Archive of December 24, 2007

Polish church commemorating John Paul II faces financial problems

Dec 24, 2007 - 12:54 pm .- A Polish church that has been under construction since 1791 and is now intended to celebrate the Polish-born Pope John Paul II is facing further delays in the form of financial difficulties, the Associated Press reports.

“Allah” is only for Muslims, Malaysian official says

Dec 24, 2007 - 10:43 am .- A senior government official in Malaysia has ordered a Catholic newspaper to drop the use of the word “Allah” in its Malay language section if it wants its publishing permit renewed, the Associated Press reports.

Sri Lanka Catholics must be reconcilers in conflicts, archbishop says

Dec 24, 2007 - 10:35 am .- Archbishop of Colombo Oswald Gomis has challenged Sri Lankan Catholics to promote reconciliation among all the people and races in the island nation, The Sunday Times reports.

Chinese state church ordains Vatican-approved bishop

Dec 24, 2007 - 10:32 am .- On Friday the state-recognized Catholic Patriotic Association ordained a bishop with the approval of the Vatican, the Agence France-Presse reports.

Practicing Catholics now outnumber Anglicans in the UK

Dec 24, 2007 - 10:30 am .- In the United Kingdom, new research has found that services offered by the Church of England are no longer the country’s most popular form of worship.  The Press Association reports that Catholic churchgoers outnumber Anglicans for the first time since the Reformation.

Great news from CNA for 2008!

Dec 24, 2007 - 10:07 am .- The year 2007 was one full of blessings for CNA.  As we look back, CNA has reached a number of milestones. Some of these accomplishments include, our email list growing by 20%, being recognized by Google News as a source of quality Catholic news and being referenced on the floor of the U.S. Congress.Looking toward 2008, we are planning to make it an even better year. Our goal is to provide you with the most faithful, relevant and in-depth coverage of the Catholic Church possible. Here’s a look at what you can expect to see in 2008:

Tony Blair received into Catholic Church, Vatican welcomes him with respect

Dec 24, 2007 - 09:51 am .- After years of rumors and speculation about his religious beliefs, former British prime minister Tony Blair was officially received into the Catholic Church on Friday.  Blair was received into full communion by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Archbishop of Westminster, during Mass in the chapel at the Archbishop’s house in Westminster.  He had been receiving doctrinal and spiritual preparation from the cardinal’s private secretary, Monsignor Mark O’Toole.

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