December 30

Nigerian bishop cancels New Year's Eve night Masses
Parishes alter celebrations in wake of terror bombings

Massive gov't prevents charities from doing work
Religious liberty in grip of 'leviathan welfare state'

Conference examines Catholic school affordability
State voucher & tax credit schemes need more support

Pope's 2012 calendar may include calling consistory
Roster of voting-age cardinals to see many 'vacancies'

December 29

Persecution of Christians intensifies in Nigeria
Retaliation against Islamists spawns fears of war

Teacher fired for using artificial insemination
Diocese insists single mother violated her contract

Cuba releases thousands of lesser prisoners
'Humanitarian gesture' responds to Church requests

Bishops maintain religious liberty media battle
'In the name of tolerance, we’re not being tolerated'

December 28

More Church of England 'defections' expected
Women bishops may prompt hundreds to 'cross the Tiber'

New Jersey: Twelve pro-life nurses win in court
Judge defends right to refuse to assist in abortions

Kansas abortion clinic manager on trial for assault
Pro-life woman was 'body-slammed' to the ground by him

Milwaukee priests form alliance with abuse victims
Group calls for more transparency from church officials

December 27

Nigeria: Christmas church bombings condemned
Dozens killed & wounded by extreme Islamist group

Pope prays for peace and true joy at Christmas
'Bright lights hide the mystery of God's humility'

Cardinal George compares gay rights groups to KKK
Hears common 'Catholic Church is the enemy' rhetoric

Wisconsin pro-life groups divided over proposal
Personhood amendment mired like previous states' efforts

Evangelicals join bishops in HHS mandate fight
Sixty leaders voice their objection to Obamacare rule

Pope gives Curia 'State of the Church' address
Proclaiming Gospel to modern world will be key theme

Vatican Secret Archives exhibit being readied
Priceless documents to go on rare public display

San Francisco church disinvites gay ministers
Archbishop urges parish to focus on Christ over self

December 22

Holy Land patriarch voices concern for Christians
Protection of minorities must accompany big changes

N.Y. woman is subject of Bl. Marianne Cope miracle
65-year-old was inexplicably healed of pancreatitis

Vatican: No plans to limit Sistine Chapel visitors
Michelangelo frescoes threatened by harmful dust buildup

Unknown buyer snaps up web address
Vatican declines preemptive domain extension purchase

NASA technology helping preserve Vatican holdings
1,800-year-old manuscripts saved in space-age format

Pope: 'Celebrate a truly Christian Christmas'
It's a 'story of love between God and human beings'

Half a million German children to carol for charity
Street-corner 'Star Singers' collect for poor kids

Vatican hosts unusual Christmas Latin test
Students took exam with cell phones & cardinals' help

December 21

Washington boy is subject of Bl. Kateri miracle
Story includes flesh-eating bacteria, a divine encounter

Chinese cathedral hosts baptism of 270 catechumens
Priest: 'We brought the Gospel outside the church door'

Canada: Child-porn abuser bishop gives apology
'Deep down, I desired to be found out,' he tells court

Illinois bishops publicly correct governor again
Quinn mischaracterized their private meeting to media

Iowa evangelicals divided among GOP candidates
Groups see split vote handing win to moderate Romney

Notre Dame Univ. proposes Obamacare compromise
Weak idea fails to protect Catholics & other groups

End of the world predicted (again), for today!
Modern Mayans welcome attention over their calendar

England: Catholics and Anglicans share a church
Venture is 'amazing witness' & 'the right thing to do'

December 20

Half world's 2.3 billion Christians are Catholic
New Pew Forum study gives extensive data on religion

Blessed Kateri, Marianne Cope to be canonized
Pope approves seven new saints, including 2 from U.S.

Canada: Disgraced bishop's sentencing continues
Psychiatrist: child porn-possessor is not a pedophile

South Bend sells property to Catholic high school
ACLU-blocked deal proceeds as sole bid in city auction

Brit. Prime Minister: U.K. is a Christian nation
Cameron takes stand for Christian values & roots

S. Korean bishops renew hope for reunification
Death of Kim Jong Il could be turning point for peace

Kansas City Star accused of bias against priest
Writer rapped for 'guilty until proven innocent' tone

Church agencies aid flood victims in Philippines
Intense storm leaves hundreds dead, hundreds missing

December 19

Mich.: Catholic student bullied by gay teacher
Boy thrown out of classroom for objecting to advocacy

Senate reauthorizes Religious Freedom Commission
Persecution-tracking group saved by last-minute vote

42 Ethiopian Christians arrested in Saudi Arabia
Detaining dozens at one time is unprecedented action

Cubans march to honor Virgin of Charity of Cobre
Procession seen by tens of thousands; first in decades

Christmas schedule calls attention to Pope's age
Colleagues see him as tired & weak but still healthy

Tougher abortion clinic regulations set for Penna.
Media exposure of horrid Philly clinic brings reform

Hildegard of Bingen to be made Doctor of Church
Twelfth century nun was a pioneer in various fields

Ill. governor has 'pastoral' meeting with Cardinal
Discuss his public disagreements with Church teaching

December 16

Dutch issue large-scale institutional abuse report
Estimates over 10,000 children abused over six decades

Anti-Irish, anti-Catholic cartoonist up for honor
New Jersey Hall of Fame bid fought by Hibernians, Knights

Virginia: adoption agencies get conscience protection
Can refuse same-sex adoptions & foster care placements

Evidence of Archbishop Sheen miracle goes to Rome
Peoria Catholics reach milestone in sainthood cause

Minn.: tests show 'blood-red' host is no miracle
Water-soaked fragment was discolored by a fungus

Marriage rates in U.S. are at a record low
51% of adults are now married, compared to 72% in 1960

Britain's Chief Rabbi is allied with Christians
Sacks worries Europe's losing its Judeo-Christian soul

'Keep Christ in Christmas' ads in full swing again
Prominent Knights of Columbus campaign began in the 1960s

December 15

Senate blocks Obama's gay-advocate ambassador
Appointee to El Salvador pushes for homo 'values'

N.Y. may lift statute of limitations on abuse
Church & other institutions could face more lawsuits

Minn. bigot lawyer hurls more outlandish slurs
Calls judge 'Popess', writes of vast Jesuit conspiracy

Colombian bishops join gov't in U.S. adoption case
American homosexual activist attempts to adopt 2 boys

Court clears nun of baby-selling allegations
Missionaries of Charity orphanage harassed by charge

Lesbian parents reject school's admission offer
Australian bishop's intervention comes to naught

Burma: 50,000 displaced Christians flee military
Catholics and Baptists provide humanitarian assistance

Gingrich holds Catholics' interest on issues
Strengths are pro-life, marriage, religious liberty

December 14

Mass attendance in Dublin, Ireland down to 14%
Decade ahead most challenging since 1829 emancipation

Church school rejects child of same-sex parents
Aussie bishop intervenes, forces admittance of girl

Springfield bishop holds repentance ceremony
Diocese's apology for abuse is modeled on JPII's

Excommunication lifted for nun that ok'd abortion
Ariz. hospital: She met requirements for reinstatement

Catholics call girl the 'Maria Goretti of Pakistan'
Diocese to evaluate case from a spiritual perspective

Cardinal De Paolis ordains 49 priests for Legion
Most come from Mexico, then U.S., Brazil, Colombia

Italy's bishops willing to revisit tax idea
Church pressured to do its part in debt resolution

Ontario anti-bullying bill subverts curriculum
Province forces mixed message into Catholic schools

December 13

N. Korea furious over border Christmas lights
Display seen as Christian proselytizing, 'warfare'

Thirty Latino bishops issue letter on immigration
Push for humane laws, don't treat illegals as criminals

Iowa nuns begin immigration billboard campaign
Effort precedes caucuses and election year events

Rick Santorum criticizes bishops' reform ideas
Candidate backs legal immigration process with rules

Catholic League files complaint on bigot-lawyer
Donohue: 'If I had it my way, she would be disbarred'

S.C. diocese's abuse policy covers social media
Church personnel: No email or online games with minors

Pope speaks to Italian bankers on economic issues
Crucial concept: Persons are more important than things

Good Evangelical-Catholic relations key in election
Despite baggage, Gingrich gets wider Christian support

December 12

Church in Italy pressured to start paying taxes
Properties with a 'commercial function' eyed for revenue

Experts blast claim that nuns need contraception
Report misled, ignored negative side effects of Pill

New Calif. law mandates 'gay history' at school
Gays on list of minorities that curriculum must cover

Another child-porn arrest stuns Pittsburgh faithful
Church employee blows whistle, abuser-priest jailed

U.S. religious freedom commission may close
Shut-down shows 'downgraded' status in foreign policy

Admired media expert Cardinal John Foley dies
Was voice for the Vatican's Christmas Midnight Mass

Chaput warns Philly of difficult year ahead
'Very serious' financial issues & abuse trials loom

Australia: Catholic agency accused of big fraud
Gov't pays out for false claims of helping job seekers

December 9

HHS Secretary Sebelius limits morning-after pill
Overrules FDA idea to sell Plan B to under-17 girls

H. Clinton: Gay rights and human rights are same
Gay rights worldwide is a U.S. foreign policy priority

Lawyers object to Bevilacqua's pretrial testimony
Dementia prevents recognition of even his longtime aide

Minn.: Bigoted lawyer faces possible sanction
Her client accuses bar association of Church ties

Huge Vietnamese Catholic church built in Texas
Immigrants sacrifice to provide quality materials

Catholics protest blasphemous play in Paris
Effort is latest push against 'Christianophobia'

Report: Pro-life groups are censorship targets
Canadian universities fail to protect free speech

Bl. Marianne Cope advances toward sainthood
Vatican recognizes second miracle attributed to her

December 8

Rainbow Sash Movement leader issues challenge
Proposes debate with Archbishop Dolan on gay marriage

Researchers suggest allowing nuns to take Pill
Contraceptives would reduce their high cancer risk

Dolan: 'Bravo' to Penn State treatment center
University plans Center for the Protection of Children

One-third of 2011's new priests were foreign-born
Big challenge is overcoming language/accent issues

Aussie opposition leader to fight gay marriage
Pol holds traditional view, will keep party in line

European study: Believers are happiest people
Religious practice has significant happiness effect

Vatican proposes day advocating Christians' rights
Spotlighting persecution of Christians may spur action

Two U.S. Catholic evangelists to advise Vatican
Curtis Martin and Ralph Martin to serve on council

December 7

R.I. governor creates hubbub with 'holiday' tree
Event spurs protest, debate of political correctness

Atheists' billboard elicits yawns this Christmas
Catholic League declines to rebut weakened message

'Equality' in Brit royal succession is thorny issue
Monarch's role as head of Church of England questioned

Canada: Gay-straight alliances forced on schools
New anti-bullying law pushes 'sexual tolerance' agenda

USCCB expert likes Gingrich's immigration stance
'Humane' approach is unique in GOP candidate field

Egypt: Extremists' election success sparks fear
Christians see Islamists' huge gain in first round

Philly Catholic school principal placed on leave
Inappropriate behavior alleged, diocese acts quickly

Newman Society report blasts Jesuit conferences
'Sexual diversity' talks undermine Church teaching

December 6

Catholic ad targets Obama on religious liberty
Seeks to influence final decision on HHS mandate

India: Church to boycott state Christmas events
Protest over unfounded arrest of nun at orphanage

San Francisco loses big tax case against Church
Greed and political motives questioned in attempt

Mexico-to-NYC relay honors Our Lady of Guadalupe
5,000 runners participate in annual tag-team event

Young Democrats launch 'faith & values' platform
Initiative aims to please liberal religious adherents

Candidate Gingrich reaffirms his pro-life beliefs
Recent criticism prompts repeat of 'longstanding' view

Pakistani Christian couple beaten by police
Destitution, possible miscarriage follow injustice

Gaudi exhibition is popular Vatican attraction
'God's architect' was Christian in word and in action

December 5

N.Y. Archbishop Dolan to speak at Notre Dame Univ.
School kicks off pro-life Project on Human Dignity

Sacramento diocese acts quickly in abuse case
Priest surrenders one day after bishop calls police

Chinese families seek good American high schools
Conn. Catholic diocese sees surge in overseas students

Pittsburgh diocese wisely reuses religious articles
Warehouse keeps items to supply future parishes' needs

Missouri diocese hires child protection director
New department formed after bishop-prosecutor deal

Iraqi Islamists attack Christian-owned properties
Violence triggered by fundamentalist imam's sermon

Congo: Church warns officials of violent reaction
Possible electoral fraud may trigger major unrest

Jesuit writes book on the importance of mirth
Serious types need 'permission to be joyful Christians'

December 2

Report: huge organ-harvesting program in China
Lucrative demand kills political, religious prisoners

Detroit Catholics blast church-closing plans
Activist Bishop Gumbleton decries 'abandoning' city

Catholic U. president offers countercultural idea
Respect, friendship and love surpass casual sex

Obama's HHS officials deny anti-Catholic bias
Claim: Gave more money to Church agencies than Bush

Scotland: Marriage defenders march to Parliament
'Ferocious opposition' deals blow to same-sex plan

Minnesota courts stunned by religious slurs
Lawyer writes of 'dirty Catholics' and 'priest's boy'

El Paso Bishop Ochoa named to Fresno, Calif.
His L.A. experience, Hispanic heritage are assets

Controversial pro-life principal leaves school
Winnipeg Catholic officials won't comment on case

December 1

Archdiocese of Detroit to close 48 parishes
Demographics force change in city, inner suburbs

Ireland: Audits of abuse in 6 dioceses released
Critics call it 'a whitewash and an insult to victims'

Florida bishop issues ultimatum at Red Mass
If health care rules stay, diocesan insurance goes

Pope praises groups' work to ban death penalty
Rome meeting includes delegation from Illinois

Second Iranian nuclear facility has explosion
Western, Israeli suspicions and tensions rise

New Mass translation: 'Return of proper English'
Welcome back comma, adjectives, subordinate clauses

N.Y. bishops helped by papal ad limina visit
Topics: immigrants, abuse scandal, parish closings

German citizen tells Pope to wear his seat belt
Complaint regarding slow-moving popemobile amuses

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