Archive of July 17, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of July 17, 2007

Priests for Life to launch Humanae Vitae observance

Jul 17, 2007 - 11:54 am .- Priests for Life will launch a special yearlong observance, leading up to the 40th anniversary of the encyclical Humanae Vitae.

Prison where renowned Colombian drug lord was held to become Benedictine monastery

Jul 17, 2007 - 11:17 am .- An old prison in Colombia near the city of Medellin, where the infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar was once held in 1992, will soon be converted into a monastery and pilgrimage center.

Pope names first bishop for new diocese in Malaysia

Jul 17, 2007 - 11:15 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has erected the Diocese of Sandakan in the country of Malaysia, where the official religion is Islam, and he has named Father Julius Dusin Gitom as its first bishop.

8,000 people join in Act of Reparation in Spain

Jul 17, 2007 - 11:11 am .- Some eight thousand people joined this past Sunday in an “act of reparation” called for by Archbishop Fernando Sebastian Aguilar of Pamplona for the “blasphemous poster” displayed by the Mulhiko Alaiak club during the traditional San Fermin Festival.

Cardinal Bertone notes positive reactions to Pope’s letter to Chinese Catholics

Jul 17, 2007 - 11:09 am .- The Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, said this week the reactions of the faithful and the bishops to the Pope’s letter to Chinese Catholics have been quite positive.  “The amount of meditation and reflection, especially on the internet, by the Patriotic and clandestine communities has been extraordinary,” he said.

Benedict XVI dedicates part of his vacation to new book and future encyclical

Jul 17, 2007 - 11:01 am .- The spokesman for Pope Benedict, Fr. Fredrico Lombardi, has confirmed that the Pope is dedicating part of his vacation to writing the second part of his book "Jesus of Nazareth," and to reflecting upon his next encyclical "which will have a social theme." During a brief interview given at Lorenzago di Cardore on Sunday July 15, Fr. Lombardi said that the Holy Father "is working mainly upon the continuation of his book on Jesus of Nazareth, while as far as his second encyclical is concerned, it is still at the initial stages of ideas and reflection."

Vatican spokesman says sexual abuse not just Catholic problem

Jul 17, 2007 - 10:52 am .- Sexual abuse of children is not just a Catholic Church problem and other institutions should take steps to acknowledge and deal with such "wickedness" within their own ranks, the chief spokesman for the Vatican said today.

Divorce dropping among college-educated, says public policy expert

Jul 17, 2007 - 10:47 am .- A recent study shows that no-fault divorce leads to a 10-percent increase in the divorce rate and that divorce is dropping among college graduates.

Christian groups are growing in Europe

Jul 17, 2007 - 10:45 am .- After decades of secularization, Europe is showing signs of a modest religious comeback, according to a recent report in the Wall Street Journal.The July 14 article says surveys show that belief in heaven, hell and religious concepts, such as the soul, has increased in parts of Europe...

Militant Bumble Bee replaces Mickey Mouse look-alike on Hamas TV

Jul 17, 2007 - 09:49 am .- Hamas television has created a new cartoon character to replace the Mickey Mouse look-alike, named Farfur, that called for jihad and a global Islamic takeover, reported

Lawsuit filed against vocal critic of President Robert Mugabe, Archbishop Pius Ncube

Jul 17, 2007 - 09:44 am .- The outspoken critic of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, Archbishop Pius Ncube, is being taken to court for allegedly having an affair with one of his secretaries. The lawsuit, filed yesterday by the husband of the woman in question, Mrs. Rosemary Sibanda, asks for the equivalent of $160,000 as compensation for emotional damages and the loss of companionship. In reaction to the filing of charges against the cleric, the Archbishop’s lawyer said that the claims are part of an “orchestrated attempt” to embarrass his client.