Archive of July 31, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of July 31, 2007

Cardinal Rouco surprised at thousands of youth participating in missionary event

Jul 31, 2007 - 01:35 pm .- The Archbishop of Madrid, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela said this week he was surprised at the thousands of young people who have taken to the streets “to proclaim Jesus Christ as the Savior of mankind and of young people” in the Mission Youth event in Madrid.

Chavez engaged in “circus” with insults against the Church, says archbishop

Jul 31, 2007 - 11:38 am .- Archbishop Fernando Saenz Lacalle of San Salvador said this week people are “bored stiff” with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s insults against the Church and that they should not be given “much importance.”

Salvadoran Archbishop calls theft of religious items a “sad disgrace”

Jul 31, 2007 - 11:34 am .- Archbishop Fernando Saenz Lacalle of San Salvador has denounced the stealing of religious artwork from several churches in the country, calling it a “sad disgrace, first of all because it is a sacrilege, and second because of the historical and artistic worth that these works have as a national patrimony and because of the material value they have.”

U.S. bishops urge Rice to offer more aid to Iraqi refugees

Jul 31, 2007 - 11:19 am .- The U.S. Catholic bishops are calling on the Bush administration to work more urgently toward the responsible transition to end the war in Iraq and to increase aid for Iraqi refugees.

Physicians, patients back to bill to promote adult stem-cell research

Jul 31, 2007 - 11:15 am .- Doctors and patients, who have participated in medical treatments derived from adult stem cells, have expressed support for the Patients First Act of 2007 — new federal legislation that will promote such research, reported Cybercast News Service.

Mainline US denominations losing members to ‘new churches’, says researcher

Jul 31, 2007 - 11:12 am .- A researcher is forecasting that, by 2025, the “market share” of conventional churches will be cut in half. George Barna, founding director of the Barna Group, a Ventura-based firm that researches religious trends, says people are creating a new form of church that favors small-group sharing and leaves large structured churches and their rituals behind.

Venezuelan bishops still waiting for meeting with Chavez

Jul 31, 2007 - 11:11 am .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela, Archbishop Ubaldo Santana of Maracaibo, said this week the bishops have already asked for a meeting with President Hugo Chavez but are still awaiting a positive response.

Catholic Church refuses invitation to join condom campaign for WYD 2008

Jul 31, 2007 - 11:02 am .- Catholic Church officials said they will not cooperate with a safe-sex campaign directed at the 500,000 pilgrims expected to attend World Youth Day in Sydney next year, reported The Sydney Morning Herald.

Bishop Pelotte's injuries more consistent with an assault

Jul 31, 2007 - 09:49 am .- Over a week ago, Bishop Donald Pelotte of the Diocese of Gallup was taken to the hospital after sustaining severe head injuries in a fall. However, when he arrived at the emergency room, the doctor on call noted that his injuries were not consistent with a fall and called the police. According to Deacon Timoteo Lujan, Pelotte's assistant and the chancellor of the diocese, the severity of Pelotte's injuries caused the emergency room physician to wonder if the 62-year-old bishop had possibly been a victim of a violent assault.  

Australian priest suspended for unholy verbal tirade

Jul 31, 2007 - 10:18 am .- Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne has given an undisclosed amount of leave to Reverend Monsignor Geoff Baron for swearing, making sexual remarks, and racially offensive comments directed towards teenage skateboarders.

Benedict XVI calls for prayers for China during month of August

Jul 31, 2007 - 09:52 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has called for prayers that the Church “may bear witness to ever greater inner cohesion.” That the Church in China may bear witness to ever greater inner cohesion...

Fr. Federico Lombardi responds to the Taliban’s call for condemnation of coalition killings in Afghanistan

Jul 31, 2007 - 09:42 am .- Fr. Federico Lombardi, the spokesman for the Vatican, has responded to the Taliban’s demand that the Pope condemn the violence of the coalition forces in Afghanistan by saying that all should work for the cause of peace. However, he noted that the kidnapping of innocent people is particularly worrisome.The spokesman addressed the Holy Father’s appeal more specifically saying, “It is an appeal to all men and women of conscience who have respect for life, human dignity and the cause for peace.” Fr. Lombardi added, “He [the Holy Father] condemned the taking of hostages as an instrument of war.”