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

Archbishop says he will not respond to attacks by President for sake of peace in Bolivia

Sep 17, 2007 - 11:05 am .- A spokesman for Archbishop Tito Solari of Cochabamba, Bolivia, said last week that the prelate would not respond to recent attacks on the Church by President Evo Morales because as a man of peace, he desires reconciliation for all Bolivians.

Pro-life groups slam Spain for aiding abortion policies in Latin America and Africa

Sep 17, 2007 - 11:01 am .- Fundacion Vida in Spain is criticizing that county’s government for contributing almost $7 million to the UN Population Fund to be used for controversial sexual and reproductive health programs in Latin America and Africa.  

Vatican procurator says “real persecution” of Christians exists in Iraq

Sep 17, 2007 - 10:54 am .- The Procurator of the Chaldean Church at the Holy See, Msgr. Philip Najim, said last week, “Nobody can deny that a real persecution of Christians in Iraq is taking place.” 

Lincolnite Earns Fellowship With Catholic Relief Services

Sep 17, 2007 - 10:46 am .- In two weeks, Cathedral of the Risen Christ parishioner and graduate of Pius X High School Patrick Obrist will board a flight to his second home: Africa.

Pope calls for greater cooperation in protection of environment

Sep 17, 2007 - 10:45 am .- At the conclusion of the recitation of the Angelus yesterday at Castelgandolfo, Pope Benedict XVI called on the international community to greater cooperation in promoting “the common good, the development and protection of creation, strengthening the alliance between man and the environment.”

Two thousand handicapped registered for WYD 2008 in Sydney

Sep 17, 2007 - 10:23 am .- Organizers of the next World Youth Day in Sydney, which will be held July 15-20, report that some two thousand handicapped young people have registered to participate in the event.

Pope Benedict's 2008 US visit may include Boston, DC and New York

Sep 17, 2007 - 10:15 am .- Details about Pope Benedict XVI’s much-anticipated apostolic journey to the United States next year have begun to emerge. Anticipated stops for the Pope’s first-ever US visit include, New York, Washington, Boston and possibly Baltimore.  The tentatively scheduled April 15 to 20 trip is centered around a papal speech before the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon personally invited the pontiff to address the UN.

Australian bishops address issue of divorce and reaffirm value of marriage in new pamphlet

Sep 17, 2007 - 09:53 am .- Australia’s bishops are reaching out to those who have suffered the distress of marital breakdown and divorce with a new easy-to-read booklet, which outlines the Church’s teaching in this area and offers pastoral care and support.The booklet, entitled Divorce and the Catholic Church: Frequently Asked Questions, was published with the support of the entire Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.  

“Sarah’s Law” hopes to cut abortion rate in California

Sep 17, 2007 - 09:44 am .- A new initiative is being proposed in California to stop teenage girls from obtaining “secret” abortions under pressure from the older adult men who get them pregnant.

Indian bishops urge Catholics to have more babies

Sep 17, 2007 - 09:12 am .- Worried over a dwindling Christian population in Kerala, a Catholic prelate in the southern Indian state is encouraging families to have more babies.

Accuser makes public allegations against bishop

Sep 17, 2007 - 09:12 am .- The man who accused Bishop Tod Brown of Orange of sexually abusing him in the 1960s spoke publicly for the first time about his allegations Friday, saying he was molested three times when he was a boy living in Bakersfield.

Benedict XVI: Ireland must not cease to be the land of saints and scholars despite its affluence

Sep 17, 2007 - 09:06 am .- On Saturday, Pope Benedict XVI received the new ambassador of Ireland to the Holy See, Noel Fahey. The Pope used the occasion to speak about the new found Irish affluence and the importance of not letting materialism choke Ireland’s soul. 

Benedict to the Poor Clares— “The Pope expects you to be burning torches of love…”

Sep 17, 2007 - 09:00 am .- On Saturday morning, the Holy Father received in an audience the cloistered Poor Clares from the convent of the Immaculate Conception at Albano, which is located in the same area as the Pope’s summer retreat house in Castelgandolfo.