Archive of December 12, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of December 12, 2007

Telefonica offering free long distance calls to missionaries

Dec 12, 2007 - 06:04 pm .- Spain’s telephone company Telefonica is offering free long distance calls as a Christmas gift to customers so they can call family members who are working overseas as missionaries or humanitarian workers.

Cuban officials apologize for disruption at Catholic parish

Dec 12, 2007 - 06:02 pm .- The Nuevo Herald reported this week that Cuban officials have apologized to the Archdiocese of Santiago for the violent incident that took place on the grounds of the Church of St. Therese of Jesus, where some 200 police officers and government officials assaulted a group of dissidents.

Hindu extremists level Catholic parish to the ground

Dec 12, 2007 - 05:46 pm .- The news agency Fides is reporting that 150 Hindu extremists have leveled the Church of Divine Mercy to the ground before its construction could be finished.On December 5 at about 7am a gang of about 150 extremists forced the workers to leave the premises and then began to destroy the building and the machinery for construction.

Gift vouchers available to help young people attend WYD

Dec 12, 2007 - 12:51 pm .- World Youth Day organizers are giving parents, grandparents, teachers and friends the chance to give young people a life changing gift for Christmas, a voucher to attend World Youth Day being held July 15-20 2008 in Sydney.

Christians continuing exodus from Holy Land

Dec 12, 2007 - 12:05 pm .- Leaders from the international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) on Tuesday reported on their recent visit to the area, issuing a “cry for help” for Christians in the Holy Land.

Sympathy for the devil: thoughts on ‘The Golden Compass’

Dec 12, 2007 - 11:59 am .- When the first Harry Potter movie arrived in theaters several years ago, many Catholic families had divided views about the film.... But the screen adaptation of Philip Pullman’s book, “The Golden Compass,” which opened in Denver on Dec. 7, will likely produce far more agreement.  No matter how one looks at it, “The Golden Compass” is a bad film.

Ob/Gyn association pushes “abortion agenda” on pro-life doctors

Dec 12, 2007 - 11:55 am .- An association of Christian doctors has harshly criticized a national organization of obstetricians for supporting ethical codes that will force pro-life physicians to violate their consciences by referring patients to other doctors for abortions.

Death threat promises dismemberment of Indian bishop

Dec 12, 2007 - 11:32 am .- A bishop in Kerala, who is an outspoken critic of the rule of the local communist party, received a letter threatening that his legs and hands would be chopped off if he continued his vocal opposition.

Medical researchers argue reducing abortions reduces breast cancer, premature birth

Dec 12, 2007 - 11:27 am .- Two letters published this month in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons assert that the best predictor of the rise or fall of premature birth, as well as the incidence of breast cancer, is the abortion rate.In the first letter Brent Rooney and William Johnston reported that the rates of premature birth, maternal mortality, and infant mortality dramatically declined in Poland within a few years after restrictive abortion laws reduced Poland’s abortion rate by 98 percent between 1989 and 1993. 

Canadian bishops call on government to oppose capital punishment internationally

Dec 12, 2007 - 10:34 am .- The president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has asked the Prime Minister of Canada to “strenuously” intervene when Canadians face a death sentence in other countries.

Communion is the key to the mystery of the Church, teaches the Holy Father

Dec 12, 2007 - 10:20 am .- As the faithful listened to Pope Benedict’s next installment in his series of teachings on the saints of the early Church today, they heard about St. Paulinus of Nola. This saint, the Pope said, teaches Christians about the Church as “a sacrament of intimate union with God and of the unity of the whole human race." Hailing from Italy, St. Paulinus rose to become the governor of the Campania region in southern Italy at a young age. In that role he stood out for his wisdom and humility, while his contact with "the simple and intense faith" of the people marked the start of his own path to conversion, which was not without difficulties and trials,” the Holy Father related.