Archive of July 24, 2006 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of July 24, 2006

Pro-Marxist, anti-Catholic groups unite to attack Mexican Bishops

Jul 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As part of their effort to support the leftist Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) in its bid to be declared winner of the disputed presidential elections, several anti-Catholic groups - including “Catholics” for a Free Choice - have united under the name, The Ecclesial Observatory, to attack the Mexican bishops.

Evangelical theologian calls for abandonment of Christianity and return to Bolivia’s “Andean religion”

Jul 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Protestant theologian, Matias Preisweik, of the Ecumenical Higher Institute has proposed that Bolivia abandon its Christian roots and return to its Andean religion.

Pontifical council to publish document on AIDS

Jul 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care will soon publish an extensive document on AIDS, according to an announcement by Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, the council’s prefect.

EU to vote on future funding for embryonic stem-cell research

Jul 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Germany and Poland have been leading a multinational effort to reject European Union funding for embryonic stem-cell research. The issue is expected to come to a head today, when a vote will be held at a meeting of European science ministers.

Italian Supreme Court rejects “eugenic” abortion ruling

Jul 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Italian Supreme Court ruled last week that parents do not have the legal right to abort a baby just because it is known, while the baby is still in the womb, that he or she will have a handicap, reported

Honduran cardinal says economic development would ease immigration to U.S.

Jul 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The problem of illegal immigration in the United States could be dealt with more efficiently by focusing on economic development rather than on border patrols, said an influential Latin-American cardinal.

Maronite bishops call for ceasefire, humanitarian corridors in Lebanon

Jul 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishops in Lebanon called for an immediate ceasefire and the opening of humanitarian corridors, over the weekend, seeking the assistance of the United Nations Security Council.

Pope leads day of prayer, renews call for ceasefire

Jul 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI, making his Angelus address from the mountain retreat in the Italian Alps where he is vacationing, led Catholics in a worldwide day of prayer and penance for peace in the Middle East.  The Pope reiterated his call for an immediate ceasefire and his insistence on the rights Lebanese, Israelis, and Palestinians.

Pope asks God to, “Grant us peace today”

Jul 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As part of his participation in the worldwide day of prayer and penance for peace in Israel and Lebanon, Pope Benedict XVI traveled yesterday afternoon to the small church of Rhemes Saint Georges, a few kilometers from Les Combes, the Italian alpine resort where he is spending a brief holiday.  At the church the Pope participated in a small liturgy and spoke of the need for immediate peace.

Ecuadorians oppose abortion even in cases of rape

Jul 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A poll carried out in Quito and Guayaquil by polling firm, Informe Confidencial, reveals that the majority of Ecuadorians in both cities oppose abortion in all cases, including in cases of rape.

Vatican’s Cor Unum calls for aid to Lebanon

Jul 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Over the weekend, the Vatican’s Pontifical Council "Cor Unum" broadcast a request for aid to Lebanon; specifically, to Caritas Lebanon: a member of Caritas´ International’s Confederation.  With their campaign, Cor Unum hopes to assist those suffering from the ongoing conflict between Israel and Islamic militant group, Hezbollah.