Archive of June 22, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of June 22, 2007

Bishops commend President Bush’s veto of stem-cell bill

Jun 22, 2007 - 11:40 am .- Cardinal Justin Rigali has commended President George Bush for vetoing S. 5, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act. Cardinal Rigali is archbishop of Philadelphia and chairman of the Committee for Pro-Life Activities at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Medical College of Peru embraces abortion

Jun 22, 2007 - 11:39 am .- Officials at the Medical College of Peru (MCP) decided this week to publish an “official document,” harshly contested by its members, forcing the college to adhere to the international agenda of pro-abortion organizations.

Bishops’ committee says Argentinean Supreme Court has defended right to life of the unborn

Jun 22, 2007 - 11:34 am .- The Committee on Marriage and the Family of the Bishops’ Conference of Argentina issued a statement this week recalling that the country’s Supreme Court has already ruled that the unborn child is a “person” under the law and that therefore a measure being considered by the Argentinean Congress to legalize abortion is unconstitutional.

Marianist school allows conscientious objection against book issued by its own publisher

Jun 22, 2007 - 11:31 am .- The most prestigious school run by the Marianist Congregation in Spain, Our Lady of the Pillar in Madrid, has decided to allow conscientious objection against the “Education for Citizenship” course, thus opposing the congregation’s own publishing house which issued the textbook for the controversial class.

Church in Cambodia working to rebuild school system

Jun 22, 2007 - 11:29 am .- According to Father Olivier Schmitthausler, Director of the Committee on Education of the Apostolic Vicariate of Phnom Penh, the rebuilding of the school system in Cambodia, which was destroyed by the dictatorship of the 1970s and by twenty years of civil war, is one of the most important tasks of the Church in that country.

Catholics free to worship in Kuwait, says bishop

Jun 22, 2007 - 11:17 am .- The Catholic Church in Kuwait "enjoys freedom of worship and suffers no restriction whatsoever," says Bishop Camillo Ballin, vicar apostolic of Kuwait. The 63-year-old bishop and Comboni missionary spoke with AKI while attending an international gathering of Catholic clerics and researchers in Venice.

Bishop suspends priest running for political office in Ecuador

Jun 22, 2007 - 10:43 am .- Archbishop Vicente Cisneros of Cuenca announced this week the suspension of the priestly faculties of Father Fernando Vega, who decided to run for a seat in the country’s Constitutional Assembly despite being forbidden from political office by Church law.

Catholic bishops consider political involvement for 2008

Jun 22, 2007 - 10:35 am .- The U.S. bishops are currently considering how prominent their voices will be in the 2008 presidential race. Of late, there have been some high profile encounters between bishops and the different presidential candidates. This has not been isolated to the United States either.

Landmark sexual abuse bill heads to governor's office

Jun 22, 2007 - 10:10 am .- The Delaware Senate voted 15-0 on Wednesday for a bill that eliminates the two-year civil statute of limitations in cases of child sexual abuse. Gov. Ruth Ann Minner said she would sign the bill, reported The News Journal.

Speculation swirls about Blair's possible visit with Pope Benedict

Jun 22, 2007 - 09:36 am .- Tony Blair will  travel tomorrow to the Vatican to meet the Pope in preparation for his conversion to Roman Catholicism reports the Guardian.Speculation that the outgoing Prime minister of England will seek admission to the Church has been circulating for quite some time.  In part, the rumors have been fueled by the regular Mass attendance of Blair with his wife and four children. 

Benedict tells bishops of Togo to evangelize and care for the family, addresses formation of priests

Jun 22, 2007 - 08:42 am .- This morning Pope Benedict received the Bishops of Togo, Africa and exhorted them to evangelize the family, the youth, and through the Catholic schools.   The Holy Father began his address to the bishops by thanking them for "your perseverance and courage in the face of the numerous difficulties your country has had to face over past years. On many occasions," he told them, "you have contributed to dialogue for national reconciliation.”