Archive of January 8, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of January 8, 2007

Pro-family activists in Spain demand plan to increase birthrate

Jan 8, 2007 - 08:20 pm .- The president of the Institute For Family Policy in Spain, Eduardo Hertfelder, said last week the drastic decline in child births and the increase in abortions that have left Spain with the lowest birthrate in Europe require urgent action on the part of the government.

Lay groups back decision of bishop to resist Muslim attempts share use of Cordoba Cathedral

Jan 8, 2007 - 08:19 pm .- Various Catholic lay organizations in Spain have expressed their complete support of the actions of Bishop Juan Jose Asenjo of Cordoba, who is resisting pressure from Muslims seeking to force the Catholic Cathedral to be used as a mosque.

Christ’s message is one of hope and light, Pope says on Epiphany

Jan 8, 2007 - 08:18 pm .- Presiding at Mass for the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord on Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI said that there is nothing to fear in Christ’s message and remarked that failure on the part of Christians is an indicator that “the light is Christ, and the Church reflects that light only by remaining united to Him.”

Pope Baptizes new babies on Feast of Baptism of the Lord

Jan 8, 2007 - 08:11 pm .- Celebrating the Baptism of the Lord on Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI baptized 13 newborn babies from various countries and remarked at the tremendous gift of life of which a newborn child reminds mankind.

Cardinal of Congo unexpectedly called to the House of the Father

Jan 8, 2007 - 06:17 pm .- Cardinal Federic Etsou-Nzabi-Bamungwabi, Archbishop of Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo), who had been in Brussels to receive medical treatment passed away on Sunday.

New Salt Lake City bishop called from service in San Francisco

Jan 8, 2007 - 06:03 pm .- The Press Office of the Holy See announced Monday morning that Pope Benedict XVI has named a new Bishop for the Diocese of Salt Lake City, Utah.  Bishop John Charles Wester, who is currently serving as an Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco will take the reigns of the Utah diocese.  The diocese has been without a bishop for over a year.

Benedict points out reasons for concern and hope on world’s continents

Jan 8, 2007 - 04:40 pm .- After discussing various positive and negative occurrences over the past year with the world’s 175 diplomats to the Holy See, Pope Benedict XVI focused on the world’s continents and proposed continued international cooperation to advance freedom and peace.

Pope points to interreligious dialogue and respect for human rights as positives for the new year

Jan 8, 2007 - 03:01 pm .- During his extensive speech to members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See, Pope Benedict spoke briefly of the “positive elements characteristic of the modern age,” including an increase in intercultural and interreligious dialogue and a greater respect for human rights.

Fides news agency presents report on missionary deaths in 2006

Jan 8, 2007 - 03:00 pm .- The official news agency of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples issued its annual report on December 30 listing the names of missionaries who were killed while carrying out their work during 2006.

Feminist organizations launch offensive to legalize abortion in Mexico

Jan 8, 2007 - 02:50 pm .- The Mexican pro-abortion organization “Group for Information on Elective Reproduction” has launched a campaign backed by various feminist organizations to legalize abortion in the country by federalizing Mexico’s most liberal state laws.

Daily Catholic newspaper makes its debut online

Jan 8, 2007 - 02:48 pm .- On New Year's Day, California Catholic Daily, an independent Catholic newspaper, went online at

Denver archdiocese settles 15 cases of abuse

Jan 8, 2007 - 02:16 pm .- The Archdiocese of Denver has settled 15 cases of alleged sexual abuse by clergy through mediation, it was announced last week.

EWTN to air pro-life programs and special live events in January

Jan 8, 2007 - 02:01 pm .- EWTN will air special pro-life programming this month to mark the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade (Jan. 22), as well as to celebrate life and to fight the culture of death.

New York Times editor uncovers false reporting in Latin American abortion story

Jan 8, 2007 - 02:00 pm .- The public editor of the New York Times has found that readers of its weekly Times Magazine were denied thorough and accurate reporting in a pro-abortion story published last spring.  The story, written to criticize the many pro-life laws of Latin American countries, was apparently riddled with inaccuracies and untruths.

The Pope accepts resignation of Archbishop admitted to have collaborated with Polish communism regime

Jan 8, 2007 - 12:23 pm .- The Press Office of the Holy See has confirmed Pope Benedict XVI’s acceptance of the resignation of Monsignor Stanislaw Wielgus as the Archbishop of Warsaw (Poland).  Wielgus, who submitted his resignation only hours after taking on his new position, has admitted to collaborating with the Communist regime during their control of Poland.

Pope notes international challenges for the new year: hunger, arms races, and attacks on human life

Jan 8, 2007 - 11:57 am .- Meeting with diplomats from around the world today in the Vatican’s Regal Room, Pope Benedict XVI addressed several of the most significant problems facing the world today: hunger, the continued arms race, an influx of refugees, and various attacks on human life.  The Holy Father traditionally meets with the members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Vatican at the start of the new year.