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

Catholic Higher Education Officials Engage in Dialogue at 'City on a Hill' Symposium

May 4, 2007 - 01:27 pm .- Representatives from dozens of Catholic colleges and universities worldwide gathered at Franciscan University of Steubenville to dialogue about the purpose and identity of Catholic higher education.

Son of militant atheist asks Supreme Court to allow public prayer

May 4, 2007 - 01:18 pm .- Protestors gathered outside the US Supreme Court building this week to demand that the judicial body reinstate the right to pray in public places.  Among those present was William “Bill” Murray, son of the late Madelyn Murray O’Hare, the militant atheist who won a 1963 court battle to prohibit prayer in public schools.

Islamic diplomats to attend course on Holy See’s international policy

May 4, 2007 - 01:13 pm .- Diplomats from some twenty Islamic countries of the Mediterranean and Middle East will participate in the seminar “The Catholic Church and international policy” May 7-27, which is being organized by the Gregorian University Foundation and the Jacques Maritain International Institute in order to contribute to the formation of mediators for relations between states.

Women in White: Cuban people await freedom

May 4, 2007 - 01:10 pm .- A group of women resisting the oppression of the Cuban government through non-violent means, continues to agitate for the release of those imprisoned by Fidel Castro’s government.They are called the “Women in White” because they wear white clothing for their protests.  

Mexico City government refuses to publish list of doctors authorized to perform abortions

May 4, 2007 - 12:10 pm .- The government of Mexico City has refused a request by the president of the National Pro-Life Committee, Jorge Serrano Limon, to publish the list of doctors authorized to perform abortions.

McGreevey headed for Episcopalian seminary

May 4, 2007 - 12:03 pm .- Former governor Jim McGreevey, whose political career ended nearly three years ago amid claims of an adulterous affair with a male aide, was welcomed into the Episcopal Church and may become an Episcopalian priest.

World Bank again promoting abortion after US acquiescence

May 4, 2007 - 11:59 am .- The World Bank has approved a new health policy that promotes abortion worldwide after the United States caved to pressure from the European Union. Despite that most of the funds for the World Bank come from the United States and not from Europe, delegates from the Bush administration decided to lift the veto against a pro-abortion policy at the Bank in order to curry favor with delegates from Europe.

A Cry for Prayer from Zimbabwe

May 4, 2007 - 11:55 am .- Bishops and priests have become the targets of security agents in Zimbabwe, reported Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). The international Catholic charity received this news from a priest in Zimbabwe, who asked to remain anonymous.

Benedict XVI meets Mohammad Khatami for dialogue about the Middle East

May 4, 2007 - 11:15 am .- "This morning, Seyyed Mohammad Khatami, former president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, visited His Holiness Benedict XVI. He also met with Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B., who was accompanied by Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States.

Pro-family leader warns against federal ‘hate crimes’ as President Bush speaks out against current House efforts

May 4, 2007 - 10:40 am .- A California pro-family leader has warned about the consequences of passing "hate crimes" laws for children, religious leaders and regular citizens, as the Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution in favor of the measure 237-180 on Thursday. In the 1990s, the California Legislature (with a majority of Democrats) passed several "hate crimes" laws that placed transsexuality, bisexuality and homosexuality into the state's Civil Code and Penal Code, explained Randy Thomasson, president of Campaign for Children and Families.