Archive of May 14, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of May 14, 2007

Republican candidate Mitt Romney explains his pro-life journey

May 14, 2007 - 03:56 pm .- Massachusetts Citizens for Life honored former Governor  Mitt Romney on Thursday at their Mother’s day Pioneer dinner.  Governor  Romney is currently running for the Republican nomination for President. Romney recounted his journey to his present day pro-life positions. .  “I follow a long line of converts—George Herbert Walker Bush, Henry Hyde, Ronald Reagan.”  He described how after studying  embryo farming and cloning, he began to focus more on life issues.

Bishop undergoes surgery for bladder cancer

May 14, 2007 - 12:13 pm .- Bishop Carl Mengeling of Lansing is scheduled to undergo surgery today. He was diagnosed with bladder cancer and will have his bladder removed.

Sex-ed text books that promote homosexuality pulled from schools in Panama

May 14, 2007 - 12:10 pm .- The Minister of Education in Panama, Miguel Angel Canizales, ordered the removal of four text books on sex education from the country’s schools, after complaints were raised over the contents of the books, which included the promotion of homosexuality among adolescents.

Colombian bishops will not contribute to hiding the truth, conference president warns

May 14, 2007 - 12:07 pm .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Archbishop Luis Augusto Castro, has rejected a proposal by paramilitary leaders for the Church to be a filter for the release of information by the armed groups, saying the Church will not allow itself to be used an instrument to keep certain facts in the dark.

Measure proposed that would allow doctors in Mexico right to refuse to perform abortions

May 14, 2007 - 12:06 pm .-  In the wake of the recent approval of abortion in Mexico City, the National Action Party (PAN) has proposed a reform of the Constitution that would guarantee doctors the right to conscientious objection and to refuse to perform abortions.

Bishops of Madrid call on voters to bring their values to voting booth

May 14, 2007 - 12:03 pm .- The bishops of the ecclesiastical province of Madrid have called on the faithful to vote responsibility in the upcoming local elections on May 27 and to keep in mind Catholic teachings as they cast their votes for choices that are “compatible with the faith and with natural law.”

Prendergast appointed Archbishop of Canadian Capital City

May 14, 2007 - 12:00 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Hailfax’s Archbishop Terrence Thomas Prendergast S.J. as the new metropolitan archbishop of Canada’s capital of Ottawa.

Hundreds of thousands celebrate 90th anniversary of Fatima apparitions in Portugal

May 14, 2007 - 11:52 am .- In the presence of hundreds of thousands of faithful at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, the former Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Pope’s special envoy to the event, presided at the Mass celebrating the 90th anniversary of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary, which began on May 13, 1917.

Bush names well known Christians to International Religious Freedom Commission

May 14, 2007 - 11:43 am .- President George W. Bush intends to appoint three new members to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. The new members — two of whom are well known Christians — include Michael Lewis Cromartie of Virginia, Talil Eid of Massachusetts, and Leonard Leo of Virginia.  Leo received his law degree from Cornell Law School in 1989. He is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court, D.C. Circuit, Federal Circuit, Washington, D.C., and New Jersey Bars.

Pope Benedict departs South America, but leaves message of hope and prayer for the ‘common good of the family’

May 14, 2007 - 11:39 am .- Pope Benedict XVI concluded his historic trip to Brazil Sunday, saying that the residents of South America “have given whole-hearted proof of their faith in Christ” and their love for the office of the Pope.

Mid-Atlantic Muslim-Catholic Dialogue approves document on marriage

May 14, 2007 - 11:05 am .- The Mid Atlantic Dialogue of Muslims and Catholics is expected to publish its joint statement later this year on the central principles of the Catholic and Sunni Muslim marriage traditions.

Hundreds of thousands gather for ‘Family Day’ demonstration in Rome

May 14, 2007 - 11:00 am .- Tens of thousands of families rallied Saturday in Rome to pressure Italian Parliament to reject legislation that would grant new rights to same-sex and other unmarried couples.