Archive of February 16, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of February 16, 2007

Bishop, politician headliners at Catholic Men for Jesus Christ Rally

Feb 16, 2007 - 01:45 pm .- Bishop John Smith of Trenton and U.S. House Representative Chris Smith are two of the headliners at this year’s Catholic Men for Jesus Rally in New Jersey.

Number of Catholics increases sharply in UK

Feb 16, 2007 - 01:43 pm .- According to a new study, the Roman Catholic Church in England has within a year found itself experiencing an unprecedented expansion due to the increase of Catholic immigrants.

US Catholics asked to continue support for Church in Eastern Europe

Feb 16, 2007 - 01:42 pm .- Catholics in the United States are being encouraged to continue supporting the Church in the former communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe through the national Eastern Church collection this Lent.

Pro-life doctor reveals dark side of pro-abortion pressure in Nicaragua

Feb 16, 2007 - 01:40 pm .- One of Nicaragua’s top pro-life leaders and the president of the Nicaraguan Association for Life, Dr. Rafael Cabrera, spoke up this week about the harassment and pressure the people and government are receiving from various international organizations and authorities to reverse its decision to outlaw abortion.

Archbishop’s prayer for the family distributed in Cuba

Feb 16, 2007 - 01:33 pm .- The international organization Aid to the Church in Need is distributing five thousand copies in Cuba of the Prayer for the Family written by Archbishop Emeritus Pedro Meurice Estiu of Santiago, as a tribute to his long years of service.

Penalty kicks determine winner of Priests’ World Championship Soccer match

Feb 16, 2007 - 01:29 pm .- The Third World Championship of Priests’ Soccer ended Wednesday in Sarajevo with the Poland beating out home team Croatia in a dramatic penalty kick finale.

Condom handout a failure of leadership, NY bishops say

Feb 16, 2007 - 01:24 pm .- In a joint statement released yesterday, Cardinal Edward Egan, head of the Archdiocese of New York, and Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn sharply criticized Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration for distributing free condoms last Wednesday.

Chinese University students prepare for virtual meeting with the Pope

Feb 16, 2007 - 01:07 pm .- Hundreds of Catholic University students in Hong Kong are scheduled to take part in a meeting of European and Asian Catholic Youth with Pope Benedict XVI, Saturday March 10th.  The students are to link up with the Holy Father who will be with other European and Asian young people at the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall.

Puerto Rican archbishop rejects legalization of homosexual unions

Feb 16, 2007 - 01:05 pm .- The President of the Puerto Rican Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Roberto Gonzalez Nieves of San Juan, reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s opposition to a move that would make homosexual unions equal to marriage.  The archbishop warned that such a move in Puerto Rico would obscure “the fundamental values that belong to the common and original patrimony of the human family.” During a speech before the Puerto Rican Senate, which is debating a reform of the Civil Code, Archbishop Gonzalez explained that making the two equal would affect the moral fiber of society.  He pointed out that while the Church does not reject homosexuals as persons, mankind cannot redefine nature as it is created by God.

Portuguese bishops call meeting to analyze referendum vote on abortion

Feb 16, 2007 - 12:52 pm .- The Catholic bishops of Portugal say the “yes” vote in Sunday’s referendum on abortion is by no means the end of the battle to defend life. They are expected to hold a special meeting today to analyze the pro-abortion results of the national referendum, held Feb. 11.