Archive of October 24, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of October 24, 2007

Hispanics are key for defending marriage in the US, says Archbishop Chaput

Oct 24, 2007 - 04:56 pm .- In an exclusive interview with CNA, the Archbishop of Denver, Charles Chaput discussed the role of Hispanics in the defense of the family. The archbishop explained that the family is the most important institution in the Hispanic community.  “The role of marriage and family among Hispanics is very close to the traditional American view. 

Italy moved by teen who offers life for the Church and the Pope

Oct 24, 2007 - 03:22 pm .- In October of 2006, Carlo Acutis was 15 years old and was fading fast from leukemia.  A native of Milan, Acutis touched family members and friends with his witness of offering the sufferings of his illness for the Church and the Pope.  His testimony of faith, which could lead to his beatification in the coming years, has moved Italy.  “The Eucharist: My Road to Heaven: A Biography of Carlo Acutis” is the title of the book by Nicola Gori, a writer for the L’Osservatore Romano, and published by Ediciones San Pablo.

Atheist council in Toledo to present pornographic art exhibit against the Church

Oct 24, 2007 - 11:19 am .- The International Federation of Atheists announced this week it will hold the first Council of Atheists in Toledo, Spain, during which it will present a pornographic and blasphemous exhibit entitled Sanctorum, which features images of Christ, the Virgin Mary and the saints.

Denmark grants asylum to Christian singer fleeing oppression and torture

Oct 24, 2007 - 11:06 am .- An Eritrean Christian gospel singer who faced torture and unjust imprisonment in her homeland has been granted asylum in Denmark, BBC News reports.

Support building in Chile for pharmacies that refuse to sell abortion pill

Oct 24, 2007 - 11:04 am .- The organization “Muevete Chile” has launched a campaign to support Chilean pharmacies that refuse to sell the abortion pill (Plan B) and that are being threatened with millions in fines by the government.

Portuguese government seeks to force doctors to perform abortions

Oct 24, 2007 - 10:48 am .- Portugal’s Minister of Health, Antonio Correia de Campos, has notified the Portuguese Association of Doctors that it should eliminate from its norms the ethical prohibition of performing abortions because abortion is now legal in the country.

Tough bill combating human trafficking renewed

Oct 24, 2007 - 10:32 am .- The House Foreign Affairs Committee has reauthorized the nation's first anti-trafficking law in what US Representative Chris Smith called “another step forward in our commitment to end this appalling form of modern-day slavery.”

UN official says failure to prevent spread of AIDS is fault of Catholic Church, PRI director responds

Oct 24, 2007 - 10:15 am .- An official with the UN HIV/AIDS Program has blamed the Catholic Church for not stopping the spread of the disease in Central America and dismissed the success of campaigns that promote abstinence.Far from acknowledging the failure of the UN to stop the disease, Alberto Stella, UNAIDS coordinator for Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, told the Reuters news agency that the Catholic Church’s opposition to condoms has worsened the AIDS epidemic in Latin America.

"Bella" star gives thanks to fans, calls for final push

Oct 24, 2007 - 09:48 am .- Eduardo Verastegui, star of the movie "Bella," has been "overwhelmed with joy" by the support shown for the movie. In an email to his fans, Verastegui described the progress of Bella as marked by three miracles. 

If you teach the Faith, you can’t be a clown, says Pope Benedict

Oct 24, 2007 - 09:03 am .- In front of more than 30,000 people gathered in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Benedict XVI held his weekly general audience today. The Church Father he turned his attention to for his catechesis was St. Ambrose of Milan. Benedict said that Ambrose's example should teach everyone that living out the faith cannot be a role that they play like a clown, but rather that their faith and life should be one seamless witness.

Catholic radio stations report record growth, number set to double to 220

Oct 24, 2007 - 09:03 am .- The number of Catholic radio stations is set to double, according to Catholic Radio Association president Stephen Gajdosik.  The Catholic Radio Association has secured broadcasting licenses from the FCC for noncommercial educational FM radio stations across the country. 

Saint Leo Abbey to elect new abbot

Oct 24, 2007 - 08:50 am .- After eleven years of leadership under an administrator designated by the American Cassinese Congregation of Benedictine Monasteries, members of Saint Leo Abbey, Saint Leo, FL., are scheduled to vote for a new abbot on October 27.

Artist paints portraits of every saint for whom an LA street is named

Oct 24, 2007 - 08:42 am .- A Montecito Heights artist has been spending the past seven years in what might seem a fruitless task: painting the Saints of Los Angeles.