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

Archbishop of Denver receives Mormon award

Oct 17, 2007 - 04:43 pm .- While acknowledging extreme religious differences, two church leaders stood together to defend traditional marriage and emphasize the importance of family life.

Nurses denounce infanticides at Puerto Rican hospital

Oct 17, 2007 - 03:21 pm .- At least 52 nurses from the maternity ward at the Hospital Universitario in San Juan announced this week they would no longer assist at abortion procedures there because of disagreements over the macabre methods that are used.

John Paul II showed world the infirm have much to say, cardinal states

Oct 17, 2007 - 02:32 pm .- During the presentation of a book about the last days of John Paul II, Cardinal Jean Louis Tauran said Pope Wojtyla “showed the world with his illness that the infirm have much to say.”

Reports about SSPX doctrinal commission said to be untrue

Oct 17, 2007 - 12:12 pm .- Contrary to earlier reports by the website Le Foum Catholique and subsequently CNA, the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) denies that it is holding doctrinal talks with the Vatican.

Let’s not be ashamed of the Gospel, says president of Pontifical Council for the Laity

Oct 17, 2007 - 11:25 am .- “Let us not be ashamed of the Gospel, let us not hold back because of fear, [do not have] absurd inferiority complexes before a world that always denies God.  Let us be brave,” said Archbishop Stanislaw Rylko, president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

Vatican commission denounces corruption and “neo-Marxism” in Latin America

Oct 17, 2007 - 11:13 am .- The Holy See Press Office released a statement on the twelfth meeting of the special Council for America of the general secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, which was held October 9 and 10 and focused on the main threats that hang over the continent.

Prominent Venezuelan cardinal dead at 86

Oct 17, 2007 - 11:09 am .- Archbishop Baltazar Porras, president of the Committee on the Media of the Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference, announced on Tuesday the death of Cardinal Rosalio Castillo Lara, one of the most important figures in the history of the Church in Venezuela.

Iraqi Archbishop appeals to world to help Iraqi Christians

Oct 17, 2007 - 11:04 am .- The Syrian Catholic Archbishop of Mosul, Basilios Georges Casmoussa, has called on Christians around the world to help Iraqi Christians.

Indian layman brings 600 people to the faith

Oct 17, 2007 - 10:50 am .- Clergy and laity had high praise for Lingareddy Johannes Reddy, an Indian layman in the Archdiocese of Hyderabad who has spent more than five decades preaching Christianity and helping the needy. 

Sexual abuse lawsuit against Mexican Cardinal dismissed

Oct 17, 2007 - 10:35 am .- A Los Angeles judge dismissed a lawsuit Tuesday against Mexico City Cardinal Norberto Rivera, who had been accused of transferring a priest accused of sexual abuse to the United States with the co-operation of Catholic authorities in the United States, the Associated Press reports.

Holy See to UN: Diplomacy, not war, is the way to discourage nuclear weapons

Oct 17, 2007 - 10:27 am .- The apostolic nuncio heading the Holy See's permanent observer mission to the United Nations has called for extensive diplomatic activity to further nuclear disarmament around the world, and indirectly condemned possible American military action against Iran for its nuclear program.

Catholic schools in Dayton launch largest collaborative program in nation

Oct 17, 2007 - 10:05 am .- A new approach for both Catholic schools and parishes in the Dayton Deanery is designed to strengthen Catholic education in the area and increase efficiency.

San Diego Diocese in need of a financial miracle

Oct 17, 2007 - 10:04 am .- The financial situation in the Diocese of San Diego is looking grim in the wake of the $198 million sexual abuse settlement. Hoping to prevent the sale of the diocesan headquarters and seminary, Bishop Robert Brom has launched a fundraising campaign called “Embracing Our Mission.”

Oregon woman prevented from starting petition to protect life; State being sued

Oct 17, 2007 - 09:45 am .- The Thomas More Law Center has filed a lawsuit against the Oregon Secretary of State and the Attorney General alleging that they improperly denied a citizen's request to circulate a petition that would amend the Oregon constitution to end abortion in the state.

Eusebius of Vercelli: to live in harmony and be constant in prayer

Oct 17, 2007 - 09:32 am .- The Holy Father continued his series of homilies on the Fathers of the Church, speaking today in St. Peter’s plaza about St. Eusebius of Vercelli. He emphasized that his example should inspire Christians to keep the faith, live in harmony and remain in constant prayer.Eusebius was born in Sardinia at the beginning of the fourth century, educated in Rome and eventually elected Bishop of Vercelli.  “There he founded a priestly community inspired by the early monastic communities of Egypt, and helped to spread the ideal of apostolic holiness throughout northern Italy”, the Holy Father remarked.

Pope Benedict names 23 new cardinals with a couple surprises

Oct 17, 2007 - 09:31 am .- As was reported yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI announced the names of the new cardinals following today’s general audience. The Holy Father’s newest selections contain a couple surprises: the first US cardinal from a Texas diocese and a break with the precedent set by Paul VI to keep the number of papal electors limited to 120 cardinals. Pope Benedict announced the names of 23 prelates who will be made cardinals in a consistory on November 24, the eve of the Feast of Christ the King. Of the 23 new cardinals, 18 will be under the age of 80, thus bringing the total number of electors to 121.