Archive of January 23, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of January 23, 2008

McCain courts Catholic vote in Florida, no shift on embryonic stem cell research

Jan 23, 2008 - 08:16 pm .- John McCain has set his sights on Florida as the state’s primary draws closer. In a conversation with Catholics in Florida and CNA this afternoon, McCain maintained his support for embryonic stem cell research while emphasizing his hope that it will become an academic issue given the latest scientific advances.

Chess champion Bobby Fisher requested Catholic burial in Iceland

Jan 23, 2008 - 04:39 pm .- Legendary chess player Bobby Fischer, who made history by dethroning the Soviet chess king Boris Spassky in 1972, asked to be buried as a Catholic, according to officials of the Catholic Church in Iceland, where he had been living since 1992.

Cardinal Garcia-Gasco: Catholics must be firm against attacks from secularism

Jan 23, 2008 - 02:36 pm .- The Archbishop of Valencia, Spain, Cardinal Agustin Garcia-Gasco, has called on the faithful to remain firm in the face of attacks from secularism, following the example of St. Vincent the Martyr, whose testimony “is an eloquent sign for rejecting the idolatry of the State.”  

Work of Church in Cuba ignored overseas, says leading dissident

Jan 23, 2008 - 02:01 pm .-  The president of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Paya Sardinas, said this week that outside of Cuba, the true work that the Church does for the Cuban people is unknown.

Pope gives advice on the ‘educational emergency’

Jan 23, 2008 - 12:35 pm .- A letter from the Pope to Catholic administrators, teachers, parents and students was made public today regarding the vital importance of education and its balance of freedom and discipline. The letter comes after some Italian politicians tried to make political capital out of earlier remarks by the Pontiff about an ‘educational emergency’.

Cardinal Rivera announces severe penalties for abusive priests

Jan 23, 2008 - 11:45 am .- Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City announced this week that the Church supports a policy in which “ecclesial ministers who commit sexual crimes are severely punished by Church and civil law.”

Denver archbishop warns legislation endangers Catholic Charities

Jan 23, 2008 - 10:40 am .- A proposed Colorado law restricting religious exemptions from anti-discrimination laws could threaten the Catholic character of charitable organizations that receive government funds. The Colorado Catholic Conference has heard from numerous sources pointing to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) as being connected to the legislation.

Pope breaks away from teachings on St. Augustine to focus on Christian unity

Jan 23, 2008 - 10:34 am .- Pope Benedict XVI interrupted his catechesis on the Church Fathers this morning to address the theme of Christian Unity at the weekly general audience.

Young pro-lifers energize movement

Jan 23, 2008 - 05:07 am .- A new generation of pro-life activists reflects growing disapproval of abortion, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Abortion pill usage rises despite abortion rate drop

Jan 23, 2008 - 04:37 am .- Though recent reports indicate a drop in the abortion rate, the use of the abortion pill RU-486 is on the rise, the Washington Post reports.

Fellow Jesuit provides profile of new superior general

Jan 23, 2008 - 02:08 am .- In an article written for the Spanish daily “La Verdad” in the city of Murcia, Fr. Juan Masia, SJ, who worked in Japan with the newly elected Jesuit superior general, offered a personal profile of Fr. Adolfo Nicolas.

Free trade with US not a catastrophe, says Archdiocese of Mexico City

Jan 23, 2008 - 01:45 am .- An editorial published this week by the Archdiocese of Mexico City's news service argued that the North American Free Trade Agreement is not a surprise, as it has been implemented  during the last 15 years and is being used politically by some sectors.