Archive of January 29, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of January 29, 2007

Pope to receive Prince of Jordan

Jan 29, 2007 - 05:07 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI will take another important step in dialogue with the Islamic world this Thursday, when the Vatican receives a delegation headed by Prince El Hassan Bin Talal, younger brother of the King of Jordan.

Vatican harshly criticizes journalistic manipulation of Confession

Jan 29, 2007 - 03:54 pm .- The Vatican newspaper, "L'Osservatore Romano," has sharply criticized an article published by a weekly Italian newspaper based on a series of false confessions throughout Italy, calling it an "attack on religious sensitivities,” and a breach of “professional ethics.”

Miraculous cure of girl who fell four stories paves way for beatification of Spanish foundress

Jan 29, 2007 - 12:37 pm .- The diocesan phase of the investigation into the miraculous healing attributed to the intercession of Spanish foundress Blessed Dolores Sopeña has reached its conclusion.  The miracle under study was that of a young girl who was inexplicably cured after falling from a fourth-story window.

Bishops of New Mexico back prohibition of rooster fights

Jan 29, 2007 - 12:10 pm .- The executive director of the Catholic Conference of New Mexico, Allen Sanchez, said this week of the bishops of that state are supporting a new law that would prohibit rooster fights because they foster violence and violate established principles regarding the treatment of animals.

Pontiff makes personal donation to campus ministry

Jan 29, 2007 - 12:03 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI has done his part to encourage the Roman Catholic chaplaincy at one of Great Britain’s top universities.  According to the Times of London, the Holy Father made an unprecedented personal donation of £2,000 (~$3,917 USD) to the Roman Catholic chaplaincy at the University of Cambridge, last week.

Secularism and anti-birth mentality affecting vocations in Argentina

Jan 29, 2007 - 11:50 am .- Bishop Marcelo Palentini of Jujuy said last week that secularism, that is, “religious indifference,” along with the drop in “births as a result of an anti-childbirth campaign,” and the belief that “pleasure is what gives meaning to life” are affecting vocations in the Argentina.

Vatican analyst explains why prominent Cardinal opposes Church teaching

Jan 29, 2007 - 11:37 am .- Why is Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, Archbishop Emeritus of Milan, distancing himself from the Church on an issue as critical as that of euthanasia?  Vatican analyst Sandro Magister provides the complex answer to that question in his latest weekly column set to be released tomorrow.

New Mexico bishops meet governor, voice opposition to stem cell research

Jan 29, 2007 - 10:36 am .- New Mexico's three Catholic bishops met with Gov. Bill Richardson on Thursday to urge him to reconsider proposed state funding for embryonic stem cell research.

Support mounts to exempt Catholic agencies from gay adoptions

Jan 29, 2007 - 10:30 am .- There is mounting support among members of Parliament to grant Catholic adoption agencies an exemption from proposed legislation that would give same-sex couples the right to adopt children.

Priest-politician who supported abortion dies at 86

Jan 29, 2007 - 10:04 am .- Fr. Robert Drinan, the only priest ever elected as a voting member of Congress, died peacefully Sunday at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington; he was 86.

Pope calls for peace in Lebanon and Gaza

Jan 29, 2007 - 09:57 am .- After praying the Angelus with thousands of faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square, the Pope launched an appeal for peace in Lebanon and in Gaza.