Archive of April 19, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of April 19, 2007

President, candidates respond to court's decision on abortion ban

Apr 19, 2007 - 11:37 am .- As news of the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a partial-birth abortion ban worked its way through Washington and around the country, President George W. Bush and several of the suitors for his office responded with their views on the ruling.

Pope meets with UN Secretary General, receives New York invite

Apr 19, 2007 - 11:20 am .- Late yesterday afternoon Pope Benedict XVI received the new Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, at the Apostolic Palace.  The meeting came at the head of the Secretary General’s two day visit to Italy. According to a press release from the Vatican, the Holy Father and UN leader met for 20 minutes following Ban’s visit with members of the Italian Parliament, President Giorgio Napolitano, and Foreign Minister and Deputy Premier Massimo D'Alema.

Nicaraguan Cardinal: nothing can justify abortion

Apr 19, 2007 - 10:50 am .- In an interview with the CAN news agency, Cardinal Miguel Obando Bravo, Archbishop emeritus of Managua, said abortion for any reason, including for “therapeutic” purposes, is “morally a crime.”

Colombian senator wants to pay men to undergo vasectomies

Apr 19, 2007 - 10:41 am .- A Colombian senator has proposed a new law that would provide economic and professional aid to men who undergo a vasectomy for sterilization.

16th century Bible stolen from church in Honduras

Apr 19, 2007 - 10:39 am .- A Latin translation of the Bible that was brought from Spain to Honduras in 1537 has been stolen from a church in western region of the Central American country.

Lawmakers elected to preserve common good and not to violate right to life, bishops warn

Apr 19, 2007 - 10:38 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Mexico, which is meeting in Plenary Assembly this week, has reaffirmed its position in defense of the life of the unborn and has reminded lawmakers of the Mexico City Legislative Assembly that they were elected “to preserve the common good” and not to pass laws “that violate the natural right to life of the innocent.”

Portuguese bishops pledge to promote life, protect right to conscientious objection

Apr 19, 2007 - 10:34 am .- The Portuguese bishops said they cannot support new legislation, which legalizes abortion and presents it as a legal right.

Bible publishers murdered in Turkey

Apr 19, 2007 - 10:29 am .- Three employees of a publishing house that distributes Bibles were murdered Wednesday in the latest attack against Turkey's Christian minority.

Diocese launches online program for protection of children

Apr 19, 2007 - 10:24 am .- The Diocese of Winona has launched an interactive online learning community, teaching members of the diocese about recognizing and reporting child abuse. The site was launched in partnership with the Professional Learning Board, the Prudent Press Agency reported.

Vatican official calls on intl. community to meet needs of Iraqi refugees

Apr 19, 2007 - 10:19 am .- A Vatican official has launched an urgent appeal to the international community for a coordinated response to the needs of the people who have been displaced by the ongoing war, violence, and civil unrest in Iraq.

Fr. Euteneuer says Supreme Court abortion decision a “mixed blessing”

Apr 19, 2007 - 08:23 am .- While supporters of the rights of unborn children continue offer thanks for the U.S. Supreme Court’s Wednesday decision to uphold the ban on partial birth abortions, some have cautioned that the ruling is only a small step in halting the destruction of innocent human life.

New abortion protocol equivalent to “permission for killing” says Argentinean archbishop

Apr 19, 2007 - 07:52 am .- Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata has denounced the Minister of Health of the province of Buenos Aires for granting “permission to kill,” since “by granting permission to abort, one is granting permission to kill.”