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

US Bishops Urge Elected Officials To Support DREAM Act

Sep 21, 2007 - 11:31 am .- The United States bishops are calling on Congress to vote in favor of the DREAM Act.

Catholic trustees vote to allow HPV vaccine in schools

Sep 21, 2007 - 11:24 am .- An increasing number of Catholic school boards across Ontario are voting in favor of allowing public health nurses to administer the controversial HPV vaccine in their schools despite the bishops’ warning against it, reports The Globe and Mail.

Experts propose endowment for small businesses in post-Castro Cuba

Sep 21, 2007 - 11:20 am .- A Cuban-American think tank has asked the US government, the European Union and private companies to create a special fund of $300 million to aid small businesses in the eventual post-Castro Cuba.

Spanish archbishop denounces attempts to “monopolize knowledge”

Sep 21, 2007 - 11:09 am .- Archbishop Agustin-Garcia Gasco of Valencia this week denounced attempts to “monopolize knowledge” by certain social groups.

Dominican center in Spain offers therapy to young people involved in gangs and their parents

Sep 21, 2007 - 10:59 am .- The “Oikos” Center in Valencia, operated by the Dominicans, is offering therapy to families whose children have become involved in gangs, such as the “Latin Kings.”

Lebanese bishop launches energetic call to halt destruction of country

Sep 21, 2007 - 10:56 am .- Maronite Bishop Bechara Rai of Byblos (Lebanon) has strongly condemned the recent attack in Beirut that took the lives of nine people, including Antoine Ghanem, a Christian lawmaker, who was going to take part in the presidential elections next week in Parliament.

Rotary Club criticized for supporting pro-abortion groups and promoting population control

Sep 21, 2007 - 10:54 am .- The Rotary Club is an organization that is most often associated with its drive to end polio. However, in a new report on the group, Life Decisions International (LDI) exposes what it claims are ties to pro-abortion and population control programs.In his recent report titled, “Rotary’s Dance With Death: Population Control Agenda and Ties to Pro-abortion Groups Eclipse Good Works,” the President of LDI, Douglas R. Scott, Jr., stated, “It would be impossible for any person with an intact conscience to turn a blind eye to Rotary's ungodly associations and population control programs. One may offer up any excuse or justification he or she desires, but there is no way that anyone who truly cares about human life, born and pre-born, could be associated with Rotary International. No way whatsoever."  

New Jersey attacks religious freedom of Methodist campground

Sep 21, 2007 - 10:43 am .- The state of New Jersey denied the tax-exempt status of part of a Methodist campground because it has refused to host same-sex ceremonies. Ocean Grove Camp Ground in New Jersey was founded and has been privately owned by a Methodist organization since 1870.

Amnesty organizes worldwide protest against Nicaragua’s sodomy law

Sep 21, 2007 - 10:22 am .- Amnesty International has expanded its mission to gay rights issues and has demanded that Nicaragua to repeal its sodomy law.

Catholic Charities USA Issues New Emergency Assistance Grants to Catholic Charities in Oklahoma City and Brooklyn

Sep 21, 2007 - 09:32 am .- To help local Catholic Charities agencies with their recovery efforts from recent disasters in their communities, Catholic Charities USA's Office of Disaster Response has issued two new emergency assistance grants of $10,000 each to Catholic Charities in Oklahoma City and Brooklyn-Queens.

Melbourne’s 328 Catholic schools asked to cut ties with Amnesty

Sep 21, 2007 - 09:05 am .- Amnesty International’s abortion reversal is causing a reaction that is larger than the group may have believed possible. The head of the Catholic Education Office in Melbourne, Australia, Mr. Stephen Elder, has urged all 328 of the archdiocese’s schools to sever their connections to the human rights group.Elder’s letter called on schools to "convey their disappointment" to AI, because they decided earlier this year to abandon their long-standing neutral position on abortion and to begin lobbying governments that ban abortion to decriminalize it.  

Mother carries on late daughter’s legacy to help the poor in Dominican Republic

Sep 21, 2007 - 07:30 am .- Eileen Specchio, a professor at the College of St. Elizabeth, traveled to the Dominican Republic last month to lead an enthusiastic team of nurses, nurse practitioners and nursing students on a mission trip to care for the health needs of the island nation’s desperately poor people.