Archive of March 21, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of March 21, 2007

Pope Benedict sends prayers and condolences to people of Russia

Mar 21, 2007 - 04:42 pm .- Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B., has sent a telegram of condolence, in the name of the Holy Father, to Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, for the many victims of two recent disasters in the country: an explosion in a mine and a fire in a home for the elderly.

“Zimbabwe needs your prayers more than ever,” African priest tells ACN

Mar 21, 2007 - 04:41 pm .- Father Joaquín Alliende, the international ecclesiastical assistant of Catholic charity, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), is asking all Catholic faithful to pray for Zimbabwe after receiving a message from a priest in the country.  “We recommend the Zimbabwean people to the Sacred Heart of the Lord, so that they will recognise the fruit of the Resurrection,” Fr. Alliende said.

Pope asks Hong Kong Cardinal to stand fast

Mar 21, 2007 - 04:39 pm .- For at least a second time Pope Benedict XVI has rejected a request from Hong Kong’s Cardinal Joseph Zen to accept his resignation as Bishop of Hong Kong.  Zen expressed his desire to step down from his responsibilities at the diocese, in order to allow him freedom to focus fully on the reunification of the Church in China and the reestablishment of active Vatican-Chinese diplomatic relations. According to Cardinal Zen’s press secretary, the Holy Father replied to a recent resignation proposal with a letter asking Zen to stay the course as ordinary of Hong Kong, while continuing his work for the whole Church in China.

European Court of Human Rights sanctions Poland for not allowing near-sighted woman to undergo abortion

Mar 21, 2007 - 10:36 am .- The European Court of Human Rights has ruled Poland must compensate a woman who was denied access to “therapeutic abortion” because her life was never in danger.  The woman identified as Alicja Tysiac requested an abortion out of fear that her third pregnancy would aggravate her near-sightedness.

Faith and Major League Baseball featured in new film

Mar 21, 2007 - 10:33 am .- A new full-length documentary looks at how faith has shaped the careers of several Major League Baseball players. The film will premiere on Sunday in the presence of Bishop Thomas Olmstead of Phoenix.

Cause of canonization of German man who opposed Nazis moves forward

Mar 21, 2007 - 10:30 am .- After thirteen months of work, the diocesan phase of the cause of canonization of Josef Mayr-Nusser, who was a leader in opposing the Nazis and died for his Catholic faith, ended this week in the Italian city of Bolzano.

St. Justin was a witness to the eternal truth which is Christ, Pope says at Audience

Mar 21, 2007 - 10:21 am .- Continuing his catechesis on the important Saints of the early Church this Wednesday, Pope Benedict XVI spoke to some 25,000 people gathered in St. Peter’s Square on St. Justin, philosopher and martyr.  The Holy Father called St. Justin the most important of the Apologist Fathers of the second century. St. Justin, said the Pope, was born in Samaria around the year 100. He “long sought after the truth” by studying Greek philosophy before converting to Christianity after meeting a mysterious old man who spoke to him “of mankind's incapacity to satisfy his aspiration to the divine through his own efforts,” then indicated “in the ancient prophets ... the path to God and ‘true philosophy,’” exhorting Justin to pray in order to open the “doors of light.”

Catholic bishop urges South Africa to take political action to ease situation in Zimbabwe

Mar 21, 2007 - 10:19 am .- The top Catholic archbishop of Zimbabwe is calling on South Africa to impose political pressures on President Robert Mugabe’s government, in an effort to stem the human rights violations in the country, Voice of America has reported.

Reports of miracles attributed to John Paul just keep coming, official says

Mar 21, 2007 - 10:06 am .- The investigation into three possible miracles attributed to Pope John Paul II are currently underway and dozens of reports of miracles continue to arrive every week from all over the world, said Msgr. Slawomir Oder, the Vatican official in charge of the beatification process for the late Pontiff.

Catholics to hold 72-hours prayer vigil at Tiller abortion clinic

Mar 21, 2007 - 10:05 am .- Christians from Louisiana and other states will hold a 72-hour prayer vigil outside George Tiller’s infamous Wichita abortion clinic, beginning March 23 and running through to March 25.

Holy See and Chief Rabbi of Israel: State should never limit religious freedom

Mar 21, 2007 - 09:32 am .- The Holy See's Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews and the Chief Rabbinate of Israel's Delegation for Relations with the Catholic Church met in Jerusalem March 11th-13th and issued a statement afterwards affirming that “the State should never limit religious freedom,” but that it has a duty to always promote and defend it, Vatican Radio has reported.

Church in Venezuela continues to wait for meeting with Chavez, Cardinal says

Mar 21, 2007 - 09:21 am .- The Archbishop of Caracas, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, said this week the Church in Venezuela “continues waiting since last December for an audience with the president of the republic, Hugo Chavez.”

Silenced theologian foretold disobedience of Vatican order

Mar 21, 2007 - 09:03 am .- Various websites have published a letter from Liberation Theology proponent Father Jon Sobrino, SJ, sent last December to the Father General of the Jesuit Order, Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach.  In the letter Sobrino, anticipates the official Notification from the Holy See pointing out erroneous propositions in some of his Theological works and foresees his reasons for rejecting it.