Archive of August 29, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of August 29, 2007

New documentary to expose academic punishment for those against Big Bang Theory

Aug 29, 2007 - 02:01 pm .- While universities are known to be places where bright minds expand the frontiers of knowledge, in a new documentary, Ben Stein has found that scientists in these institutions are being stifled and prohibited from straying from ideas that don’t agree with the Big Bang Theory.

New movie spotlights danger of devotion to “Saint Death”

Aug 29, 2007 - 11:37 am .- Armageddon Films has released a new film by producer and director Paco del Toro, entitled “Saint Death,” which focuses on the bizarre devotion that has become popular among some in Mexico.

Day of Solidarity in Argentina commemorates Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Aug 29, 2007 - 11:24 am .- Caritas Argentina has noted that the national Day of Solidarity which was celebrated on August 26, also coincided with the birthday of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta and was a reminder of her commitment to be in tune “with the pain and suffering of those most excluded” and her example of “service and love.”

Archbishop warns Venezuela is heading towards dictatorship

Aug 29, 2007 - 11:16 am .- Archbishop Baltazar Porras Cardozo warned Venezuelans this week that the constitutional reforms proposed by President Hugo Chavez are leading the country towards a dictatorship similar to the Castro regime in Cuba or the Pinochet regime in Chile.

Negotiations for Papal Mass at Australian racehorse track take a turn for the worse

Aug 29, 2007 - 11:05 am .- The dispute continues over whether the World Youth Day closing Mass with Pope Benedict XVI will be held at Randwick racecourse.

Taliban agrees to free Christian South Korean hostages

Aug 29, 2007 - 11:05 am .- Taliban militants have agreed to free 19 South Koreans on the condition that South Korea pull out its 200 troops by the year's end, end all missionary work in Afghanistan and stop its citizens from traveling there.

US Bishops' Labor Day message calls for renewed immigration debate

Aug 29, 2007 - 10:59 am .- The U.S. bishops are calling on Catholics to recommit this Labor Day to defending the lives, dignity, and rights of workers, especially the most vulnerable.

Michael Vick’s statement on ‘finding Jesus’ causes opposing reactions

Aug 29, 2007 - 10:21 am .- Michael Vick’s recent statement that he has “found Jesus” is drawing quite differing reactions. On the one hand, some people doubt his sincerity, while others are asserting that he needs to be reached out to. In his statement after pleading guilty to charges that he ran an illegal dog-fighting ring, Vick told reporters: "I'm upset with myself and, you know, through this situation I found Jesus and asked him for forgiveness and turned my life over to God."

Sweden suspends economic aid to Nicaragua for not allowing abortion

Aug 29, 2007 - 10:18 am .- The government of Sweden has announced it will suspend economic aid to Nicaragua over that country’s laws defending the unborn from abortion under any circumstances, including so-called “therapeutic” abortions.

Pope Benedict XVI denounces Italian and Greek arsonists who caused wildfires

Aug 29, 2007 - 10:14 am .- During today’s general audience, Pope Benedict XVI condemned the "criminal acts" and "irresponsible behavior" of the arsonists, who authorities say are to blame for many of the fires that have devastated Greece and Italy this summer and killed dozens of people.

Passengers on Vatican's new airline prevented from carrying Lourdes water onboard

Aug 29, 2007 - 10:14 am .- Amongst Catholics, water from the well known Marian apparition site of Lourdes, France is a common export. Inspectors at Tarbes-Lourdes airport, on the other hand, didn’t see things the same way and prevented pilgrims traveling on the Vatican’s new airline from boarding with the holy water, reported Reuters. 

Pope Benedict XVI--"The supreme human good is found in Christianty"

Aug 29, 2007 - 09:48 am .- The purpose of all learning and culture is the discernment of the supreme human good, and this supreme good is found in Christianity, Pope Benedict XVI said today under sunny skies in St. Peter’s Square.To illustrate his point, the Holy Father dedicated the Wednesday Audience to St. Gregory of Nyssa, a 4th century Early Church Father.  “Gregory’s outstanding education and intellectual gifts led him first to teaching.  He then embraced the ascetic life, and eventually was ordained Bishop of Nyssa”, the Pope recalled.