Archive of June 4, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of June 4, 2007

President of Mexico meets with Pope, renews invitation to visit

Jun 4, 2007 - 12:09 pm .- This morning the Pope received Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, the president of Mexico in an audience. He also met with the Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone and Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the secretary for Relations with States.

Cardinal Rivera of Mexico City backs politicians efforts to fight new abortion law

Jun 4, 2007 - 12:05 pm .- Speaking with reporters after Sunday Mass, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City, expressed his support for public officials who are fighting the new law legalizing abortion in the Mexican capital.

President of Colombian bishops calls on rebels to be “flexible” in hostage release negotiations

Jun 4, 2007 - 12:01 pm .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Archbishop Augusto Castro, has again called on the “Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia” (FARC) to have greater flexibility in reaching an agreement for the release its hostages, including three US soldiers.

Archbishop Ncube accuses govt. of Zimbabwe of brainwashing and intimidation

Jun 4, 2007 - 11:39 am .- Robert Mugabe's regime in Zimbabwe is training young adolescents to reinforce his police units by using brainwashing techniques in army camps.This information was given by Archbishop Pius Ncube of Bulawayo to the international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

Bush to speak about Cuba during meeting with Benedict XVI

Jun 4, 2007 - 11:37 am .- US President George W. Bush said this weekend he hopes to speak with Pope Benedict XVI about Cuba and “it’s desire to be free” during his upcoming meeting with Pontiff on June 9 at the Vatican.

Cardinal Bertone shows original letter containing third secret of Fatima on TV

Jun 4, 2007 - 11:17 am .- Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, showed the original letter from Sister Lucia containing the third secret of Fatima, which the Vatican revealed in 2000, for the first time on television.During the program “Porta a Porta” on the RAI Uno network, the cardinal first opened an orange envelope with a translation in Italian of the letter...

Malta’s first saint canonized, identity of miracle boy revealed

Jun 4, 2007 - 11:06 am .- Pope Benedict XVI canonized Malta’s first saint on Sunday. St. George Preca founded the Society for Christian Doctrine, popularly known as “Museum”. This is the acronym for the Latin phrase Fr. George would use to educate Malta in its love for God and neighbor — Magister Utinam Sequator Evangelium Universus Mundus (Divine Teacher, May the Whole World Follow Your Gospel).

Cardinal Bertone announces Latin Mass to be universally authorized “soon”

Jun 4, 2007 - 10:50 am .- In an interview published this Sunday by the Italian Catholic daily “Avvenire”, the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, announced that the Motu Propio authorizing the universal celebration of the Mass of St. Pius V—known as the Tridentine Mass—will be made public “soon.” During the interview, Cardinal Bertone, said the Motu Propio that would be signed by Pope Benedict XVI would authorize any priest to celebrate the Tridentine Mass without the need for prior approval by the local bishop.

IRS sends Christian church inquiry about alleged political activity

Jun 4, 2007 - 10:34 am .- The IRS has sent an inquiry letter to Spirit One Christian Center, stating that "a reasonable belief exists that your organization has engaged in political activities."

Schwarzenegger says his Catholic faith doesn’t affect his political decisions

Jun 4, 2007 - 10:32 am .- Arnold Schwarzenegger told a Toronto newspaper that his Catholic faith does not impact his decisions as governor of California. “I always said that you should not have your religion interfere with government policies or with the policies of the people,” Schwarzenegger was quoted as saying in The Toronto Star. The former actor was in Canada at the end of May for a three-day trade mission.

Benedict XVI sends his prayers to families of Iraqi priest and three deacons murdered in Mosul

Jun 4, 2007 - 09:44 am .- The senseless campaign against Christians in Iraq has claimed yet another group of victims. Yesterday morning Fr. Ragheed Aziz Ganni was shot and killed in Mosul along with three sub-deacons after they had finished celebrating Mass. The names of those murdered are: Fr. Ragheed Aziz Ganni and sub-deacons Basman Yousef Daoud, Ghasan Bidawid and Wadid Hanna. The Holy Father sent his prayers and condolences to the families of those killed by the terrorists saying,“[I] willingly join[s]the Christian community in Mosul in commending their souls to the infinite mercy of God our loving Father...