Archive of March 27, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of March 27, 2007

Merkel backs Pope’s criticism and calls for recognition of Europe’s Christian roots

Mar 27, 2007 - 07:25 pm .- German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is also the current president of the EU, said this week she understands Pope Benedict XVI’s criticisms of the European Union for not mentioning God or its Christian roots in the Declaration of Berlin—which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the founding of the European Union—and she said Europe should recognize in some way its Judeo-Christian heritage even if through a document separate from the European Constitution.

Holy Father to meet with thousands of Roman youth

Mar 27, 2007 - 01:21 pm .- As the Church begins the final week of Lent, the young people of the Diocese of Rome will have the opportunity to meet with their bishop – Pope Benedict XVI.  The Holy Father will hold a vigil for prayer and penitence on Palm Sunday, April 1st, the day when the Church also celebrates the 22nd World Youth Day.

States must support and enable families in protecting their children, Archbishop tells U.N.

Mar 27, 2007 - 01:09 pm .- Made public today was an address given by Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi C.S., Holy See permanent observer to the United Nations at Geneva, on March 23 during the 4th session of the Human Rights Council.  The archbishop emphasized that, in the face of continuing suffering on the part of children around the world, states and society must do their part in support for the rights of children and the family.

Thousands march in defense of life in Mexico

Mar 27, 2007 - 01:01 pm .- More than five thousand people marched through the streets of Mexico City to the Basilica of Guadalupe to express their commitment to the defense of life, especially of the unborn, who are being threatened by an anti-life proposal that would legalize abortion on demand up to the twelfth week of pregnancy.

Spanish bishop calls on faithful to give public witness of faith during Holy Week

Mar 27, 2007 - 12:53 pm .- Bishop Adolfo Gonzalez Montes of Almeria is calling on the faithful in Spain to profoundly experience Holy Week and to publicly express the faith that each one lives out in private.

Equadorian Pro-life groups issue statement: Defend life from conception to natural death

Mar 27, 2007 - 12:50 pm .- The participants of the 1st Pro-Life and Family Congress in Guayaquil, held from March 22-25, issued a “Declaration in Support of Life” in which they reiterated “the clear and decisive choice in support of life from the very moment of conception, and above any other circumstance, until its natural end.”

Official CD for papal visit to Brazil goes gold

Mar 27, 2007 - 12:47 pm .- The official CD for Pope Benedict XVI’s upcoming visit to Brazil, which includes the official song for the visit, has gone gold in the country, with more than 75,000 copies sold so far.

Holy See makes public Pope's letter to outgoing Italian bishops chief

Mar 27, 2007 - 12:04 pm .- Benedict XVI has sent a Letter to Cardinal Camillo Ruini thanking him for his long service as president of the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI). On March 7, the Pope accepted Cardinal Ruini's resignation from office and appointed in his place Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa.

Italian archbishop defends Church’s right to criticize cohabitation bill

Mar 27, 2007 - 12:01 pm .- The new head of the Italian bishops’ conference says the Church is doing its duty by criticizing a bill that would allow cohabiting couples to register their union and to obtain financial, inheritance and next-of-kin rights, similar to the rights of married couples.

New Mexico shrine distributes water of "infinite value"

Mar 27, 2007 - 12:01 pm .- The Shrine of St. Bernadette in Albuquerque is distributing holy water from Lourdes as a way to spread spirituality—but it had to get through U.S. customs first.

Holy See issues Pope Benedict’s liturgical schedule for Holy Week

Mar 27, 2007 - 11:58 am .- The Press Office of the Holy See made public today the schedule for all the liturgical events of Holy Week to be celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI, from Palm Sunday through the Easter Triduum. According to the press release, on Sunday April 1st the Holy Father will celebrate Palm Sunday, also known as Passion Sunday, which recalls both the triumphant reign of Jesus and the announcement of his passion and death.  

Irish Bishops join with other Christian leaders in praising Northern Ireland progress

Mar 27, 2007 - 10:53 am .- Leaders from the Catholic, Presbyterian, Anglican, and Methodist Churches of Northern Ireland have joined together in support of a stunning announcement by the leaders of Northern Ireland's major Protestant and Catholic political parties to forge a power-sharing administration in the deeply divided area.

Pro-life leader says Marquette University should fire dissident theologian

Mar 27, 2007 - 10:49 am .- Marquette University should stop “hiding behind false ideas of tenure and academic freedom” and dismiss Dan Maguire, whose ideas are inconsistent with the Church’s teachings on contraception, abortion and marriage, said Fr. Thomas Euteneuer, president of Human Life International.