Archive of October 16, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of October 16, 2007

Reported American miracle could secure Cardinal Newman's beatification

Oct 16, 2007 - 05:46 pm .- The Holy See's Congregation for Saints is considering the beatification of John Henry Cardinal Newman after indications he may have worked his first miracle, the Telegraph reports.

Uruguayan Senate set to vote today on abortion

Oct 16, 2007 - 04:03 pm .- The Uruguayan Senate is set to vote today on a bill that in practice would legalize abortion on demand in the country.  Slipping under the radar screen of the media, the bill’s sponsors introduced the measure last Friday, as the country moved into a three-day weekend. 

Pope Benedict will announce consistory to create new cardinals tomorrow

Oct 16, 2007 - 03:10 pm .- Sources at the Vatican have informed CNA that Pope Benedict XVI will announce during tomorrow’s General Audience that he will convene a consistory to create new cardinals in November.Currently there are 105 cardinals under the age of 80 that are a part of the College of Cardinals, which leaves 15 vacancies to reach the normal total of 120. This month the former Secretary of State, Cardinal Angelo Sodano and the American cardinal Edmund Szoka will both turn 80, bringing the total number of open spots to 17.

Late Pope John Paul II makes a fiery appearance in Poland?

Oct 16, 2007 - 02:34 pm .- An interesting photograph emerged on the Vatican’s television station on Monday. The picture claims to show the shape of Pope John Paul II in the flames of a bonfire built at a memorial service on the occasion of the second anniversary of his death.

Cardinal Herranz: Vatican first to want an “internal cleansing”

Oct 16, 2007 - 01:01 pm .- In an interview with the Italian daily “La Repubblica,” Cardinal Julian Herranz, president emeritus of the Commission for Legislative Texts of the Holy See, said in response to news of a Vatican official suspended over accusations of homosexual activity that the Vatican is the first to want a “profound internal cleansing.”“We are the first to want an internal cleansing, but that cleansing will be done with respect for human rights and after the ruling of judicial authorities,” he said.  

Dissenting theologian's lecture draws objection from bishop

Oct 16, 2007 - 10:41 am .- In Austin, Texas Bishop Gregory Aymond has objected to a planned lecture at St. Edward's University to be given by a priest who has previously been disciplined for dissent from Catholic teaching, the Associated Press reports.

Leader of Fraternity of St. Pius X names theological commission to study Vatican II

Oct 16, 2007 - 10:34 am .- The leader of the Fraternity of St. Pius X, Archbishop Bernard Fellay, has formed a theological commission to study the Second Vatican Council.

Catholic women in Argentina target of attacks at National Encounter of Women

Oct 16, 2007 - 10:24 am .- The 22nd annual National Encounter of Women held in Cordoba, Argentina, became a platform for launching attacks against Catholic women who participated in the event.  Numerous women were physically assaulted by feminist groups whose purpose in attending was to promote abortion and gender ideology.

California bill could radically favor homosexuality in schools

Oct 16, 2007 - 10:09 am .- Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed into law a bill requiring all California public schools to positively portray homosexuality to children as young as kindergarten.The bill from the California Legislature, Senate Bill 777, forbids any instruction or school-sponsored activity that "promotes a discriminatory bias" against gender and sexual orientation. 

Notre Dame ACE teachers in four Mobile Catholic schools

Oct 16, 2007 - 09:55 am .- The University of Notre Dame has sent six young teachers to work in Catholic schools in Mobile as part of the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program. Now in its fourteenth year, the ACE program matches recent college graduates with Catholic schools in need. The benefit to the schools is the presence of enthusiastic, energetic, young teachers who serve as extraordinary role models for their students. In many ways, ACE placement is considered a term of service, and the teachers are given only a modest stipend for their work. They live in community and share in a common prayer life.

Deatils emerge on Knights Templar document from Secret Archives

Oct 16, 2007 - 09:49 am .- A recently rediscovered document has shed new light on the trial and suppression of the legendary Knights Templar. CNA previously reported that the document would be published, but now more details have become available.

Marriage celebration in the Diocese of Tucson

Oct 16, 2007 - 09:40 am .- On a sunny and breezy Sunday afternoon, St. Augustine Cathedral in Tucson was filled to capacity Sept. 23 as parishioners from throughout the Diocese joyfully joined with Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas to renew their marriage vows in an inaugural annual “Celebration of Marriage Mass.”

Pope Benedict XVI calls for food to recognized as a universal human right

Oct 16, 2007 - 09:39 am .- Tonight 854 million people will go to bed with an empty stomach even though enough food was produced to feed everyone. Aware of this sad reality, Pope Benedict XVI marked today’s World Food Day by urging all countries to recognize food as a universal human right. In his message, the Pope noted that the right to food was enshrined in the Universal of Declaration of Human Rights, a document adopted by the United Nations in 1948.  

"Sister" gets space in Most Holy Redeemer bulletin

Oct 16, 2007 - 09:32 am .- Archbishop George Niederauer recently made a public apology for giving Holy Communion to two so-called "Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence," a transvestite homosexual group that mockingly dresses as nuns.