Archive of February 28, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of February 28, 2007

Colombian bishops call for united pressure on rebel group to release prisoners

Feb 28, 2007 - 02:17 pm .- The secretary general of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Bishop Fabian Marulanda, expressed his concern this week for the hostages being held by the Marxist rebel group FARC and proposed a common effort be made to pressure the militants into granting them release.

Uruguayan bishop invites faithful to take advantage of Lent to turn back to God

Feb 28, 2007 - 02:14 pm .- Bishop Raul Scarrone of Florida y Durazno said this week “in each one of us there is a heart waiting to be filled with the love of God,” and thus he called on the faithful to take advantage of the season of Lent to “authentically return to God” through interior change.

Archbishop says Church should continue to contribute to Venezuelan society despite obstacles

Feb 28, 2007 - 02:13 pm .- The President of the Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Ubaldo Santana, said this week the Church in that country should continue to contribute to the well being of society despite the many obstacles it faces.

Oswaldo Paya calls for reconciliation between Cubans

Feb 28, 2007 - 02:06 pm .- In an emotional message sent via internet, the leader of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Paya, called on Cubans at home and abroad to overcome their hurt and their desires for vengeance in order to establish a dialogue that will bring reconciliation to the country.

Filipino pro-life rally sees 10,000 teens

Feb 28, 2007 - 01:30 pm .- A pro-life youth rally in Manila over the weekend gathered 10,000 young people. Organized by the nation's leading pro-life group, participants made commitments to abstain from sex until marriage and to fight to keep abortion illegal, reported

Christians must have recourse to conscience, Vatican conference concludes

Feb 28, 2007 - 01:27 pm .- Christians must have recourse to conscientious objection to abortion, euthanasia, same-sex marriage, said the President of Pontifical Academy for Life, Bishop Elio Sgreccia, at the conclusion of a conference last week.

Irish bishops: Israel must lift restrictions on Palestinians

Feb 28, 2007 - 11:09 am .- Catholic Bishops in Ireland are questioning the commercial ties between their country and the EU with Israel.  The bishops said in a statement yesterday, that Israel has made the Gaza Strip "little more than a large prison" for Palestinians.

Pakistani Catholic bishop says Islamic radicals are aiming for him

Feb 28, 2007 - 10:59 am .- Bishop Joseph Coutts, the Bishop of Faisalabad says that he is in the sites of Muslim extremists due to his continued efforts to establish inter-religious dialogue in his country. The bishop said that the increase in Muslim radical groups, coupled with his attempts to improve relations between Catholics and Muslims in Pakistan, have brought about numerous death threats since December.

San Diego Diocese files for bankruptcy

Feb 28, 2007 - 10:08 am .- Following a failed final attempt at settling clergy-abuse claims, the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego filed for Chapter 11 protection just before midnight last night, according to the San Diego Union Tribune.  The filing makes San Diego the largest of five U.S. dioceses to declare bankruptcy. The diocese’s action halts the first of about 150 lawsuits alleging sexual abuse of children by 60 priests in incidents dating back decades.  The chain of lawsuits was set to begin today.