Archive of March 20, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of March 20, 2007

Top Knight calls Mexico City abortion proposal “misguided and dangerous"

Mar 20, 2007 - 08:28 pm .- A bill being debated in Mexico City – which would legalize abortion in the area – is misguided and dangerous said Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson.

Holy See: Youth have the right to truth and respect from media

Mar 20, 2007 - 07:53 pm .- “Youth have the right to ask the media to inform with truth, respecting the dignity due to every human,” so said the President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Archbishop John Foley, at a meeting regarding “Information and protection of children’s rights” held in Messina, Italy yesterday. Echoing Pope Benedict XVI’s recent message on World Day for Social Communications, the archbishop noted the duty of the media to treat all people, but especially the young, with the dignity they deserve.

Vatican Council to emphasize importance of young adults in the working world

Mar 20, 2007 - 01:19 pm .- The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Laity announced the plans for its ninth International Youth Forum, due to be held at Rocca di Papa, near Rome, from March 28 to April 1 on the theme: "Bearing witness to Christin the world of work."The forum is expected to be attended by around 300 people between the ages of 20 and 35, all with a solid background of commitment in the Church and in the world of work. They come from around 100 different countries and have various work and ecclesiastical experiences. Also participating will be around 30 guests, including speakers and participants in round table discussions.

Cardinal O'Malley urges 4,000 women to stand up for life, family

Mar 20, 2007 - 01:13 pm .- Cardinal Sean O'Malley called on thousands of Catholic women in Boston on Sunday to stand up for their values regarding life, marriage and family.

Federal budget must include care for poor, say US bishops

Mar 20, 2007 - 01:09 pm .- Congress must remember the needs of the poor and vulnerable, both at home and abroad, when it considers the federal budget, said the president of the U.S. bishops’ conference last week, in a letter to Capitol Hill.

UK bishops, other religious groups hope last-ditch attempt in Parliament will discriminatory bill

Mar 20, 2007 - 01:07 pm .- Several religious groups of various professions are hoping that a last-ditch effort on Wednesday to stop the passage of a controversial gay-rights law that could result in discrimination against religions will work.

Pope Benedict’s schedule for Austria trip formalized

Mar 20, 2007 - 12:53 pm .- The program for Pope Benedict XVI’s upcoming trip to Austria this coming September 7th to 9th has been formally accepted according to the Bishops Conference of Austria.  

Last stage of preparation for Easter proof of God’s immense love

Mar 20, 2007 - 11:49 am .- The Archbishop of Santa Cruz, Cardinal Julio Terrazas Sandoval, said this week that the joy and expectation experienced during the last state of preparation for Easter is proof of the immense love that God has for the conversion of each one of His sons and daughters.

Archdiocese of Mexico spokesman says government steamrolling new abortion law

Mar 20, 2007 - 10:54 am .- The spokesman for the Archdiocese of Mexico, Hugo Valdemar, said this week the ruling PRD party is resorting to typical strong-arm tactics to ram through passage of a new law in the Mexico City assembly that would legalize abortion for almost any reason in the Mexican capital.

Nicaraguan archbishop says country’s bishops are united in faith and practice

Mar 20, 2007 - 10:50 am .- Archbishop Leopoldo Brenes of Managua said this week there is no division among the bishops of Nicaragua and that the prelates share “a beautiful friendship, unity, and we see it in a permanent way in our work: our spiritual part is what is strong.  Unity in faith and practice, which is what we are called to.  There are other areas in which we may differ, but that does not mean we are divided.

Venezuelan bishop responds to Socialist youth brigade: Jesus Christ is the authentic “new man”

Mar 20, 2007 - 10:48 am .- In response to a plan in Venezuela by supporters of “21st century Socialism” to create a youth brigade to promote the image of a “new man,” Bishop Mario Moronta of San Cristobal called on the faithful not to let themselves be guided by ideologies but rather by the Gospel, which reveals that Jesus Christ is the authentic model for the human person.

Vatican Cardinal calls Mexico to make commitment to life and not death

Mar 20, 2007 - 10:42 am .- As the Mexico City Legislative Assembly prepares to debate a bill that would legalize abortion in the Mexican capital, the President of the Pontifical Council for Health Care, Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, has called on his countrymen “to be more committed to a better life and not to death.”

Vatican instructs German bishops to cut ties with abortion counseling group

Mar 20, 2007 - 09:17 am .- The Vatican has instructed the German bishops to distance themselves from an abortion counseling group, called Donum Vitae, so that they will not be perceived as endorsing abortion, reported yesterday.