Archive of December 20, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of December 20, 2007

Mike Huckabee to speak at strongly anti-Catholic preacher's church

Dec 20, 2007 - 09:00 pm .- The Republican presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee, has been garnering attention in the media with his surge in political polls. However, a campaign stop this Sunday by Huckabee at a mega-church whose pastor sees Hitler as linked to the Catholic Church, could soon steal the spotlight.According to Mike Huckabee’s campaign website, the controversial stop at Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas will take place this Sunday, December 23. He will speak at the church's two Sunday services at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. 

Socialists in Spain consider restrictions on abortion in wake of clinic discoveries

Dec 20, 2007 - 06:24 pm .- In the wake of investigations that have uncovered illegal abortions and morbid practices at several clinics in Madrid and Barcelona, the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) has decided to consider restrictions on abortion.

Fundacion Vida calls on Spanish society to show “humanity” to defenseless

Dec 20, 2007 - 01:05 pm .- The Foundation Vida in Spain said this week that the arrests of more health care workers involved in illegal abortions in Barcelona should awaken Spanish society to the cruelty of abortion and that “the defense of life has nothing to do with the right or left, believers or atheists, but rather is a question of mere humanity towards the most defenseless.”

Cardinal Rivera denounces excesses of reporters who “destroy the reputation of others”

Dec 20, 2007 - 12:22 pm .- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera, denounced the excess of reporters who “destroy the dignity, the good name of people” with no regard for whether they are innocent or not.  “They don’t kill man’s body, but they are a snake that destroys the reputation of others.”

Authentic spirituality of hope must be recovered, says Argentinean archbishop

Dec 20, 2007 - 12:21 pm .- Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata, Argentina, said this week that an “authentic spirituality of hope” which “helps us prepare for a Merry Christmas” must be recovered. This is “the contribution that we as Christians must make to our contemporaries.”

Argentinean bishop: “At Bethlehem we learn that life is better in the family”

Dec 20, 2007 - 12:20 pm .- Bishop Luis Armando Collazuol of Concordia and advisor to Catholic Action Argentina, said this week, “If on becoming man God wanted to have a family, how great and how holy is the family in the eyes of God.”

Latin Patriarch says Holy Land “cannot be exclusive for anyone”

Dec 20, 2007 - 12:00 pm .- In a pre-Christmas address on Wednesday, a high-ranking Catholic cleric in the Holy Land criticized Israel’s official identity as a Jewish state for discriminating against non-Jews, the Associated Press reports.   Archbishop Michel Sabbah, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, delivered his address in Arabic and English.  He said other religions are naturally discriminated against in any state of one religion.  He said Israel should abandon its Jewish character in favor of a "political, normal state for Christians, Muslims and Jews."

Bishop’s hunger strike fails to prevent Brazilian river diversion

Dec 20, 2007 - 11:12 am .- A Catholic bishop’s hunger strike protesting a controversial river diversion faced a further setback when the Brazilian Supreme Court overruled a lower court decision halting the project, the Agency France-Presse reports.   The lower court had halted the project on the ground that an environmental impact study had not been carried out.  The $3 billion hydroelectric project involves the construction of 450 miles of canals and lakes to irrigate the dry region.

British churches, fearing drunks, cancel midnight Mass

Dec 20, 2007 - 11:01 am .- Churches in Britain are canceling midnight Mass out of fear of drunk driving, street violence, and the disruption of services by drunken revelers, the Guardian Unlimited reports.

Utah bishop says of immigration: “we are all children of God”

Dec 20, 2007 - 11:00 am .- Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City on Wednesday spoke to residents of southern Utah on the topic of immigration, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Suspect charged in Turkey priest stabbing, victim released from hospital

Dec 20, 2007 - 10:51 am .- Father Adriano Franchini was released from a hospital Wednesday after treatment for wounds he suffered when he was attacked after Sunday Mass, the Associated Press reports.

Holy Father meets with Italian Catholic Action

Dec 20, 2007 - 10:36 am .- Young people from Italian Catholic Action (ACI) were received by Pope Benedict for a traditional exchange of Christmas good wishes.  In his address to them, the Pontiff recalled the heroic virtue of Antonia Meo and asked that the group stay committed to the path to Christ.

Pope receives president of France

Dec 20, 2007 - 10:12 am .- On Thursday morning, the Holy Father received the president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy.  This marked the first meeting between Pope Benedict and the French head of state whose discussion topics included the relationship between France and the Vatican and also the future of Europe.