Archive of August 8, 2006 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of August 8, 2006

“Women in White” march to demand release of political prisoners in Cuba

Aug 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The “Women in White,” an association of wives and family members of political prisoners in Cuba, organized a public march last Sunday calling on the country’s provisional leader, Raul Castro, to release the dissidents who are currently incarcerated.

Church has commitment to proclaim the truth, says Peruvian cardinal

Aug 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Lima said this week the Church is committed to authentic truth, in spite of all criticisms.  The cardinal also reminded bishops that when they speak, they should do so not in their own name, but always in the name of Christ.

Martyrs remind us that Christ is a living and concrete person, Pope Benedict XVI says

Aug 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- –In a message sent to the participants of the International Catholic Action Forum taking place in Lugazi, Uganda, Pope Benedict XVI said, “Jesus Christ is not the symbol of some vague, abstract value, but rather a living and concrete Person, an absolutely singular person.”

Brazilian conference reiterates family based upon marriage as the foundation of society

Aug 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Hundreds of participants in a Brazilian conference titled, “Family and the Media: for the sake of a culture of life and of peace,” released a final statement at the conclusion of their meeting.  “We wish to proclaim that the family founded upon marriage carries out a central role for the Church and for society,” the attendees said.

Catholic publisher releases Church’s answer to ‘Purpose Driven Life’

Aug 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Ignatius Press, a major Catholic publisher based in San Francisco has announced the launch of a new series--similar to the popular “Purpose Driven Life” series written by Evangelical leader Rick Warren--but focused on the particularly Catholic search for one’s life vocation.

Australian premier calls on churches to pray for rain

Aug 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Last week, Peter Beattie, Premier for Queensland in Australia called on church leaders around the state to pray for much needed rain as the drought-stricken region continues to struggle for moisture.

Indian Supreme Court says police may arrest anyone accused of proselytization

Aug 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Supreme Court of India has issued a ruling which may have serious impact on religious freedom in the country, The Times of India reports.  

To counter secular media, Catholic media should seek and transmit the truth, says Vatican official

Aug 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Angelo Amato, Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) said in an interview, published this week, that the Catholic media needs to be different from secular news and should seek and transmit the truth of the faith.

Baghdad Bishop says people desperately need hope

Aug 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Andreas Abouna, Auxiliary Bishop of Baghdad’s Chaldean Archdiocese, told the United Kingdom's branch of Aid to the Church in Need that the Church in Iraq is in serious trouble and is in desperate need of hope, as more and more Christians flee the county.