Archive of January 17, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of January 17, 2008

U.S. abortion rate hits 30-year low

Jan 17, 2008 - 11:17 pm .- The number of abortions committed in the United States in 2005 dropped to 1.2 million, the lowest level since 1976, the Washington Post reports.

Sunday will be a moment of prayer not demonstration, Card. Ruini says

Jan 17, 2008 - 06:47 pm .- The convocation of Catholic Romans to attend next Sunday's Angelus at St. Peter's square in support of Pope Benedict will be a moment of prayer, not a demonstration, Cardinal Camillo Ruini said on Thursday.

Church in Venezuela demands amnesty for police officers accused of involvement in 2002 massacre

Jan 17, 2008 - 04:03 pm .- The president of the Venezuelan Plenary Council, Archbishop Ovidio Perez Morales, has renewed calls on President Hugo Chavez to grant amnesty to a group of police officers accused of participating in the massacre of April 11, 2002, in which 19 people died during an opposition protest.

Church makes contact with FARC regarding humanitarian accord

Jan 17, 2008 - 03:13 pm .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Archbishop Luis Augusto Castro, revealed this Wednesday that representatives of the bishops’ conference have made contact with the leaders of the Marxist rebel group FARC in order to negotiate an eventual humanitarian accord.

Spanish bishop: “I can’t understand why people are upset” about the pro-family march

Jan 17, 2008 - 02:05 pm .- In his latest pastoral letter, Bishop Jose Manuel Lorca of Teruel and Albarracin, said he still does not understand why Spanish Socialist leaders are upset over the pro-family march held in Madrid on December 30 and that “there was nothing more said there than what the Church has always said and defended in this area.”

Cardinal Newman Society calls for American support for Benedict XVI

Jan 17, 2008 - 01:06 pm .- The Cardinal Newman Society, a national organization that works to strengthen and renew Catholic higher education, is urging American Catholics to pray Sunday in solidarity with Pope Benedict XVI following offensive protests that forced him to postpone an address at Rome’s La Sapienza University.

Vatican daily reveals details of baptisms of 13 children celebrated by Pope

Jan 17, 2008 - 11:58 am .- "Sveva, Filippo Maria, Elena, Tommaso, Luca, Leonardo Pio Giovanni Paolo, Caterina, Marika, Leonardo, Melanie, Sofia, Anita, Sara: they are all newborns but they now have something important to tell. They have received the sacrament of Baptism from the hands of Pope Benedict XVI on the feast of the Baptism of the Lord.”  With these words the Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano began a special report on the baptisms celebrated by the Pontiff in the Sistine Chapel last Sunday.

Alaskan bishop welcomed as new head of Great Falls-Billings Diocese

Jan 17, 2008 - 11:45 am .- Yesterday Bishop Michael Warfel was installed as the new bishop of the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings. The former bishop of the Diocese of Juneau, Alaska and told the congregation that he was thrilled to accept the opportunity to shepherd the people of Montana.

Vatican Secretary of State explains reasons for canceling La Sapienza speech

Jan 17, 2008 - 11:09 am .- On Wednesday, the rector of La Sapienza University received a letter from the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Tarcisio Bertone, explaining why the Holy Father decided to postpone his trip to the school. 

Moratorium on death penalty should lead to one on abortion, bishop says

Jan 17, 2008 - 11:05 am .- Bishop Munilla Aguirre of Palencia (Spain) praised the approval by the UN of a non-binding moratorium on the death penalty, but he pointed out that moral consistency would demand a moratorium on abortions also be passed. The bishop said that “just as it is asked that the life a criminal be respected, all the more should the life of an innocent person be respected as well.”

200-year-old time capsule discovered in Mexico City Cathedral

Jan 17, 2008 - 06:07 am .- A time capsule more than two centuries old has been found at the Mexico City’s Metropolitan Cathedral, the Melbourne Herald Sun reports.

Cardinal Pell credits friendship with Pope Benedict for Sydney WYD Choice

Jan 17, 2008 - 04:32 am .- Cardinal George Pell credited his two-decades-long friendship with Pope Benedict XVI for the success of his efforts to bring World Youth Day to Australia in 2008.

Entire student body of Christendom College to march for life

Jan 17, 2008 - 03:00 am .- This January 22, the entire student body of Christendom College, as well as members of the faculty and staff, will join the hundreds of thousands of pro-life Americans at the 35th Annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Christendom has cancelled classes for the day and the Student Activities Council has charted buses to transport over 400 people from its Front Royal, Virginia campus.

Armed attackers kill priest in Philippines school chapel

Jan 17, 2008 - 01:12 am .- An Oblate priest was shot to death on Tuesday when he resisted armed men who attempted to kidnap him from his mission in the southern Philippines.