Archive of March 1, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of March 1, 2007

Rambo IV “is also a Christian film,” Sylvester Stallone confirms

Mar 1, 2007 - 05:26 pm .- Following his successful comeback in the latest “Rocky” movie, Sylvester Stallone is resurrecting another of his classic action characters for another installment of “Rambo.” And, just as he did for “Rocky Balboa,” Stallone is bringing his re-found faith to the movie with him.

Racism, eugenics still fuel Planned Parenthood, black pro-life leader charges

Mar 1, 2007 - 05:21 pm .- Racism surrounding the abortion rate must be recognized and stopped, said Day Gardner, president of National Black Pro-Life Union. “The eugenic policies of the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, appear to be alive and well and still directed at black women,” she charged in a press release. Gardner was responding to a Feb. 26 press release on Reproductive Rights and African-American Women issued the previous day by abortion advocate Ipas.  In addition to discussing the history between blacks and abortion, Ipas listed reasons for black American women to take part in the abortion movement. It claimed the high rate of abortions among black women was reason enough to warrant their greater involvement and support.

Peruvian Bishops’ Committee on the Family issues powerful call for defense of life

Mar 1, 2007 - 01:40 pm .- The Committee on the Family and the Defense of Life of the Peruvian Bishops’ Conference issued a message this week urging the defense of the unborn child regardless of how he or she was conceived and calling arguments for the legalization of abortion lies.

Bishops launch Lenten fundraising drive in Argentina

Mar 1, 2007 - 01:15 pm .- The Council for Economic Affairs of the Bishops’ Conference of Argentina has begun a Lenten fundraising campaign entitled, “We Are All The Church, It is Time to Share,” that will last until Holy Week, in order to help sustain the work of the Church in that country.

Spanish Minister of Education supports Church’s right to select religion teachers

Mar 1, 2007 - 01:13 pm .- Spain’s Minister of Education, Mercedes Cabrera, expressed her support this week of a ruling by the Constitutional Court that recognized the authority of the Catholic Church to determine the competence of teachers hired to teach religion in the country’s schools.

Archbishop calls on political parties in Dominican Republic to come up with common plan to save country

Mar 1, 2007 - 01:00 pm .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of the Dominican Republic, Archbishop Ramon Benito De La Rosa y Carpio, is calling on the country’s political parties to draw up a “common agenda” in order to save the country, which he said is being overrun by drug trafficking.

Recovering drug addicts in Brazil looking forward to visit from Pope Benedict

Mar 1, 2007 - 12:52 pm .- A former drug addict from Moscow is one of thousands of people from around the world looking forward to a visit from Pope Benedict XVI in May.  During his trip to Brazil for the 5th General Conference of the Latin American Bishops Council (CELAM) the Holy Father will visit those seeking a fresh start through the “Fazenda da Esperança” program in Guaratingueta, Brazil.

Korean youth pray for national reunification with WYD Cross

Mar 1, 2007 - 12:33 pm .- Gathered around the World Youth Day Cross, on a barricaded bridge that divides North and South Korea, about 100 South Korean young people prayed for the reunification of the two countries.

New state strategy for National Marriage Coalition

Mar 1, 2007 - 12:16 pm .- The Washington-based Alliance for Marriage is building a nationwide network of state lawmakers, who would support a Marriage Protection Amendment, reported the Associated Press. The group had spearheaded the push for a federal constitutional amendment.

New research shows effectiveness of natural family planning method

Mar 1, 2007 - 12:05 pm .- German scientists are now confirming what many Catholic couples have known for some time – the natural family planning method known as STM works.  Scientists have been taken aback by a new study which found STM to be as effective, if not more so, than the contraceptive pill in family planning. For years married Catholics have used the natural family planning method known as the symptom-thermal method (STM) as a morally licit means to maintain the sexual part of their conjugal relationship while at the same time decreasing the chances of having additional children due to “physical, economic, psychological, or social conditions.”  The Catholic Church teaches that natural family methods can be used in a moral manner if the couple remains open to the blessing of children – something which the Church sees as essential to the vocation of marriage.

Vatican website to include Chinese translations of papal speeches

Mar 1, 2007 - 11:41 am .- Chinese translations of the pope's speeches and writings are soon to be posted on the Vatican website.