Archive of June 20, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of June 20, 2007

Pope reminds the world not to forget refugees

Jun 20, 2007 - 01:30 pm .- At the end of today's general audience, the Pope recalled the fact that today marks World Refugee Day, an initiative promoted by the United Nations "to ensure that public opinion does not lose sight of those who have been obliged to abandon their countries in the face of a real danger to their lives. "Welcoming refugees and giving them hospitality," the Holy Father added, "is for everyone a vital gesture of human solidarity, in order to help them feel less isolated by intolerance and disinterest. For Christians, moreover, it is a concrete way to express evangelical love.

Leftist politicians push bill to legalize euthanasia in Mexico

Jun 20, 2007 - 12:07 pm .- As part of their anti-life agenda, which has been successful in getting abortion legalized and homosexual unions equated to marriage, lawmakers of the Democratic Party of the Revolution (PRD) have put forth a bill that would legalize euthanasia for terminally ill patients who manifest a desire to end their lives before a notary public and two witnesses.

Catholic schools in Spain refusing to allow parents to opt kids out of controversial course

Jun 20, 2007 - 12:03 pm .- The civil rights watchdog organization has reported that a number of schools run by religious congregations are not allowing parents to opt their children out of the controversial Education for Citizenship course. The EcP course blatantly promotes the normalization of homosexuality and the societal acceptance abortion among other issues.

Archbishops says Venezuelans have no faith in government-run elections

Jun 20, 2007 - 12:01 pm .- The vice president of the Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela, Archbishop Roberto Luckert, said recent actions by the Chavez government, such as the closing down of Radio and Television Caracas, have left the nation disillusioned and that Venezuelans no longer have in faith in the electoral process.

Catholic Church is preferred target of militant atheism, says Argentinean archbishop

Jun 20, 2007 - 12:01 pm .- During his weekly radio program, Archbishop Domingo Salvador Castagna of Corrientes said the Catholic Church is the preferred target of militant atheism.

Famous papal photographer announces retirement

Jun 20, 2007 - 11:59 am .- The famous papal photographer, Arturo Mari, has announced he will retire from the post he has held for more than 50 years. The quiet and discreet Italian photographer, who took some of the most moving images of Pope John Paul II, including pictures of the attempt on his life on May 13, 1981, announced this week he will finally retire and hand his post over to his up-to-now assistant, Francesco Sforza. 

Korean priests renew their vocation, pledge to emulate martyr

Jun 20, 2007 - 11:18 am .- Priests of the Diocese of Wonju, South Korea, recommitted to their vocations and pledged to sanctify their lives daily by following the model of Fr. Thomas Choe Yang-eop, Korea's second native priest.

15 sex-abuse trials to begin in July, diocese expected to settle

Jun 20, 2007 - 10:56 am .- The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is expected to settle hundreds of clergy sex abuse claims as a series of trials are set to start this summer.

Catholic convent desecrated, school ransacked in attacks in Gaza Strip

Jun 20, 2007 - 10:49 am .- A school and convent belonging to the Gaza Strip's tiny Roman Catholic community were ransacked, burned and looted during clashes around a major security headquarters nearby, reported The Associated Press.

Cardinal Pell to be interrogated by parliamentary committee

Jun 20, 2007 - 10:48 am .- Australia’s Council of Civil Liberties has slammed the idea of having Cardinal George Pell interrogated by a parliamentary committee over his comments on therapeutic cloning and stem-cell research, calling it absurd.

Robin Williams attacks Catholic priests and points out lack of consequences

Jun 20, 2007 - 10:14 am .- Robin Williams has decided that he won’t pay any consequences for ridiculing the Church in public, says The Catholic League. On Monday night’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Williams equated all priests with pedophiles and mocked confession. Leno invited the actor on to his show to plug his upcoming movie “License to Wed,” in which he plays a Protestant minister who forces a couple to go through marriage preparation courses. However, the experience of portraying a minister didn’t seem to engender any respect for the clergy in him.

Benedict--St. Athanasius teaches us that those who draw near to God are able to truly draw near to mankind

Jun 20, 2007 - 08:57 am .- Benedict XVI’s general audience today was held inside of Paul VI hall. The theme of the Pope’s teaching was the figure of St. Athanasius of Alexandria (circa 300-373), whom he called a "column of the Church," and a "model of orthodoxy in both East and West." After noting how St. Athanasius' statue was placed by Bernini, alongside statues of other doctors of the Church (St. John Chrysostom, St. Ambrose and St. Augustine), in the apse of the Vatican Basilica, the Pope described the Alexandrian saint as a "passionate theologian of the incarnation of the 'Logos,' the Word of God"...

Church issues guidelines for pastoral ministry to prostitutes, street children, and homeless

Jun 20, 2007 - 07:23 am .- The Church has issued a set of guidelines for those traveling on roadways and those working in pastoral ministries for the liberation of street women, the pastoral care of street children, and the pastoral care of the homeless.   Archbishop Marchetto, the Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples, explained the ways the Church should respond to these pressing situations.