Archive of July 11, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of July 11, 2007

Southern Poverty Law Center debunks Fox report on lesbian gangs

Jul 11, 2007 - 03:01 pm .- Claims that the number of violent lesbian gangs across the country is on the rise are unfounded, according to a recent article published by the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Report.

Infamous late-term abortion provider's clinic vandalized

Jul 11, 2007 - 11:14 am .- Abortion practitioner George Tiller’s abortion center was vandalized Tuesday night. The perpetrators were able to get by the security cameras, cut a hole in the roof and insert a garden hose to flood the abortion center. In addition, the perpetrators tried to seal the gate to the parking lot so no one could enter. However, firemen were able to gain access through the gate before the sealant dried.

Venezuelan bishops defend statements about condition of country

Jul 11, 2007 - 11:04 am .- The president of the Plenary Council of Venezuela, Bishop Ovidio Perez, and Bishop Mariano Jose Parra Sandoval of Guayana, said this week that the statement by the Bishops’ Conference about the condition of the country is not interference in affairs beyond their competence but rather the exercising of their duty to provide guidance to the faithful.

Argentina under God’s care, archbishop says on country’s independence day

Jul 11, 2007 - 10:59 am .- Archbishop Ruben Hector di Monte of Mercedes-Lujan said this week the inspiration behind the founding of Argentina came from the Christian faith and that the since its beginnings the country has been “under the care of God our Lord.”

Pope Benedict invited to attend concert at Lorenzago di Cadore

Jul 11, 2007 - 10:54 am .- On the second day of his vacation in the town of Lorenzago di Cadore in northern Italy, Pope Benedict XVI received an invitation from Bishop Giuseppe Andrich of Belluno-Feltre to attend a classical music concert which will feature an organ that dates to 1790.

North Korean Christian evangelist to be executed as example

Jul 11, 2007 - 10:53 am .- An international organization that assists persecuted Christians around the world, launched a worldwide campaign July 10th to free a North Korean man awaiting public execution for being a Christian.

Lawyers propose reform of Mexican constitution to strengthen religious freedom

Jul 11, 2007 - 10:44 am .- The president of the College of Catholic Lawyers in Mexico, Armando Martinez Gomez, announced this week the organization would send a proposal to the National Congress and local legislatures to reform the Constitution in order to strengthen religious freedom in the country and allow religious education in public schools.

Motu Proprio is meant for those faithful to Vatican II and will change nothing for most Catholics, says Cardinal Ricard

Jul 11, 2007 - 10:37 am .- Cardinal Jean Pierre Ricard, president of the Bishops’ Conference of France, said this week the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum by Pope Benedict XVI “is intended for Catholics faithful to the Pope and respectful of the authority of the Council (Vatican II) and who desire to use the 1962 Missal.”

Missouri bans Planned Parenthood from school sex ed classes

Jul 11, 2007 - 10:34 am .- Missouri Governor Matt Blunt signed a bill into law this week that reclassifies abortion clinics as "ambulatory surgical centers" and places them under stricter regulations and the scrutiny of state officials.

Information about kidnapped Italian missionary priest remains scarce

Jul 11, 2007 - 10:28 am .- One month after the abduction of Fr. Giancarlo Bossi in the Philippines, his congregation is still waiting for some communication, either from the Italian missionary himself or from his abductors.

Holy See says protect the dignity and rights of legal and illegal immigrants

Jul 11, 2007 - 10:15 am .- Speaking at the Global Forum on Migration in Brussels, Belgium, Archbishop Agostino Marchetto, secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples said that the human dignity and freedoms of immigrants must be respected.The Global Forum is an initiative that is being sponsored by the United Nations to build a more cohesive and uniform approach to policies on migration and development among its member nations.  

CELAM receives papal approval to publish final document and chooses new president

Jul 11, 2007 - 09:47 am .- Pope Benedict XVI’s final approval for the publication of the final document of the Fifth General Conference of the Episcopate of Latin America and the Caribbean (CELAM) was announced today by the Vatican. The document is the summation of the teachings of the bishops from their recent meeting that the Pope inaugurated this past May. In his letter authorizing the publication of the document, the Holy Father noted that it contains, "many useful pastoral indications motivated with rich reflections in the light of the faith and of the current social situation.