Archive of July 5, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of July 5, 2007

Priestly vocations continue to increase in Ugandan war zone

Jul 5, 2007 - 12:17 pm .- Despite the war-torn surroundings of nothern Uganda, priestly vocations continue to increase, said Fr. Cosmas Alule in an interview with Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

Pro-family activist cites influence of "big gay money"

Jul 5, 2007 - 11:41 am .- According to the pro-family activist Peter LaBarbera, what he calls "big gay money" is becoming a huge force in state and local politics in America. The pro-family activist is urging grassroots conservatives to offset the influence of these contributions that are being used to finance the campaigns of candidates who favor same-sex "marriage" by contributing themselves.

Catholics in Ukraine beaten and dragged out of church

Jul 5, 2007 - 11:31 am .- News has just been received that a group of Catholics in eastern Ukraine has become the target of a land dispute. Bishop Stanislav Padewski told Aid to the Church in Need that some elderly women were beaten and then dragged outside while were trying to pray in a church in Dnipopetrovsk.

Members of Congress urge US bishops to intervene in Iraq War

Jul 5, 2007 - 11:30 am .- Fourteen Catholic members of Congress released a letter on Tuesday, calling on the country’s Catholic bishops to help end the war in Iraq. The letter urges the bishops to "mobilize Catholic opinion on this, one of the most critical issues of our time."

Chavez calls Catholic leaders “liars” and “perverts” for questioning constitutional reform process

Jul 5, 2007 - 11:20 am .- President Hugo Chavez insulted Venezuela’s Catholic bishops on Tuesday, calling them "liars" and "perverts", after they questioned the openness of Venezuela's constitutional reform process.

Homosexual activists file charges against Belgian bishop

Jul 5, 2007 - 11:12 am .- Belgian homosexual activists have brought charges against Bishop André-Mutien Léonard of Namur for homophobia.Homophobia is a criminal offence in Belgium since the passage of the Anti-Discrimination Act of 2003.

Largest Irish pro-life rally in fifteen years to be held this Saturday

Jul 5, 2007 - 11:00 am .- The Irish pro-life organization Youth Defence is holding what is says will be the largest Irish pro-life event in fifteen years in Dublin this coming Saturday, 7 July. While abortion remains illegal in Ireland, a legal quandary remains because of the X case ruling in 1992 which has been interpreted to allow abortion in one specific instance.

ACLU sues city over icon of Jesus in its lobby

Jul 5, 2007 - 10:19 am .- The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the city of Slidell, Louisiana on Tuesday for displaying a painting of Jesus in its courthouse lobby. The ACLU sued after the Slidell City Court refused to voluntarily remove the picture and a message below it that reads: "To Know Peace, Obey These Laws." The ACLU says the portrait — an image of Jesus presenting the New Testament — is a religious icon of the Eastern Orthodox branch of Christianity, reported The Associated Press. It claims the portrait violates the constitutional separation of church and state.

Benedict XVI tells Dominican bishops to protect families and evangelize the culture

Jul 5, 2007 - 10:15 am .- This morning in the Vatican, the Holy Father received the bishops of the Dominican Republic who have just finished their “ad limina” visit. The Pope’s message for the bishops was that they must work tirelessly to ensure that the “truth about Christ and the truth about man” penetrates all levels of Dominican society. This task, said Benedict XVI, "not without difficulties, takes place among a people whose spirit is open and sensitive to the Good News." Despite the fact that in the Dominican Republic there are evident "symptoms of a process of secularization in which, for many people, God does not represent the source...