Archive of November 5, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of November 5, 2007

Mexico City Health Secretary falsified data to push for legalization of abortion

Nov 5, 2007 - 10:36 pm .- The sub-director of the international office of Fundacion Vida, Guillermo de Navascues, denounced the Health Secretary of Mexico City, Manuel Mondragon y Kalb, for falsifying data provided by pro-abortion organizations in order to convince the Legislative Assembly that abortion was necessary to diminish maternal mortality.

Obsession with violence leading to increase in satanic cults in Colombia, exorcist warns

Nov 5, 2007 - 02:47 pm .- Colombian exorcist Father Jaime Velez Correa said this week the country with the most Satanism “is the United States, the second in the world is Italy and the third is Colombia,” where the current “obsession with violence” has led to an increase in Satanic cults and rites.

Bill meant to legalize euthanasia in Colombia dies mercifully

Nov 5, 2007 - 02:28 pm .- A bill that would have established norms for euthanasia died in the Colombian Senate this week as sponsors of the measure said they lacked the votes to ensure passage.

Augustine Institute on the forefront of the New Evangelization

Nov 5, 2007 - 02:00 pm .- Students of the Augustine Institute not only gain knowledge of the Catholic faith, but they also learn how to effectively communicate the Gospel message in an increasingly secular society. 

Priest known for helping prostitutes and drug addicts passes away

Nov 5, 2007 - 12:18 pm .- Don Oreste Benzi, the president and founder of the Community of Pope John XXIII, died of a heart attack last night at his home in Rimini, Italy. Father Benzi was known for his work in helping people overcome the chains of prostitution and drug addiction.

More abuse of statistics in pro-abortion advocacy alleged

Nov 5, 2007 - 12:11 pm .- The Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute reports more statistical distortions in activist literature favoring the legalization of abortion.

New papal nuncio "ready for challenges" in the Philippines

Nov 5, 2007 - 12:06 pm .- Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams arrived in the Philippines Thursday and assured the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines that he would do "anything for the good of the country," reports.

Law on “Historic Memory” will allow Church to maintain artistic and religious symbols

Nov 5, 2007 - 11:56 am .- The controversial Historic Memory Law which was approved by the Spanish Congress this week will require all monuments, names and public places established after the country’s Civil War to be removed, with the exception of artistic and religious symbols of the Church.

Possible papal visit to Quebec inspires hopes of Catholic revival

Nov 5, 2007 - 11:23 am .- A massive Catholic event is scheduled to take place in Quebec City in June 2008. Canada's first Eucharistic Congress since 1910 is expected to draw over 100,000 people and their numbers could include Pope Benedict XVI, reports the CanWest News Service.   Local Catholics hopes it will revivify Christian life in the area."This will certainly be the culmination of our efforts to re-evangelize Quebec," said Cardinal Marc Oullet, the archbishop of Quebec.  "We have been preparing for this for years. There is a need in Quebec to reconnect with our Christian roots and to revive the Catholic identity," he continued.

Christians would be main victims of attack by Turkey in northern Iraq

Nov 5, 2007 - 11:23 am .- Chaldean Catholic Bishop Mer Patros said this week a possible incursion into the northern Iraq by Turkish forces in to order to combat Kurdish militias would affect Iraqi Christians the most.

New Families Movement celebrates forty year anniversary

Nov 5, 2007 - 10:55 am .- Today the Pope received members of the New Families Movement, established forty years ago, who were participating in a gathering focused on "A House Built upon Rock: The Lived Gospel, an Answer to the Problems of Today's Family".

Stricter anti-drunk driving standards could hinder Irish priests after Mass

Nov 5, 2007 - 10:38 am .- A developing zero-tolerance policy for driving under the influence of alcohol could affect busy priests in Ireland, the Irish Times reports.

Diocese of San Diego bankruptcy case dismissed

Nov 5, 2007 - 10:36 am .- A bankruptcy case filed by the Catholic Diocese of San Diego has been dismissed by a federal judge, the Associated Press reports.

Cardinal Tauran addresses Christian and Hindu dialogue

Nov 5, 2007 - 10:30 am .- The President of the Pontifical Council on Inter-religious Dialogue, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, has written a message to Hindus entitled, "Christians and Hindus: Determined to Walk the Path of Dialogue".  The message is in regards to the Hindu celebration of Diwali, the festival of lights which falls on November 9th this year.

Pope Benedict XVI praises deceased cardinals and bishops

Nov 5, 2007 - 09:28 am .- In keeping with longstanding papal tradition, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass today for the souls of the cardinals and bishops who died this past year. Recalling how their lives were all marked by a deep friendship with Jesus, Benedict said that this friendship, coupled with Jesus’ death and resurrection, makes it so that “not even death can render a believer’s hope worthless”.The Holy Father began his homily by naming the cardinals who had died in the past twelve months: Salvatore Pappalardo, Frédéric Etsou-Nzabi Bamungwabi, Antonio María Javierre, Angelo Felici, Jean-Marie Lustiger, Edouard Gagnon, Adam Kozlowiecki and Rosalio José Castillo Lara.