Archive of March 23, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of March 23, 2007

Theology complemented by science, says Argentinean archbishop

Mar 23, 2007 - 11:21 am .- In a message marking the Day of the Unborn Child, which will be celebrated in Argentina and other countries in Latin America on March 25, Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata said, “Every child that is born brings us God’s smile and invites us to recognize that life is a gift from Him” and he said that the theology is perfectly complemented by science as the latter shows that “a human being is formed from the moment of fertilization.”

Pro-life groups say ruling by European Court an attempt to compel Poland to accept abortion

Mar 23, 2007 - 11:19 am .- Various pro-life leaders have raised their voice in protest of a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that obliges Poland to compensate a woman who was not allowed to obtain an abortion.  The woman in question, Alicja Tysiac, wanted to abort her third child out of fear the pregnancy would aggravate her severe case of near-sightedness.

Widespread rejection of plan to legalize abortion in Mexican capital

Mar 23, 2007 - 11:16 am .- The bishops of Mexico, together with parents’ organizations, Christian groups and thousands of Mexicans have expressed their repudiation of a proposal which could lead to the legalization of abortion throughout the nation up to the twelfth week of pregnancy.

Archbishop calls on Zimbabweans to protest Mugabe govt.

Mar 23, 2007 - 10:48 am .- Archbishop Pius Ncube of Bulawayo says he is ready to lead a national campaign of peaceful resistance to force President Robert Mugabe to step down.At a news conference yesterday, the archbishop urged Zimbabweans to take to the streets over the rights abuses of Mugabe's government, reported Reuters. Mugabe’s policies also disrupted the agriculture-based economy, leading to acute shortages of food, hard currency, gasoline, medicines and other essential imports.

Cardinal Zen: Pope will not renounce Church authority in China

Mar 23, 2007 - 10:44 am .- The Bishop of Hong Kong, Cardinal Joseph Zen, who has become the principal liaison between China and the Holy See, said this week that there is “little probability” that the open letter which Pope Benedict XVI has prepared for the Catholic community in China includes a concession regarding the traditional rights of the Church.

US Episcopal bishops reject ultimatum from Anglican primates

Mar 23, 2007 - 10:41 am .- The Anglican Communion seems one step closer to a schism this week, after bishops of the U.S. Episcopal Church rejected an ultimatum from the primates of the Anglican Communion to create a new pastoral initiative that would help address the ongoing disagreement in the Anglican Church.

Hartford archbishop calls for solution re emergency contraception bill

Mar 23, 2007 - 10:33 am .- Catholics gathered at Connecticut’s State Capital building yesterday to demonstrate against proposed legislation that would require all hospitals, including Catholic hospitals, to offer emergency birth control.

Family experts to sign Declaration on Family Rights and Responsibilities

Mar 23, 2007 - 10:26 am .- About 700 experts from 44 countries are meeting in Rome, starting today, to discuss ways to promote family unity and improve the social, political, and economic conditions of families around the world.

Argentinean Vice President: Pope told me “Argentina is hope of the future”

Mar 23, 2007 - 10:23 am .- The Vice President of Argentina, Daniel Scioli, who met briefly on Wednesday with Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s Square, revealed that the Pontiff told him, “Argentina is the hope of the future” and that he prays constantly for the country.

Jesuit superstar back at Ave Maria University

Mar 23, 2007 - 07:55 am .- Following a whirlwind of activity in southern Florida, Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J. seems to have resettled at Ave Maria University. According to several sources, the popular Jesuit priest will not return to his duties as Provost of the fledgling university, but will become a “designated theologian in residence.”