Archive of July 3, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of July 3, 2007

Archeologists to explore contents of St. Paul’s tomb

Jul 3, 2007 - 11:08 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has approved plans to examine the interior of an ancient stone coffin, which Vatican archeologists positively identified as that of St. Paul less than two years ago, reported

US bishops decry failure of immigration reform

Jul 3, 2007 - 11:00 am .- The U.S. bishops decried the failure of comprehensive immigration reform legislation to move forward in the U.S. Senate. “As a nation, we cannot continue to employ an immigration system that leads to the exploitation of millions of our fellow human beings,” said Bishop Gerald Barnes in a June 29 statement.

Bishops call for new constitution to respect values and faith of Bolivian people

Jul 3, 2007 - 10:55 am .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Bolivia, Cardinal Julio Terrazas Sandoval, has sent ten proposals to the Constitutional Assembly in which the Church in that country calls for the new constitution to respect the fundamental values of life, family, marriage, and well as the right to religious freedom.

Superior of Pontifical Missionary Institute warns against politicizing kidnapping of priest in the Philippines

Jul 3, 2007 - 10:45 am .- The Superior General of the Pontifical Missionary Institute, Father Gian Battista Zanchi, has warned against politicizing the kidnapping of Father Giancarlo Bossi, which occurred on June 10 on the Philippine island of Mindanao.

Church willing to collaborate in finding way to bring back bodies of slain government officials

Jul 3, 2007 - 10:37 am .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Archbishop Luis  Augusto Castro, said the Church in that country is willing to collaborate in finding ways to return the bodies of 18 government officials who were killed on June 18 after spending more than two years held captive by the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC).

Pope’s letter motivated by love for China and the Church, says Vatican spokesman

Jul 3, 2007 - 10:33 am .- The director of the Holy See’s Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, said this week Pope Benedict XVI’s letter to Chinese Catholics “is motivated by two great loves: his love for China and his love for the Catholic Church.”

May China open up to freedom and the proclamation of the Gospel, says Cardinal Bertone

Jul 3, 2007 - 10:21 am .- Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said this week that at the same time that China “open itself to the free market and to relations with the nations of the world, it should also open itself to freedom and the proclamation of the Gospel.”

Prayer group helps defeat Delaware stem-cell legislation

Jul 3, 2007 - 10:16 am .- In an 11th-hour vote, Delaware's General Assembly overwhelmingly defeated Senate Bill 5, which would have authorized the use of human embryos in medical experiments.

Pro-Lifers Make Impact at NEA Teacher Convention

Jul 3, 2007 - 10:15 am .- Seventy-five people, including teachers and students as young as eight years old, picketed the NEA convention in Philadelphia July 1. Many NEA delegates openly expressed disbelief, skepticism and shock at the revelation that their union was involved in pro-abortion advocacy.

Knight’s 125th Supreme Convention draws major Catholic media coverage

Jul 3, 2007 - 09:33 am .- The head of the Knights of Columbus has announced that their upcoming 125th annual convention is garnering more attention as three major Catholic media groups have said they will provide coverage of the event. The outlets that have committed to cover the event are Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), Salt & Light Television, and Sirius Satellite Radio’s The Catholic Channel.  

Benedict XVI will go on his second trip outside of Italy in September

Jul 3, 2007 - 08:59 am .- Benedict XVI is due to make an apostolic trip to Austria from September 7 to 9, for the 850th anniversary of the foundation of the Shrine of Mariazell. The Marian shrine is located in the foothills of the Austrian Alps and is the most popular pilgrimage site in central Europe. The shrine can be reached by foot or by bus. The popularity of the shrine is demonstrated by the fact that there are trails that lead to the shrine from every region of the country...