Archive of May 8, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of May 8, 2007

New Catholic radio station launched

May 8, 2007 - 11:35 am .- A new Catholic radio station promises to provide “honest and intelligent and programming that will enrich their (the listeners) understanding of the world and their Catholic faith.” For more information, go to:

Colombian bishops to celebrate Mass for aborted children

May 8, 2007 - 11:34 am .- The bishops of Colombia announced they will celebrate a Mass for aborted children in order to mark the first anniversary of the legalization of abortion in Colombia, which was the result of a ruling by the country’s Constitutional Court.

Church should fight for the life, marriage and the family, says Peruvian cardinal

May 8, 2007 - 11:33 am .- During his weekly radio program, “Dialogue of Faith,” Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne of Lima warned of the existence of a worldwide campaign to attack religion in order to destroy the right to life, marriage and the family, and said Catholics must put up resistance.

Cardinal Obando: I never asked the US for arms

May 8, 2007 - 11:30 am .- Cardinal Miguel Obando y Bravo, who is presiding over a national reconciliation commission in Nicaragua created by the current Sandinista government, emphatically stated this Sunday that he never asked the US government for arms against the “Contras,” the guerrilla army that fought against the first government created after the Sandinista revolution (1979-1990).  Last Sunday, the local newspaper “El Nuevo Diario,” published an interview with the poet Michelle Najlis, a one-time Sandinista militant, who accused the cardinal without proof of soliciting arms for the Contras.

Pro-choice senator prohibited from speaking at Catholic high school graduation

May 8, 2007 - 11:28 am .- A Catholic all-girls high school withdrew its invitation to Sen. Claire McCaskill to speak at this year’s graduation ceremony because her positions on abortion and stem cell research are not in line with the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Canadian Pro-Life group exhorts courts to protect unborn children

May 8, 2007 - 11:23 am .- The Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) is urging Canadians to reconsider the juridical void, which makes it possible for women to access free abortions across the country.

Mother presents first case of conscientious objection to Socialist education course in Spain

May 8, 2007 - 11:19 am .- Lourdes Perez, a mother of four school-age children, has become the first person in the Spanish region of Catalonia to file for conscientious objection to the controversial course “Education for Citizenship,” which thousands of Spaniards have labeled Socialist propaganda.

Vatican official says religious experiencing difficult trials in Europe

May 8, 2007 - 11:16 am .- The secretary for the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Archbishop Agostino Gardin, OFM Conv., said this week religious life in Europe “is currently facing unprepared for difficulties.”

Archdiocese of Denver to ordain 3 priests, including one cancer survivor

May 8, 2007 - 11:13 am .- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M., Cap. will ordain three men to the Catholic priesthood on Saturday, May 12 at 10 am at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, including one cancer survivor.

Pope appoints new bishop in Canada

May 8, 2007 - 11:06 am .- Pope Benedict XVI appointed as Bishop of Saint John in New Brunswick (Canada) Most Reverend Robert Harris, until now Auxiliary bishop of Sault Sainte Marie. Robert Harris was born in Montréal in September 26, 1944. Studied at the Loyola College in Montréal, completed his theological studies at the Seminary of Montréal; and from 1973 to 1975 studied Canon Law in Roma at the Pontifical Gregorian University.

European Bishops acknowledge uphill road to re-Christianize Europe

May 8, 2007 - 10:58 am .- European bishops gathered in Rome for the seventh meeting of the Special Council for Europe of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops acknowledged today that the impulse for a new evangelization faces serious challenges on the old continent. During the meeting, Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, Secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, made reference to John Paul II's 2003 Apostolic Exhortation "Ecclesia in Europa” and  recalled “the challenges and the signs of hope facing the Church on the European continent.”