Archive of October 31, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of October 31, 2007

Catholic Church in Mexico discourages Halloween celebrations

Oct 31, 2007 - 04:28 pm .- As many people prepare to celebrate Halloween today, the Catholic Church in Mexico has published an article describing the holiday as “damaging and against the faith.”  The celebration of the American holiday has filtered into Mexico with monster costumes now competing in sales with flowers, which are sold for the traditional Day of the Dead festivities.

Holy Father's prayer intentions for November

Oct 31, 2007 - 11:06 am .- Today, the press office of the Vatican made public the Holy Father’s intentions for November. 

Church faces difficult times, says Nuncio in Mexico

Oct 31, 2007 - 11:01 am .- After a meeting this week with the governor of Sonora, Eduardo Bours, the Apostolic Nuncio in Mexico, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, said that while the Church is not in crisis, she is facing difficult times.

Chavez reforms would restrict freedom and make power of State absolute, warns Venezuelan archbishop

Oct 31, 2007 - 10:58 am .- Archbishop Reinaldo Del Prette of Valencia reaffirmed the recent statements by the bishops of Venezuela calling President Hugo Chavez’s constitutional reform “morally unacceptable” because they restrict the rights of citizens and grant absolute power to the State, “with a president who is re-elected indefinitely.”

Cardinal Lopez Rodriguez defends massive march for life

Oct 31, 2007 - 10:53 am .- During a pro-life march organized by the Catholic Church last weekend in protest of a bill that would legalize abortion in the Dominican Republic, Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez of Santo Domingo defended the march as necessary for expressing the position of the Catholic majority in the country.

Family groups denounce lawmakers for refusing to help pregnant women

Oct 31, 2007 - 10:41 am .- Socialists and leftists in the parliament of the Spanish region of Andalusia have rejected a proposal to establish an initiative that would assist pregnant women and provide them with alternatives to protect them and their children from abortion.

Clergy organization denounces calls for a less accurate Missal translation

Oct 31, 2007 - 10:29 am .- The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy voiced its support for a literal and accurate English translation of the 2000 Roman Missal. In a recent announcement the confraternity denounced a letter that the National Coalition of American Nuns sent to the United States Council of Catholic Bishops. 

Illinois moment-of-silence law unconstitutional, lawsuit alleges

Oct 31, 2007 - 10:25 am .- A 14-year-old girl and her outspoken atheist father have filed a federal lawsuit Friday challenging an Illinois law requiring a brief period of prayer or reflective silence at the start of the day, the Associated Press reports.

Georgetown University bows to homosexual activists’ demands

Oct 31, 2007 - 10:05 am .- The president of Georgetown University, the oldest Catholic university in the United States, has promised funding by next fall for a campus center for homosexual activists.   President John DeGioia explained his decision to the press: “How do we respond to legitimate requests for a more supportive environment? We can continue to do this in a somewhat informal manner … or we can move forward in a more organized way, through more formal and institutional structures and processes. In this case, it is time for the latter.”

Evictions rattle tenants in Church-owned apartments

Oct 31, 2007 - 10:02 am .- Several thousand residents in Rome face eviction from their homes rented from the Vatican and other Catholic organizations.

Archbishop to UN: "life is not at anyone's disposal"

Oct 31, 2007 - 09:54 am .- Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the Apostolic Nuncio leading the Holy See's permanent observer mission to the United Nations, gave an address to the UN Tuesday stressing the importance of human rights in forming a culture of peace.

To be a good Christian is to be a good citizen, explains the Holy Father

Oct 31, 2007 - 09:14 am .- Steady rain fell on St. Peter’s Square today, but that did not stop 30,000 people from attending the Pope’s Wednesday audience. He pointed the gathered pilgrims to the example of St. Maximus of Turin, who teaches Christians that they are called to be good citizens of earth and of Heaven.  Maximus became bishop of the Italian city of Turin in the year 398 just as it was being threatened by various barbarian tribes. Since Turin was protected by a military garrison, it served as a safe haven for people fleeing rural areas.