Archive of December 4, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of December 4, 2007

Holy See calls on European security council to safeguard against religious discrimination

Dec 4, 2007 - 07:09 pm .- Last week Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States, addressed the 15th Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Madrid, Spain.  In his speech he called on the organization to promote human dignity and defend the values of all people.  “What I would like to stress the most is that, in the opinion of the Holy See, the vocation of the OSCE is to create an area of freedom and the rule of law."

Catholic Navy chaplain shares story of Iraqi conversion

Dec 4, 2007 - 04:48 pm .- Recently, CNA had the opportunity to send a writer to the Anbar Province of Iraq to cover the experiences of a Catholic chaplain working in the trenches. What follows is his recounting of the amazing encounter he had with this apostle in the desert.Father Bautista: Apostle in the DesertJoe Burns, War StringerA few weeks ago, I returned to the U.S. after spending a week with Army troops in Iraq.  More specifically, I spent six and a half days with my son’s outfit, the 63rd Ordnance Company stationed at Al Taqaddum....

New director for Vatican Museums

Dec 4, 2007 - 02:27 pm .- Today Pope Benedict XVI appointed a new director of the Vatican Museums who is recognized as an expert in the history of art.

Venezuelans are democratic and want to live in peace, says archbishop

Dec 4, 2007 - 02:10 pm .- Commenting on the defeat Sunday of a referendum on constitutional reform, Archbishop Roberto Luckert of Coro and vice president of the Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela said, “Venezuela proved it is democratic...

Terrorists will answer to God for their crimes, Spanish cardinal says

Dec 4, 2007 - 01:20 pm .- The archbishop of Valencia, Cardinal Agustin Garcia-Gasco, warned this week that terrorists have a “terrible responsibility: they will answer to God for their crimes.”

Cardinal Rivera praises faithful for not responding to protests with violence

Dec 4, 2007 - 12:14 pm .- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, praised the faithful this week for not responding with violence to protests against him by sympathizers of the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) last November 18.

New “Christian” film denigrates Catholicism

Dec 4, 2007 - 12:07 pm .- A Protestant film company is releasing a movie that trivializes the Sacraments, dishonors the Virgin Mary, and depicts Catholic priests and nuns in a belittling fashion, says the Catholic League.

Court overturns legal challenge to prison ministry

Dec 4, 2007 - 12:00 pm .- A ruling against a long-standing prison ministry that was in danger of being barred from Iowa prisons was overturned in a federal court on Monday.

Archbishop warns against influence of diabolic practices

Dec 4, 2007 - 11:57 am .- Referring to the unsolved murder of a boy by a satanic cult in 2006, Archbishop emeritus Domingo Salvador Castagna of Corrientes reminded city officials this week that it is important that “beyond religious beliefs and ideas” “the truth about what happened and who is responsible” is discovered.

Holy See and Albania sign financial agreement

Dec 4, 2007 - 11:55 am .- Yesterday, Albania and the Holy See signed an agreement regarding economic and fiscal matters.

Vatican spokesman denies Benedict XVI criticized UN

Dec 4, 2007 - 11:52 am .- The Director of the Holy See’s Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, denied media reports that suggested Pope Benedict XVI was criticizing the United Nations during a meeting with representatives of Catholic-inspired NGOs last Saturday.

New Chinese bishop loyal to Rome appointed by state church

Dec 4, 2007 - 11:44 am .- The Beijing-recognized Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association plans to appoint a new bishop today as previously reported by CNA. The bishop-elect has publicly declared his loyalty to the Pope.Reverend Joseph Gan Junqiu will be installed at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in the southern city of Guangzhou, the city formerly known as Canton.

Boyfriend charged with homicide for secret abortion pill dosings

Dec 4, 2007 - 11:39 am .- A Wisconsin man who caused two miscarriages by slipping abortion pills to his girlfriend has been charged with first-degree homicide.

Comprehensive sex abuse settlement reached in Davenport

Dec 4, 2007 - 11:31 am .- The Diocese of Davenport, one of five U.S. dioceses to file for bankruptcy under the weight of sexual abuse cases, reached a $37 million agreement with the victims and their attorneys at 1 a.m. on Thursday, November 29.Under the settlement, persons abused, or their relatives can request a letter of apology from the bishop of Davenport, Martin J. Amos.

Holy See represented at climate change conference

Dec 4, 2007 - 11:29 am .- The Indonesian island of Bali is playing host to the 13th session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change beginning today and continuing until December 14.

Pope Benedict decries “logic of relativism” at international organizations

Dec 4, 2007 - 09:58 am .- On Monday morning in the Vatican, Benedict XVI received members of Catholic-inspired Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs), who are gathered to reflect on what they can offer, as a solution to the “many problems and challenges associated with the various activities of the United Nations and other international and regional organizations." In response to this quagmire, the Pope pinpointed the problem of their debates being governed by a relativistic logic.