headlines Dec. 21, 2009

Dec. 20, 7pm—Dec. 21, 7pm

American Life League (Encouraging Words)

THE NATIVITY SCENE – “We must seek to live what the nativity scene represents in the reality of our everyday lives: that is, the love of Christ, His humility and His poverty. “The blessing

American Life League (Judie Brown)

Was Mary’s Pregnancy Planned? – By Julia G. Schoch We have heard the story of Christ’s conception and birth so many times that maybe we are not even listening anymore. We often fail to learn a life

American Papist: Not Your Average Catholic!

Breaking: Nelson caves, Senate to probably pass pro-abortion bill tonight – I’ve been deluged with emails this weekend keeping me up to date on the rapid developments taking place in the health care debate. The most important news to absorb is

Papist Picture of the Day – 12/21/09 – Weird: Christian Elephants avenging religious persecutions in India? Vatican: John Paul II and Pius XII declared Venerable!!! Breaking: Nelson caves, Senate passes

Vatican: John Paul II and Pius XII declared Venerable!!! – HUGE news from over the weekend…. Pope Benedict XVI has signed a decree recognizing the late Pope John Paul II’s life of “heroic virtue.” With his signature, Benedict

Weird: Christian Elephants avenging religious persecutions in India? – This is a terribly strange story. The Archdiocese of Colombo website has a story posted on their website entitled ” ELEPHANTS ATTACK IN ORISSA – EXACTLY AFTER ONE YEAR

Catholic News Agency

Cincinnati receives new archbishop from Pope – Cincinnati, Ohio, Dec 21, 2009 / 03:28 pm ( CNA ).- The Archdiocese of Cincinnati welcomed the appointment of its new Archbishop on Monday. Pope Benedict XVI accepted

CNA services suspended until New Year – CNA STAFF, Dec 21, 2009 / 03:25 pm ( CNA ).- In commemoration of the birth of Christ, CNA will suspend its regular news service until the New Year, beginning Monday,

Venerable John Paul II’s life gives answers to society’s problems, Supreme Knight says – CNA STAFF, Dec 21, 2009 / 03:21 pm ( CNA ).- Following the declaration by Pope Benedict XVI that his predecessor John Paul II lived a life of “heroic virtue,” CNA spoke

Catholic Online > Home & Family

Review: ‘Poverty of Spirit’ – We are able to live a ‘poverty of Spirit’ because Jesus became poor for our sake and transformed …

Catholic Online > International News

Opinion: A Global One-Child Policy? – China should not be held up as a population control role model for the rest of the world but roundly condemned for …

Pope to Children of Catholic Action: Imitate Zacchaeus – ‘He always speaks to you of the ‘greater love’, capable of giving itself unlimitedly …

Pope: Christmas is God’s Response to the Human Drama – Christmas is not a children’s fable but God’s response to the drama of humankind as it seeks …

Supreme Knight: Venerable John Paul II’s Life Gives Answers to Society’s Problems – If John Paul II was still alive he would tell the faithful ‘to continue the new evangelization of our …

Catholic Online > Politics

Opinion: ‘Life was the Light of the Human Race’. Politics, Progress and Prudence – Participation in politics also requires prudence in rhetoric, our language of discourse.

To Bart Stupak on the Eve of Battle – In all likelihood, your resolve and leadership is going to be tested when the health-care bill passes in the …

US Bishops: Senate Bill Still Unacceptable – Despite last-minute efforts to improve the language on abortion and conscience rights in the Senate’s …

Catholic Online > U.S. News

R.I.P. John Edward Finn: Pro-Life Hero Goes Home to the Lord. Pro-Life Family continues His Work – John’s decades of pro-life leadership and activism began before Roe v. Wade.

Catholic Online > Video > Most Popular

Dec 21 – Homily: Why Does St Thomas Doubt? – We see here fallen human nature in an Apostle, in one who spent three years in close friendship with God. Ave Maria! St. Thomas, Apostle – Mass: EF, Mihi Autem –

Catholic Spiritual Direction

Where is the idea of spiritual direction found in scripture and tradition? – Q: Father John, is the idea of spiritual direction found in scripture? What is the basis for spiritual direction in scripture and/or tradition? A: Do you remember when

Catholics Come Home Blog

Bored at Mass? – Feeling “Bored at Mass?” Many Catholics haven’t had the opportunity to really learn what’s happening at Mass… By journeying through understanding the parts of the Mass,

From the Prayer Corner – Do you pray the Jesus Prayer ? The Jesus Prayer is short, but immensely powerful. It simply consists of the word “Jesus.” (Other variations include “Lord Jesus” or

Let us focus on loving our fallen-away Catholic relatives this Advent – At Catholics Come Home , we receive many e-mails from Catholics who pray fervently, especially during the season of Advent, for their sons, daughters, brothers, sisters,

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception – Today marks the Feast of the Immaculate Conception , the celebration of Mary being freed from original sin. But where do Catholics get this teaching of the Immaculate

Welcome to Lost and Found, the official Weblog of Catholics Come Home! – We are so excited to enter the “social marketing scene,” and dialog with Catholics, converts and non-Catholics about the mysteries of the Catholic Faith. If you’re like

CBCP News – Diocesan News

Amnesty Int’l salutes HR workers in Mindanao – DAVAO CITY, December 21, 2009—Calling it as an act of bravery, the Amnesty International salutes all the brave journalists, community volunteers, lawyers and advocates

Evacuees need used cartons – BACACAY, Albay, Dec. 21, 2009— Though the government has extended all possible assistance to Mayon volcano’s evacuees, they are still in need of used cartons to protect

Creative Minority Report

Avatar Or Apocalypto – I don’t have much time so I am going to keep this short. In the middle of the worst blizzard to hit the Northeast in recent memory, I went to the movies. Since it took

Christmas Conversation with My 4 Year Old – My four year old son walked up to me yesterday while I was setting the table for dinner. “Uhm” he asked hesitangly”Is it too late to add things to my Christmas list?” “I

Most Awkward Moment of TV…Ever! – I guess the only thing that makes this video OK is that I guess it was consensual. Call me uncultured but sometimes a man reading a poem to another man that isn’t the

Wait. I Thought Abstinence Was Unrealistic – Remember when abstinence was unrealistic. Well that was before Obama. Now liberals are all for it. But only for punishing conservatives. The Rock the Vote campaign is


Audiences – VATICAN CITY, 19 DEC 2009 (VIS) – The Holy Father today received in separate audiences: – Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life

Children of Catholic Action: Imitate Zacchaeus – CHILDREN OF CATHOLIC ACTION: IMITATE ZACCHAEUS VATICAN CITY, 19 DEC 2009 (VIS) – Children from Italian Catholic Action were received this morning by Benedict XVI who, in

Christmas Is God’s Response to the Drama of Humankind – VATICAN CITY, 20 DEC 2009 (VIS) – Bethlehem, considered as a symbol of peace, was the theme of the Pope’s reflections before praying the Angelus at midday today with

Declaration on the Protection of the Figure of the Pope – VATICAN CITY, 19 DEC 2009 (VIS) – This morning the Secretariat of State of the Holy See ordered the publication of the following declaration concerning the protection of

Decrees of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints – VATICAN CITY, 19 DEC 2009 (VIS) – The Holy Father today received in audience Archbishop Angelo Amato S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and

Descubierta por primera vez una casa de tiempos de Jesús en Nazaret – El hallazgo permite descubrir cómo era el estilo de vida en la localidad NAZARET, domingo 20 de diciembre de 2009 ( Por primera vez se ha descubierto una

John Paul II Closer to Canonization, Cause of Pius XII Advances – VATICAN CITY, DEC. 20, 2009 ( Benedict XVI authorized the decrees that recognize the heroic virtue of Popes John Paul II and Pius XII, which pushes them both

Mary MacKillop to Be Australia’s 1st Saint, Called a “True Inspiration” In a World Lacking Heroes – ADELAIDE, Australia, DEC. 20, 2009 ( At a time when heroes are hard to come by, Blessed Mary MacKillop — who is soon to become Australia’s first saint — is

Other Pontifical Acts – VATICAN CITY, 21 DEC 2009 (VIS) – The Holy Father: – Accepted the resignation from the office of auxiliary of the archdiocese of Monterrey, Mexico, presented by Bishop

Pope Benedict’s Environmentalism Concerned with “Ecology of Man,” Vatican Observer Writes – Rome, Italy, Dec 20, 2009 (CNA).- Pope Benedict XVI’s so-called
‘green revolution’ differs in key ways from parts of the environmentalist movement, Vatican expert Sandro

Pope Tells Children, Jesus “Never Forgets You” – Vatican City, Dec 19, 2009 (CNA).- Pope Benedict XVI met with the youngest members of the Italian Catholic Action group on Saturday morning for their traditional

Pope to Curia: 2009, A Year Passed Under the Sign of Africa – VATICAN CITY, 21 DEC 2009 (VIS) – Today in the Clementine Hall of the Vatican Apostolic Palace, the Holy Father held his traditional meeting with the cardinals,

Saints Are Part of the Present and Future of the Church – VATICAN CITY, 19 DEC 2009 (VIS) – At midday today the Pope received members, consultors, postulators and officials of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints for the

Sen. Nelson Accepts Reid Abortion Provisions, Upsets pro-life Community – Washington D.C., Dec 19, 2009 (CNA).- This afternoon Senator Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) announced that he will now vote for cloture on the Senate health care bill and for the

Sunday Angelus: Christmas Is Not a Fairytale for Children, It’s God’s Answer to Mankind’s Search for Peace – VATICAN CITY, DEC. 20, 2009 ( Christmas is much more than the season of Santa Claus and sugar plums; it’s God’s answer to mankind’s yearning for peace, says

U.S. Bishops: Senate Bill Still Unacceptable – WASHINGTON, D.C., DEC. 20, 2009 ( Despite last-minute efforts to improve the language on abortion and conscience rights in the Senate’s proposed health care

Faith and Family Live!

“Man”ifesto – Rebecca Teti: Says You: can khaki pants resurrect chivalry? | Have you seen the new “wear the pants” ad from Dockers? A girlfriend gives the ad a big thumbs up. She

From Bigs to Littles – Danielle Bean: Coffee Talk: Parenting | (Join each day’s Coffee Talk discussion: Mon: Parenting; Tues: Open Forum; Wed: NFP; Thu: Marriage; Fri: Education; Sat/Sun:

Helpful Strangers – Rachel Balducci: Staying sane with “the little way” | This morning I took the five boys out to do a little shopping. It would have been nice to have the shopping cart

Tell Us About Your Tree – Danielle Bean: What does your family do? | We finally put up our Christmas tree yesterday afternoon. “Now it’s SUPER almost-Cwismass!” squealed a very excited Daniel.

Your Mass Experience – Fr. John Bartunek, LC: How to make sure it bears good fruit | Q. What is the difference between those who find Mass something to be endured and those who find it deeply

Fallible Blogma

Annoyed when people say “Xmas” instead of Christmas? Should you be? – Have you ever heard about the plot to “X” Christ out of Christmas?  And so the secular celebraters of this holy-day (holiday) decided they were going to start using

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel – Christmas is almost here! This is one of my favorite Advent songs. Here are a few wonderful versions of it from Casting Crowns, Enya, Momon Tabernacle Choir, an a

Senate votes to expand abortion coverage, passes health care bill – The most important news to absorb is that Senator Nelson – at this point – has caved and is promising to support Senator Reid’s pro-abortion bill when it is voted upon

Fr. Frank Pavone’s Blog

“Messiah,” or “Christ” means “Anointed one.” – At midnight Mass of Christmas, we hear the glorious announcement that a Savior has been born for us. From the beginning of time, prophets announced that the Messiah of

Dr. King’s Christmas Sermon – Fr. Frank Pavone National Director, Priests for Life On Christmas of 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. preached the following words: “The next thing we must be concerned

The Feast of His Becoming Human – Christmas, for which we are now preparing, is not simply the feast of the birth of Christ; it is the feast of His becoming human, the reality called the Incarnation.

Kresta In The Afternoon

Today on Kresta – December 21, 2009 – Talking about the “things that matter most” on Dec. 21 Kresta Countdown of the top interviews of 2009 #40 – Polygamy and the Courts From the Mormon Church’s public

Analysis: How Nelson-Reid Compromise Allows Abortion Funding in Health Care – Washington, DC ( — Pro-life groups have spent most of Saturday morning furiously analyzing the Nelson-Reid compromise language on abortion funding in the

Ben Nelson Faces Pro-Life Rally, Backlash After Abortion-Health Care Sellout – Washington, DC ( — Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska faces a significant backlash after compromising his pro-life views on abortion by proposing language in

Ben Nelson Refused to Allow Pro-Life Group’s Input on Abortion Funding Deal – Washington, DC ( — Sen Ben Nelson is earning himself the ire of the majority of Americans who are pro-life on abortion with his 11th-hour deal allowing

House Abortion Advocates Unsure How to Respond to Reid-Nelson Abortion Deal – Washington, DC ( — The pro-abortion activists in the House of Representatives are unsure how to respond to the deal struck between senators Harry Reid and

Nelson-Reid Abortion Compromise Doesn’t Ban Abortion Funding in Health Care Bill – Washington, DC ( — Senator Ben Nelson announced today that he will become the crucial 60th vote that Democrats need to pass a government-run health care

Planned Parenthood, NOW, NARAL Oppose Abortion-Health Care Funding Deal – Washington, DC ( — Leading pro-abortion organizations are coming out in opposition to the new abortion funding “compromise” worked out by Senators Harry

Pro-Abortion Senators Hail Reid-Nelson Compromise on Abortion-Health Care – Washington, DC ( — Pro-abortion senators say they are pleased with the new abortion funding language that appears in the manager’s amendment Senate

Pro-Life Advocates Blast Reid-Nelson Health Care Abortion Funding Compromise – Washington, DC ( — The initial reaction from pro-life organizations and lawmakers to the compromise deal reached by Senate Leader Harry Reid and Nebraska

Reid-Nelson Compromise Leaves Open Abortion Funding on Indian Reservations – Washington, DC ( — Senate Republicans have analyzed the so-called new abortion funding compromise struck by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Nebraska

Senate Ends Filibuster on Manager’s Amendment to Pro-Abortion Health Care Bill – Washington, DC ( — The Senate has ended the filibuster against the manager’s amendment, the changes Senate Leader Harry Reid is sponsoring to the

Stupak Knocks Senate Abortion Health Care Compromise, Would Defeat It in House – Washington, DC ( — Rep. Bart Stupak, the pro-life Michigan congressman who led the fight against the abortion funding in the House, says he doesn’t approve

Wisconsin Senator Expands Call to Probe Planned Parenthood on Abortion Video – Madison, WI ( — A Wisconsin state senator is expanding his call for an investigation of a Planned Parenthood abortion center shown on an undercover video

“Craven Betrayal”: Associates Baffled by Nelson’s Mysterious About-Face – By Kathleen GilbertWASHINGTON, D.C., December 20, 2009 ( – After Senator Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) announced Saturday that he had decided to support the

Canadian Panel to Study Euthanasia Stacked with Pro-Euthanasia Academics – By Thaddeus M. BaklinskiOTTAWA, December 21, 2009 ( – The Royal Society of Canada, an association of scientists and scholars “dedicated to encouraging

Lila Rose Says Escort Assaulted her Outside Abortion Mill – SAN JOSE, California, Dec. 18, 2009 ( – Live Action Films president Lila Rose, the undercover investigator who has gained notoriety for videotaping

Mistrust Among Senators Thickens as Bill Hurtles Toward Christmas Eve Vote – By  Kathleen GilbertWASHINGTON, D.C., December 21, 2009 ( – The atmosphere of urgency that Democrats have propped up around the health care overhaul is

Senate Clears Major Health Care Vote 60-40 – By Kathleen GilbertWASHINGTON, D.C., December 21, 2009 ( – The U.S. Senate voted 1 a.m. Monday morning to close debate on the manager’s amendment to the

Study Finds Half of Women on “Birth Control Shot” Suffer Bone Problems – GALVESTON, Texas, December 21, 2009 ( – Nearly half of women using depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA), commonly known as the birth control shot,

UN General Assembly Eliminates Reference to “Sexual Orientation,” Gender Identity – By James TillmanNEW YORK, December 21, 2009 ( — Last Friday the United Nations General Assembly voted to delete language from a proposed resolution

Vatican Sends Anti-Communist Message with Sainthood Picks – By Hilary WhiteROME, December 21, 2009 ( – The Vatican has sent the world a message of Catholicism’s fundamental opposition to communism with the

Virginia Mother Gets Away with Infanticide Due to ‘Loophole’ in the Law – By Patrick B. CraineCAMPBELL COUNTY, Virginia, December 21, 2009 ( – A mother who suffocated her newborn baby earlier this month in Campbell County,

National Catholic Register Blog

Bishops Continue to Oppose Health Care Bill – By Tim Drake | Fox News is reporting that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are continuing to oppose the Senate health care bill saying that even with new

Health-Care Weekend Roundup – By The Editors | Here are a number of key links detailing the events of this past weekend regarding health-care reform. Saturday morning, Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson said

Pope Benedict’s Christmas Gift to the World – By Tim Drake | In a series of decrees issued Saturday, the Vatican approved miracles allowing for the canonization of five people, the beatification of five others, and

New Liturgical Movement

Ave Maria: The Offertory Chant – [ Live recording, contemporary ] From William Mahrt, editor of Sacred Music, comes this commentary on this past Sunday’s offertory chant. A striking fact is that many

Fr. Mauro Gagliardi on Liturgical Vestments and the Vesting Prayers – Some of our readers will no doubt be interested in Fr. Mauro Gaglariadi’s most recent column in Zenit from Dec. 18th, on the topic of the sacred liturgy, Liturgical

New Temporary Masthead – As many of you will know, the Vatican recently announced that it wished to protect the names and symbols of the Roman pontiff, including the papal office generally.

Solemn Mass of Msgr Pozzo in Rome’s Gesù e Maria – After having celebrated at the Roman Personal Parish for the Extraordinary Form, Most Holy Trinity of the Pilgrims (Ss. Trinità dei Pellegrini), in September, Mgr. Guido

The Catholic People Sing – Here are Catholics in Hilldale, Wisconsin, singing at a shopping in front of Macy’s — many popular chant hymns in Latin! This is just a fantastic way to do missionary

The Place of the People – The sloganeering about the centrality of the people at Catholic liturgy has been absolutely overwhelming for many decades. One could easily get the impression that the

OSV Daily Take

Does Avatar pander to pantheists? – By Mary DeTurris Poust I have not seen James Cameron’s latest mega-movie Avatar , but I’m sure at some point I will. Not because I love science fiction but because I am

Steve Ray

Did the Wise Men Meet the Shepherds? – Today at 6 PM Eastern I will be with Patrick Coffin on Catholic Answers Live. You can listen on-line here . We will be discussing Christmas, Bethlehem and the Birth of

On Catholic Answers Live Tonight – I will be the guest on Catholic Answers Live at 6 PM Eastern time talking about the Nativity. Hope you can join us! To listen on-line visit the Radio tab at Catholic

The Anchoress

The Challenge – “The issue is now clear. It is between light and darkness, and everyone must choose his side.” — reported last words of G. K. Chesterton

Wrapping our heads around the world at Christmas – So, Bookworm is sounding bummed out as she is quoting Mark Steyn : The liberal wing of the party—the Barney Franks, the David Obeys—are focused beyond November 2010, to

The Splendor of the Church

THE VENERABLE POPE JOHN PAUL THE GREAT – Pope John Paul the Great, the greatest Christian missionary of the modern times. Pope, Poet, Playwright, Author, Youth Animator and Preacher par excellence of the

THE VENERABLE POPE PIUS XII – Ven. Pope Pius XII leading the faithful in prayer Holy Father declares World War II Pope is Venerable Vatican City, December 19 ( CNA ) .- In a recent round of


Pope Accepts Resignation of Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk of Cincinnati; Co-Adjutor Archbishop Dennis Schnurr Succeeds – WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI has acaccepted the resignation of Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk, 75, from the pastoral care of the archdiocese of Cincinnati. He is

What Does The Prayer Really Say?

Dust up in Japan over new translation – In the UK’s weekly liberal fishwrap The Tablet (aka The Pill aka RU486) there is a note about a tussle over the new translation in Japan. JAPAN JAPAN’S BISHOPS have

How wouldst thou vote in our “Thou v. You” poll? – Maybe we could have a petition…. “What if we just said ‘Thee’?” …  How wouldst thou vote? n In an English translation of the Roman Missal what style would you

POLL ALERT: Le Figaro on Ven. Pius XII … AUX ARMES! – Aux armes, citoyens! In another entry I asked you readers to keep your eyes peeled for online POLLS about the decision of Pope Benedict XVI to promulgate the decree

QUAERITUR: priest says not to lift the chasuble during TLM – From a reader: Our TLM priest has asked the altar servers not to lift his chasuble during the elevations. Says it distracts him. Anyway, I was wondering if the chasuble

ZENIT RSS-Newsfeed

2009 Unfolded With an Africa Theme, Says Pope [2009-12-21] – Stresses Need for Reconciliation on All Levels

Archbishop Schnurr Leads Cincinnati Diocese [2009-12-21] – Pope Names Bishops in Canada and Kenya

Benedict XVI Recalls Yad Vashem Visit [2009-12-21] – Calls Experience “Overwhelming”

Benedict XVI: All Rights Reserved [2009-12-21] – Declaration Made on Use of Pope’s Name

Cancer Survivor Grateful to Blessed Mary MacKillop [2009-12-21] – Nun and Founder to Be Australia’s 1st Saint

Emmanuel, the Prayer and the Promise [2009-12-21] – Biblical Reflection for Vigil Mass for Christmas Eve Year C

Excavation Uncovers Nazareth Home from Jesus’ Time [2009-12-21] – Provides Unprecedented Window into Ancient Lifestyles

Hebrew-Speaking Catholics Affirm Pius XII’s Virtues [2009-12-21] – Say Only God Can Know if He Did Enough to Save Jews

Israel’s Hebrew-Speaking Catholics on Pius XII [2009-12-21] – “He Left His Mark on the Church in the 20th Century”

John Paul II’s Holiness Was “Unmistakable” [2009-12-21] – Supreme Knight Carl Anderson Reflects on Pontiff

Phoenix Bishop Affirms Church’s Role in the University [2009-12-21] – Underlines Importance of Evangelization

Pontifical Mission for Palestine Marks 60 Years [2009-12-21]

Spanish Journalist “Lolo” to Be Beatified [2009-12-21] – Pope Acknowledges Miraculous Healing


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