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

Peruvians see miracle in famous crucifix spared during earthquake

Aug 17, 2007 - 11:20 am .- Peruvians are calling it a miracle that despite the massive destruction to the Shine of Luren—located in the province of Ica--in the August 15 earthquake in Peru, the huge crucifix venerated for centuries by Peruvians was unscathed. The image of the Crucified Christ, which has been venerated in the city of Ica since the 16th century, suffered no damage even though half of the shrine was destroyed by the 8.0 magnitude quake that shook the Peruvian coastline and took the lives of more than 600, leaving thousands wounded.

Taize community marks the anniversary of their founder's death

Aug 17, 2007 - 11:15 am .- Yesterday marked the second anniversary of the murder of Br. Roger, the founder of the ecumenical Taize community in France. He was stabbed to death during a prayer service at the age of 90.

Cuban doctor reiterates human dimension of medical vocation

Aug 17, 2007 - 10:52 am .- In an article published by the magazine Vitral, Doctor Maria De la Luz Casas reminded doctors and students that the practice of medicine should be motivated by the desire to learn science that helps the patient, as “learning in order to have knowledge can be good (but) learning in order to serve can be better.”

Faith in resurrection fundamental in today’s ‘light’ society, says Spanish cardinal

Aug 17, 2007 - 10:48 am .-  Cardinal Antonio Cañizares of Toledo said this week Christians need to strengthen their faith in the resurrection in order to confront the “light” mentality of the times characterized by the “nihilistic tetralogy” of hedonism, consumerism, permissiveness and relativism.

Archbishop calls on Paraguayans to vote with “clarity” in upcoming elections

Aug 17, 2007 - 10:29 am .- Archbishop Pastor Cuquejo of Asuncion has called on Paraguayans to reflect as they get ready to go to the polls and to cast their vote “with clarity and transparency.”

Rally against divorce planned for this weekend in DC

Aug 17, 2007 - 10:24 am .- Thousands of people from across the United States are expected to converge on Washington DC Aug. 18 to rally for family rights. Activists at the rally are trying to raise support for children who have been the victims of no-fault divorce which can cause them to lose of one of their parents.

Romanian Orthodox leader says television ‘poisons souls’

Aug 17, 2007 - 10:20 am .-  A Romanian Orthodox Church leader on Wednesday said television has been "poisoning the souls of Romanians" with violent programs.

Gaza Christians under Islamic threat

Aug 17, 2007 - 10:12 am .- The Christian minority in Gaza are under increasing pressure by Hamas to become Muslims, submit to Islamic law or leave the Gaza Strip, says a report by the Cybercast News Service.

Web hosting service marks first anniversary of providing Church in Latin America access to the Internet

Aug 17, 2007 - 10:10 am .- Trimilenio, a service operated by VE Multimedios that offers free web sites for the Church, celebrated its first anniversary on August 15, 2006, Solemnity of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.

RU 486 abortion pill unsafe despite media reports

Aug 17, 2007 - 09:40 am .- A recent study appearing in the August 16 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine reports that the abortion drug RU486 is as safe as having a surgical abortion. However, the study is being spun in favor of the abortion industry by the mainstream media. The study has concluded that the risk to future pregnancies after a RU486 abortion versus a surgical abortion is equal. Journalists have interpreted the finding to mean that the abortion drug is safe, when in fact, neither is ever safe.

Greek-Orthodox archbishop slams Turkish government for denying him visa to visit patriarch

Aug 17, 2007 - 09:36 am .- Greek-Orthodox Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus yesterday condemned Ankara for refusing to issue him a visa so that he could conduct a planned visit to Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios later this week, according to the Greek newspaper Kathimerini.