January 31

Calif. hierarchy stands against federal 'dragnet'
Bishops join unusual allies on illegal immigration

New 'Protect Our Conscience' initiative launched
Guides citizens in voicing opposition to HHS mandate

HHS mandate: An edict delivered with a sneer
Post writer: Obama plays his Catholic allies for fools

Poland: Catholic station denied digital TV space
National body discriminates in 96% Catholic country

Ill.: Catholic Social Services becomes 'Christian'
Name and identity change pushed by gay adoptions law

Boston to have only one all-girls high school
Closings, mergers, demographics smother tradition

Former Italian President Scalfaro dies at 93
Devout Catholic was man of rare honor and integrity

N.Y. bookkeeper charged with stealing $1 million
'Religious woman' had unchecked prior criminal record

January 30

Military archbishop laments U.S. legacy in Iraq
Invasion led to 'tremendous diminution' of Christians

U.S. clergy read out protest letters at Masses
Bishops organize nationwide push against HHS rule

Protestant layman heads Loyola Marymount Univ.
Non-Catholic is left to 'carry on' Jesuit tradition

Archbp. Dolan talks natural law at Fordham Law
It's 'a natural, human thing' not necessarily Catholic

Rabbis face off over book about 'Kosher Jesus'
Schochet condemns 'evangelical' book as 'heretical'

Scholar punches holes in pro-cohabitation study
Findings based on 'thin' goal of individual happiness

Leprosy 'coming back to remote areas' of Asia
Bangladesh had been declared 'clean' 13 years ago

French president rejects secularists' effort
Sarkozy encourages Church to spread its message

January 27

Man charged in priest's death found dead in jail
Mississippi officials call it a 'possible suicide'

Fla.: Hispanic support for Obama is tapering off
Key Latino voting bloc tilting toward GOP candidate

Ontario school gay-straight alliances change names
'Respecting Difference' clubs de-emphasize advocacy

Rhode Is.: Atheist student faces town's wrath
School prayer lawsuit brings revilement, threats

Illinois bishop calls all to 'assertive action'
Jenky blasts growing atheist, secularist intolerance

Canada: B.C. Supreme Court keeps polygamy ban
Court cites risk of harm to women and children

Pittsburgh bishop bluntly translates HHS mandate
It's 'a slap in the face' that says 'To Hell with you!'

Sunday collections are on the rise in Boston
Greater parishioner support is news after past decade

January 26

Ordinariate head expects more Anglican converts
Leader discusses conversion, the Pope, and the USCCB

Penna. bishop catches heat for public school quip
McFadden likens school systems to WWII fascist regimes

Monsignor's lawyer says he was thrown 'under bus'
Lynn won't bear the blame alone for Penna. abuse cover-up

Warren Buffett funds anti-Catholic front groups
Catholics for Choice & its ilk depend on billionaire

Virginia parish bans Girl Scouts activities
Ties to Planned Parenthood foul group's reputation

Fla. businessman defrauds priests & prep school
Cuban-Americans fleeced of $135 million, Ponzi style

Archbp. Dolan airs feelings of betrayal by Obama
Mandate decision doesn't square with prior assurances

Even the Washington Post objects to HHS mandate
Newspaper joins CRS and Catholic Charities in protest

January 25

Female feticide comes to West with immigration
'Missing women' phenomenon will challenge feminists

Ottawa parishes have strict money-handling rules
Sunday collections now go into 'tamper-evident' bags

Pope reminds us: 'Silence is a precious commodity'
World Day of Communication message stresses balance

Archbp. Chaput speaks on dignity of the disabled
Most Down Syndrome babies are aborted as 'undesirable'

Rep. Chris Smith speaks on contraception mandate
Obama's HHS forces 'Catholic health care to cease to be'

Maryland governor tries again on gay marriage
O'Malley seeks religious support for rewritten bill

Tim Tebow inspires and motivates Catholics too
Displaying virtue is 'what heroes are supposed to do'

Christian victim of forced marriage escapes
Pakistani woman flees, ten years after kidnapping

January 24

President Obama offends even the Catholic 'left'
Liberal icons decry White House's attack on faith

D.C. March for Life welcomes enormous crowd
House Speaker John Boehner headlines at rally

Canadaís medical journal sounds abortion alarm
Female feticide forces examination of all 'choices'

Two Philly schools raise $1 million to stay open
Cash strengthens their appeal to diocesan committee

Cuban bishop, priest protect dissidents from mob
Hunger striker's death sparks protests, retaliations

Catholic leaders criticize 'troubling' mandate
Bill Donohue: 'This issue isnít going to go away'

First parish is received by U.S. Ordinariate
Former Episcopal church gets to keep their building

Church promotes adult stem cell research
Vatican commits 'substantial' resources to effort

January 23

Obama: Contraceptives mandate applies to all
Sebelius gives Catholics an extra year to comply

Dolan urges Catholics: lobby for religious freedom
Recent federal actions are contrary to Bill of Rights

Wales: Church criticizes organ donation proposal
Gov't moves from voluntary donation to presumed consent

Obama releases statement on Roe anniversary
'I remain committed to protecting...' abortion

Abortion rate of disabled babies is 80 percent
Chaput: We need to restore respect for human dignity

Huge hospital system cuts its religious ties
Catholic Healthcare West aims to ease mergers, grow

Pope speaks on unity during world Week of Prayer
Achieve Christian unity through personal conversions

L'Osservatore Romano praises controversial show
This exhibition of 'plastinated' bodies claims consent

January 20

New Hampshire House defunds Planned Parenthood
'Time to get N.H. taxpayers out of the abortion business'

Pope warns U.S. bishops of 'radical secularism'
We must understand the 'grave threats' to our faith

Chinese prelate appeals for release of Catholics
Detention of nine bishops and priests 'damages China'

Canadians are against sex-selection abortions
If it's wrong for girl babies, isn't it for boys too?

Long-term decline in abortion rates has stalled
Global total number of abortions: 43.8 million in 2008

Newt pushes Romney to address pro-life issues
Mitt defends himself on Romneycare & voting record

Pro-abort activist: Roe reversal equals slavery
Ideologue anticipates 'free states and slave states'

Pope creates new Science and Faith Foundation
Serves as bridge between various pontifical efforts

January 19

Rick Santorum may have won in Iowa by 34 votes
Des Moines Register reports latest caucus count

New Mexico bishops back governor on abortion law
Gov is 'alarmed' at absence of parental notification

Bishop: We must continue fight over immigration
25% of deportees are from a family with a U.S. citizen

Are the English bishops stalling the ordinariate?
New U.S. ordinariate has headquarters, England doesn't

Iceland: 17 adults accuse Church of past abuse
All were school students or church summer campers

Newly installed N.Y. priest removed from post
Immigrant has child, born during first seminary year

Oregon: Dominican keeps his post in shopping mall
Elderly preacher meets humanity in the marketplace

Sunken cruise ship chaplain defended the Eucharist
Priest witnessed crew's efforts and personal sacrifice

January 18

Nigerian bombing mastermind escapes custody
Sect gang members attack police escort, free him

Obama foreign policy prioritizes 'gay liberation'
Expert: State Dept. has pushy 'LGBT working group'

Court strikes decision for mentally ill woman
Abortion, sterilization were ordered for 32-year-old

Rick Perry points out Santorum's Catholicism
Rival attempts to win over S. Carolina evangelicals

Calif.: Incoming bishop files suit against priest
Fresno pastor refuses to disclose financial records

Scottish midwives challenge ruling on abortions
Two long-standing employees demand conscience rights

Catholic Charities honors pro-abort D.C. ex-mayor
'Keep the Dream Alive' award given for service to poor

Priest kidnappings in Sudan heighten tensions
Bishop fears they may be conscripted to fight in war

January 17

Belgian police raid three bishops' offices
Diocesan officials hand over abuse-related documents

Florida court dismisses case against pro-lifer
Judge suspects Obama's Dept. of Justice set it up

Gay divorce 'rights' take priority in Canada
Ottawa accommodates non-residents with odd laws

Spain: Officials allow pro-life play to debut
Story is of eight women who decide not to abort

Transient foreign 'visiting priests' are new worry
Externs' pasts and actions in dioceses are unchecked

Washington state bishops fight same-sex marriage
Church has uphill battle against governor, legislators

Polish court fines singer for bad-mouthing Bible
Claims writers were 'drunk on wine, smoking herbs'

Rick Santorum's 'authenticity' fuels popularity
Romney's 'electability' doesn't ensure an easy race

January 16

Rick Santorum gets endorsement of evangelicals
Group unites to see 'true conservative' in office

Rallies over Philly school closings continue
Eleventh-hour worries now include taxpayers' burden

Mossad likely assassinating Iranian scientists
Israeli spies defend against real regional threat

Catholic prelates are on Africa's 'frontline'
Church is key in social justice & political change

No changes expected as Cardinal George turns 75
His pro forma resignation letter gets critics buzzing

Illinois priest raises funds with stand-up comedy
Pastor known for jokes about marriage & family life

Congo: Bishops condemn serious election errors
Observers confirm fraud problems in incumbent's win

Catholic campus ministry becoming proactive
FOCUS sends pairs of missionaries to colleges

January 13

Belgian Church wants abusers to pay victims
Bishop: 'If the culprit is alive, he will have to pay'

Chaput sees 'anger & grief' over school closings
What if Catholics had fought this hard for vouchers?

Conservative Catholic D.C. boys' school gets press
The Heights has Opus Dei spirituality and 'normality'

Tulsa diocese: model for keeping charities Catholic
Parish-centered approach is rooted in daily faith life

Pakistan: Gov't demolishes Church-owned buildings
Nursing home, school, convent razed without warning

Vatican Museums break visitor record in 2011
Five million people entered, second only to the Louvre

Vatican 'resorts to' Wikipedia for biographies
Some scoff at 'cut-and-paste' write-ups on cardinals

Rare Cuban crocodile meets Pope at the Vatican
Roman zoo celebrates with 'eco-friendly' pontiff

January 12

Supreme Court rejects gov't oversight of churches
Hosanna-Tabor ruling is 'huge win for religious liberty'

First Lady comments on 'white Irish Catholic' power
Quip could alienate Obama's working-class swing voters

Egypt: Christian businessman faces blasphemy trial
His 'crime': tweets of Mickey & Minnie in Muslim garb

Minn. Vikings stadium plan worries Basilica rector
Proposed site would smother parish on too many Sundays

Three dozen religious leaders sign freedom letter
'Marriage and religious freedom stand or fall together'

Texas man and woman found dead near church altar
Daytime double shooting appears to be murder-suicide

U.S. bishops host immigration reform conference
State of Utah's multi-faceted model seen as humane

More U.S. Catholics making canonical appeals
Emboldened pewsitters turn to Church's legal system

January 11

Obama picks liberal Catholic as White House advisor
Pro-abortion Hispanic leader turns to domestic policy

Nigeria: Islamists kill 8 more at beer parlor
Four police shot as Boko Haram continues terror war

Aussie priest pushes to end 'gay panic' defense
Law equates a 'homosexual advance' with provocation

Irish priests asked to pay for clerical abuse
Diocese requests 60 euros a month to cover payouts

Federal court panel restores Texas sonogram law
State can require abortionists to give women facts

N.Y.: Congregation of nuns loses fraud claim
Art dealers sued over sale of Wm. Bouguereau painting

Czech gov't approves compensation for churches
Some property seized by Communists will be returned

Priest becomes candidate in Indian state elections
Catholic enters politics with social justice agenda

January 10

Pope gives annual 'State of the World' address
'A profound disquiet' darkens the world at this time

N. Ireland: Catholic teen beaten, 'left for dead'
Sectarian motive investigated in brutal Belfast attack

Final report on U.S. women religious goes to Rome
Conclusions not yet reported but visitator is 'inspired'

Anglo-Catholic Bishop Clarence Pope dies at 81
Prelate known for converting to Catholic Church twice

Benedict XVI baptizes 16 babies in Sistine Chapel
Pope: 'This was your first educational choice' of faith

Catholic and Orthodox pilgrims go to Jordan River
Hundreds celebrate Baptism of the Lord near Jericho

Laos: Two pastors released after one year in jail
As persecution worsens, Christmas parties are illegal

Students rally at Philly schools slated to close
Groups discuss ways to get closure decisions reversed

January 9

Pope names 22 new cardinals, with two from U.S.
N.Y.'s Dolan and Baltimore's O'Brien await red hat

Three million Filipino Catholics join procession
Devotional event proceeds despite terrorist warning

48 Catholic schools in Philly to close, reorganize
Commission recommends painful but necessary overhaul

Boston's O'Malley reflects on ten years of crisis
Cardinal: Abuse scandal is never 'over or behind us'

Republican candidates decry anti-Christian bigotry
Media & Obama Administration blasted by Gingrich et al.

'Readable' Bible is 2011 bestseller in Norway
New translation causes lines to form outside shops

Italian bishops evangelize in shopping malls
Several mall chapels open 'where people congregate'

Current Nigerian violence worse than civil war
Prez rues unpredictability of 'religious cleansing'

January 6

Catholic PAC rallies to Rick Santorum's side
CatholicVote endorses GOP hopeful after new surge

Calif. court mulls window for sex abuse claims
Reconciling conflicting laws could bring new lawsuits

Bishop questions funding nominally Catholic schools
Some U.K. schools have few Catholic pupils or teachers

Lifelong Californian named coadjutor of San Diego
Orange's Bishop Flores enjoys short trip to next post

Another gunman kills six at a Nigerian church
Islamists maintain campaign to force out Christians

Paralyzed Maryland priest claims miraculous cure
Case takes first step in possible canonization cause

Pope ordains two archbishops at Epiphany Mass
Homily compares wise men and the two nuncios' missions

U.S. marshals take Minn. bigot-lawyer into custody
Fellow cult members organize picket outside courthouse

January 5

L.A. auxiliary bishop, father of two, resigns
Popular social-justice champion shocks area flock

Uganda: Muslim extremist throws acid on Christian
Peaceful convert evangelist is blinded and burned

Minn. judge orders arrest of anti-Catholic lawyer
Two attorneys fined for bigoted and scandalous memos

Canada: Courtroom fury as disgraced bishop walks
Judge gives Lahey 2-for-1 time served, sparking outrage

Catholic Charities of Tulsa rejects gov't funds
Group relies on donors to maintain religious liberty

Santorum thanks God as he defies odds in Iowa
Pro-life Catholic GOP contender enjoys recent surge

Nigerian priest narrowly escapes assassination
Hired gunman caught on church grounds seeking pastor

European bishops urge defense of Christian family
Society 'has lost its taste for the family and for life'

January 4

Disgraced Canadian bishop tests new canon law
Lahey faces defrocking over child porn possession

Chaput's austerity measures start with mansion sale
Many Philly Catholic schools fear closure announcement

SNAP refuses to obey court order for documents
Claims transparency would violate privacy rights

Poll: Catholic Republicans mirror 'average' vote
Catholics no more likely to support their co-religionists

Hungary's new constitution limits religious freedom
Islam, 300 denominations, & small orders lose status

Pentecostal churches grow in post-genocide Rwanda
Demographics shift from Catholic toward Protestant

Bavarian town builds church out of ice and snow
Tourist attraction commemorates hard winter of 1911

Nigerian president declares state of emergency
Government begins to push against Islamist insurgency

January 3

Church unveils Ordinariate for ex-Episcopalians
Priests and their congregations can convert en masse

Priest shortage keenly felt by military services
Deployed troops deprived of Mass for months at a time

State of Maryland charges abortionists with murder
Fetal death law invoked against two suspended doctors

Massachusetts pro-family advocates defend Romney
Raymond Flynn, Mary Ann Glendon sign supportive letter

Vatican agency: 26 church workers killed in 2011
Latin America has most, counts murders of 13 priests

Pope to be received by Cuba's Raul Castro in March
Visit includes open-air Masses in 'Revolution Square'

Missouri judge orders SNAP to reveal documents
Abuse victim advocates decry ruling's 'chilling effect'

Malaysian Christians reject bureaucratic rules
Parishes need police permit to sing Christmas carols

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