Archive of December 19, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of December 19, 2007

Argentinean governor vetoes pro-abortion law

Dec 19, 2007 - 04:53 pm .- In a decision applauded by pro-life groups, the new governor of the Argentinean province of La Pampa, Mario Jorge, has vetoed a controversial law on non-punishable abortions that was passed by the provincial legislative body last month.

Spanish government suspends funding of pro-life centers

Dec 19, 2007 - 04:52 pm .- The Association for the Defense of Life in Valencia has denounced the decision by the government to suspend the funding it is has provided for years to centers that help pregnant women and are managed by the Spanish Federation of Pro-life Associations.

Vatican Newspaper: Golden Compass a Gnostic, hopeless story from the 70's

Dec 19, 2007 - 02:35 pm .- The daily edition of the official Vatican newspaper has come out with a harsh criticism of the movie "The Golden Compass, describing it as a hopeless story based on the ideology of the 70's.In a long editorial article, Andrea Monda, a well known literary and movie critic who writes for several Italian newspapers, says "the Golden Compass of Chris Weisz, is as much of an anti-Christmas film as it can be."

Father Lombardi says Catholic-Muslim dialogue worries fundamentalists

Dec 19, 2007 - 02:23 pm .- The Director of the Holy See’s Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, said Monday the dialogue with the Muslim world desired by Pope Benedict XVI “worries only those who do not want it.”Father Lombardi was asked about the comments broadcast on the internet by Egyptian Ayman al Zawahiri, considered the number two leader in Al Qaeda.  In an extensive interview, Zawahiri criticized the historic visit of King Abdullah to the Vatican, saying he “has offended Islam and Muslims.”

Alarm sounded by Filipino bishops about organ trafficking

Dec 19, 2007 - 12:18 pm .- The Catholic bishops of the Philippines have decried the widespread “immoral and grossly exploitative” practice of soliciting donations of vital human organs which offends the dignity of the person as a means of making money, reports Fides.

Vatican Nativity scene trades manger for St. Joseph’s house

Dec 19, 2007 - 12:04 pm .- The Nativity scene traditionally built each Christmas in front of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome will have a novel twist this year.  Rather than placing the birth of Jesus Christ in a stable, the display will show Jesus being born in St. Joseph’s house.

Peace is fruit of justice, but above all of forgiveness and reconciliation, Pope tells the youth

Dec 19, 2007 - 12:00 pm .- “If peace is the fruit of justice, it is even more so of forgiveness, which truly seals the reconciliation between those who are divided and allows them to walk together,” Pope Benedict XVI told a meeting of young people organized by the Taize community in the city of Geneva.

New research says colleges are promoting secularism

Dec 19, 2007 - 11:47 am .- A new study reports that students become less likely to attend religious services while in college than they were in high school, although many of them still grapple with spiritual and ethical issues, USA Today reports.

Zimbabwe bishops demand fair elections as Mugabe secures his position

Dec 19, 2007 - 11:33 am .- Zimbabwe’s Catholic bishops have asked their government to ensure free and fair elections, SW Radio Africa reports.

New documentary features “Hard as Nails” youth minister

Dec 19, 2007 - 10:56 am .- An HBO documentary airing this week explores an intense and controversial Catholic youth minister whose impassioned testimonials include drill instructor-like hectoring and simulated crucifixions.Justin Fatica, a muscular 29-year-old resident of Syracuse, New York, heads the Hard as Nails Ministry he founded in 2002.

Vatican lauds UN death penalty moratorium

Dec 19, 2007 - 10:51 am .- The Vatican on Tuesday praised the recent United Nations vote calling for a moratorium on the death penalty. Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi discussed the vote on Vatican Radio, saying "It shows that despite persistence of violence in the world, an awareness of the value of life ... is growing in the human family."

World must know about the life-changing impact of Christmas, maintains Benedict XVI

Dec 19, 2007 - 10:25 am .- As Christmas draws nearer, Pope Benedict departed from his tradition of reflecting on an Early Church Father on Wednesdays so that he could point to the impact of Jesus’ birth upon the world. That God’s son became a man means that mankind is able to become truly human, that this message of salvation must be shared and that peace will come to the world, Benedict XVI explained.