Archive of August 21, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of August 21, 2007

Well-known Catholic author explores Harry Potter series

Aug 21, 2007 - 11:38 am .- Distinguished author, Michael D. O’Brien, has provided CNA with one of his columns on the best-selling Harry Potter series. To read the column “Harry Potter and the Death of God” click here or visit our columns section under "Good Books".

With social inequality there is no education for all, says Argentinean archbishop

Aug 21, 2007 - 11:13 am .- During his weekly program, “Keys to a Better World,” Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata, Argentina, said it would not be possible to achieve the goal of education for all as long as there is social inequality in the country.

Pro-life group calls for Canadian bishops to do more about Amnesty International’s pro-abortion decision

Aug 21, 2007 - 11:13 am .- A Canadian pro-life group has called for more action from the country’s bishops against Amnesty International’s decision to advocate for the worldwide decriminalization of abortion.

Complaining residents told that church bell should "remind them they're being prayed for"

Aug 21, 2007 - 11:06 am .- A Roman Catholic priest is being fined 5,000 euros by municipal officials each time he rings his church bell for early morning Mass.

Church in Chile launches aid appeal for Peruvian earthquake victims

Aug 21, 2007 - 11:04 am .- Coinciding with the upcoming feast of St. Alberto Hurtado, known in Chile as the Day of Solidarity, Caritas Chile has launched an appeal in parishes and church institutions across the country to aid the victims of the earthquake that shook the coast of Peru on August 15.

Church in Paraguay to issue official response to president’s attack on the Church

Aug 21, 2007 - 10:59 am .- Bishop Claudio Gimenez of Caacupe said the Church in Paraguay would officially respond to the attacks on the Church last week by Paraguayan President Nicanor Duarte.

Cleveland diocese involved in embezzlement trials

Aug 21, 2007 - 10:58 am .- The trial began yesterday for a former assistant treasurer of the Diocese of Cleveland, Anton Zgoznik, accused of taking part in widespread financial mismanagement and the embezzlement of church funds.

Spain: 36 percent claim to be practicing Catholics

Aug 21, 2007 - 10:55 am .- According to a survey conducted by the Investiga research firm, although 73.8 percent of Spaniards say they are Catholic, only 36 percent admit that they are practicing.

Judge orders Mexican pro-abortion party to compensate bishop

Aug 21, 2007 - 10:53 am .- A civil judge in Mexico has ordered the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), which recently pushed for the legalization of abortion in Mexico City, to compensate Bishop Onesimo Cepeda of Ecatepec with $180,000 for moral damages.

Australian school cuts ties with Amnesty International over abortion policy

Aug 21, 2007 - 10:53 am .- The headmaster of Sydney's St Aloysius College, Fr. Chris Middleton has confirmed that his school will cut its ties with Amnesty International because of its policy that promotes abortion in some cases.

Mich. Gov. removes embryonic stem-cell petition from website after lawsuit is filed

Aug 21, 2007 - 10:47 am .- Michigan Gov. Jenifer Granholm’s office has removed its petition supporting embryonic stem-cell research from the governor’s publicly funded website.The governor’s action came less than a week after the Thomas More Law Center filed a federal lawsuit asking the court to either ban the petition or allow pro-life groups to place their own petition supporting the ban on embryonic stem-cell research on the website.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone condemns the ratification of Amnesty International’s new abortion policy

Aug 21, 2007 - 10:44 am .- “We cannot ever destroy life, we must always save life even if it is the fruit of violence,” exclaimed Cardinal Bertone in an exclusive interview with Vatican Radio about Amnesty International’s new abortion policy.The human rights organization recently decided to change its policy from a position of neutrality to one that supports abortion, but did so without consulting its members.