Archive of October 11, 2006 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of October 11, 2006

Apostles Simon and Jude offer messages of unity and Christian fervor, Pope says

Oct 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI greeted some 40,000 pilgrims in St. Peter’s square today, speaking to them of the Apostles Simon and Jude.  The Holy Father told the crowd of faithful that the two Apostles provide a witness to the unity that can be found in Jesus as well as the necessity of preserving the firm identity of the Christian faith.

British cardinal says Russian patriarch desires deeper ecumenical relationship

Oct 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor said after his first meeting with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexis II last week, it was very clear that the Patriarch “wants better relationships with the Catholic Church.”

Australian bishops oppose bill in favor of cloning

Oct 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- While everyone wants to find cures for disease and to alleviate suffering, this cannot be done “by creating and then killing human life,” the Australian bishops said in opposition to a bill that proposes the creation of embryos for research.

Catholic Iranian fears execution if sent home

Oct 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The New Zealand government claimed yesterday that it had United Nations approval to deport an Iranian refugee who is refusing to go home because he fears he will be executed for converting from Islam to Christianity.

Learn from Pentecostals, says Cardinal Kasper

Oct 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Instead of simply criticizing Pentecostal churches that draw Catholics as members, Catholic leaders should consider why their parishes aren't meeting the needs of those who leave, said Cardinal Walter Kasper said Monday.

Argentinean bishop criticizes ambiguities of sex-ed law

Oct 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Luis Lona of San Luis has criticized the recent law on sexual education passed by the Argentinean Senate and said the country’s leaders should clarify what he called “an ambiguous legal norm” and the uncertainty as to how it would be applied.

Pro-life march in Nicaragua leads Congress to propose ban on all abortions

Oct 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In the wake of a massive pro-life march that brought together more than 10,000 people in Managua to defend the life of the unborn, the leader of the country’s National Assembly, Sandinista Rene Nuñez, has sponsored a measure to reform Nicaragua’s Penal Code and outlaw all abortions.

Turkish court sentences Muslim teenager to 18 years for murder of Italian priest

Oct 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A court in Turkey has sentenced a Muslim teenager to 18 years in prison for the killing, last February 5th, of Italian priest Father Andrea Santoro at the Church of Holy Mary, in Trebisonda.

President of Pontifical Council: In media-driven society Church must not remain isolated

Oct 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During the inaugural address of the World Congress of Catholic Television, the President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Archbishop John Foley, said that “in a media-driven society,” the Church “must not remain isolated” and he called for “greater creativity” in Catholic television in order to offer content “in the forms understood in society today.”

Holy See emphasizes development of low-income countries at UN

Oct 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Made public this morning was an address given by the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, on the subject of the General Assembly’s “Follow-up and implementation of the outcome of the International Conference on Financing for Development.”  The Vatican representative said particular attention should be given to the economic growth of low-income developing countries.