Archive of January 17, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of January 17, 2007

New governor will be judged by his actions, Denver Archbishop says

Jan 17, 2007 - 08:28 pm .- Denver Archbishop, Charles Chaput, said this week that the newly inaugurated Democratic Governor of Colorado, who represented himself as a pro-life Catholic during elections, now faces the most difficult part of governorship, governing.  Governor Bill Ritter has faced criticism after he announced in his inaugural address that he would return tax-payer funding to Planned Parenthood. Governor Ritter is attempting to reverse a ban enacted by former governor Bill Owens, who, after an independent audit, learned that state funds were indirectly subsidizing abortions.  The Colorado State Constitution states that no state money shall subsidize abortions.

British seminarians lend support to brother sems. in Cuba

Jan 17, 2007 - 12:30 pm .- When a group of UK seminarians set out on a fund-raising mission for the suffering Church in Cuba, few could have expected the success they achieved.  By the time they had completed their mammoth task, the group of six, along with the seminary’s vice rector, had each cycled 270 kilometres (~168 miles) and together they had collected nearly 23,500 Euro (~$30,332 USD).

No vote, no communion, says Catholic bishop

Jan 17, 2007 - 12:07 pm .- A Catholic Bishop in Nigeria is attempting to emphasize the importance of civic duties by has instructing parishioners to show they have registered to vote in the April’s elections or be banned from communion.

Archbishop denounces Venezuelan government’s campaign of fear

Jan 17, 2007 - 11:49 am .- Archbishop Roberto Luckert of Coro and vice president of the Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference expressed his concern this week over the growing sense of fear that has gripped the country due to the actions of President Hugo Chavez’s government.In statements to Union Radio, the archbishop defended the right of bishops to express their opinions when they feel it is necessary.

Spain now ranks as European country with lowest birthrate and least assistance for families

Jan 17, 2007 - 11:13 am .- The Institute for Family Policy (IFP) in Spain is demanding that country’s government come up with an effective pro-family policy, as Spain now ranks as the European country with the lowest birth rate and the least assistance for families.

Convert from Islam urges Catholics to defend their faith with firmness

Jan 17, 2007 - 11:12 am .- A prominent Catholic convert from Islam told a group this week not to shy away from sharing Jesus with their Muslim neighbors, assuring them that most Muslims respect a clear and well-argued defense of faith and despise weakness and a lack of firmness in apologetics.

Fr. Pavone says Brownback is his choice in ‘08

Jan 17, 2007 - 10:55 am .- A national pro-life leader has announced that he has thrown his support behind Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.

Cardinal Bertone: Europe should not fear Christian symbols

Jan 17, 2007 - 10:50 am .- During a visit this week to the nativity scene put up each year by the street cleaners of Rome, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State, said neither Europe nor the self-proclaimed “modern” world should fear Christian symbols, especially Nativity scenes.

Life begins at conception, say survey respondents

Jan 17, 2007 - 10:07 am .- A new poll conducted by a leading Christian web site finds that an overwhelming majority of Christians believe that life begins at conception.

World Youth Day newsletter addresses sexuality, marital love

Jan 17, 2007 - 10:04 am .- Sexuality and marital love are the topics of this month’s issue of the World Youth Day 2008 online newsletter. The eight-page “E-pilgrimage” also includes a prayerful reading of the Song of Songs and a biography of the first married couple to be beatified together.

Christians should not be discouraged in their quest for unity, Pope Benedict says

Jan 17, 2007 - 09:28 am .- With the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity beginning on Thursday, Pope Benedict XVI took a break from his series of catecheses on the Apostles and early Saints of the Church to speak on the theme of unity.  The Holy Father said, before the 6,000 plus pilgrims gathered in the Paul VI Auditorium, that Christians should not be discouraged by the long and difficult road to unity, because the journey is supported by Christ.   "Unity," said the Pope, "is a gift from God and the fruit of the action of His Spirit. For this reason it is important to pray. The closer we draw to Christ, converting ourselves to His love, the closer we also draw to one another."