Archive of January 18, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of January 18, 2008

Cuba would not have political prisoners if there were a minimum of justice, says dissident

Jan 18, 2008 - 11:42 pm .- The more than 200 political prisoners being held in Cuba received the support this week of the Spanish association Cuba in Transition which, together with Reporters Without Borders, analyzed the state of human rights on the island at a recent conference.

Vatican museum tickets will be for sale online

Jan 18, 2008 - 08:10 pm .- The governor of the Vatican City State, Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, has announced that starting June 1, tickets for the Vatican museums will be available for purchase online at

Prayers for Jews might be removed from 1962 Missal

Jan 18, 2008 - 05:45 pm .- According to Andrea Tornielli, the Vatican expert of the Italian daily "Il Giornale", Pope Benedict could soon approve a change in the Good Friday liturgy of the 1962 Missal to eliminate any possible offense to the Jewish people.

Court rules in favor of conscientious objection involving controversial class

Jan 18, 2008 - 04:44 pm .- The Supreme Court of Asturias ruled this week parents have a right to conscientiously object to the controversial school course Education for Citizenship.

March for Life 2008 conference and activities schedule

Jan 18, 2008 - 03:14 pm .- There are several interesting and informative activities taking place before, during and after the annual March for Life in Washington D.C.  This schedule, complied by Life Site News, has information for those looking to attend.

Galileo’s university considers inviting Pope to give conference

Jan 18, 2008 - 02:30 pm .- The governor of the region of Veneto in northern Italy, Giancarlo Galan, has proposed inviting Pope Benedict XVI to the historic University of Padua, one of the oldest in the world and where Galileo once taught.

Mass recognizing anniversary of Roe vs. Wade to be held in Denver

Jan 18, 2008 - 02:00 pm .- As the 35th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade approaches, the Archdiocese of Denver announces its annual Respect Life Mass. Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will celebrate Mass on Saturday, January 19 at 12 pm in the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, in Denver.

Prayer is the royal door of ecumenism, Pope Benedict tells Finns

Jan 18, 2008 - 10:59 am .- This morning, Benedict XVI received an ecumenical delegation from Finland for the Feast of St. Henry, their country’s patron saint, whose feast day is celebrated tomorrow.  In his talk, the Holy Father stressed the importance of prayer and dialogue for achieving Christian unity.

Pope: Catholics around the world must help Arab Christians

Jan 18, 2008 - 10:55 am .- This morning at the Vatican, the Pope met with the Catholic bishops from Arab regions of the world and called upon all Catholics to help Arab Christians to remain in their countries.

Sacramento schools’ history textbook advocates Islam, ignores Christianity, Judaism

Jan 18, 2008 - 06:50 am .- A textbook used in Californian seventh-grade history classes at public schools has been criticized for proselytizing for Islam and bias against Christianity, WorldNetDaily reports.  The textbook is part of a curriculum that teaches students to write Arabic by copying sentences from the Quran.

Pope declines invitation to Quebec International Eucharistic Congress

Jan 18, 2008 - 04:21 am .- Despite the petitions of laymen and Cardinal Marc Ouellet’s request, Pope Benedict XVI will not attend the International Eucharistic Congress held in Quebec City during the city’s 400th anniversary celebrations, the cardinal told a press conference on Thursday.

Catholic college praised for anti-porn policy

Jan 18, 2008 - 02:04 am .- Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania is winning praise for putting internet filters on its computer network to block student access to pornography and gambling websites.

Christians invited to make pilgrimage to birthplace of St. Paul

Jan 18, 2008 - 01:31 am .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Turkey, Archbishop Luigi Padovese, has invited Christians to make a pilgrimage to Tarsus, the birthplace of St. Paul, as part of their celebrations for the Pauline year.