Archive of January 31, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of January 31, 2008

Socialists want to change definition of “human remains” to facilitate abortions

Jan 31, 2008 - 09:21 pm .- Spain’s Socialist government has proposed a new law that, if approved, would change the definition of “human remains” in order to exclude the remains of aborted babies and thus diminish public pressure over abortion clinics.

Spanish bishops: Vote "no" for policies against the faith

Jan 31, 2008 - 06:59 pm .- The Executive Committee of the Spanish Bishops’ Conference has issued a statement in view of the upcoming general elections reminding Catholics that while they can belong or support different political parties, some policies are incompatible with Christian teachings and therefore should not be supported.

Monument to John Paul II almost ready in Cuba

Jan 31, 2008 - 06:52 pm .- A tower, a bell, a cross and a statue of John Paul II make up the new monument dedicated to the late Pontiff who visited Cuba a decade ago and that will be inaugurated on February 23 by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican Secretary of State.

Coalition of Colorado religious charities unites against discrimination bill

Jan 31, 2008 - 06:38 pm .- Several faith-based organizations are protesting a proposed Colorado law that would forbid charities which receive government funds from using religious-based hiring standards.

St. Paul shows that proclamation of Christ is born of love, say Turkish bishops

Jan 31, 2008 - 05:38 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of Turkey said this week that “proclaiming Jesus Christ for Paul was a necessity that was born of his love for Him.  This means that whoever encounters Christ can’t help but proclaim him in word and deed.”

Updated--Vatican Secretary of State asks Vietnamese archbishop to facilitate dialogue

Jan 31, 2008 - 03:58 pm .- Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, has sent a letter to the Archbishop of Hanoi asking him to facilitate dialogue with the Vietnamese government by ensuring peaceful public demonstrations.

Benedict XVI revisits teachings on ecumenical dialogue and evangelization

Jan 31, 2008 - 02:27 pm .- This week as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) holds a plenary session at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI received its members in an audience to reaffirm the beliefs that the Catholic Church is the “one and only Church of Christ” and that no one is exempt from the need to evangelize.

Legionaries of Christ founder passes away

Jan 31, 2008 - 12:36 pm .- Father Álvaro Corcuera, General Director of the Legionaries of Christ, announced today that their Founder, Father Marcial Maciel Degollado, has died in the United States at the age 87 from natural causes.

Denver archbishop continues to address Colorado bill

Jan 31, 2008 - 12:30 pm .- In an interview with Rocky Mountain News, Archbishop Charles Chaput further explained his position on a proposed Colorado law that could threaten the identity of Catholic organizations that accept government funds.

Card. Christoph Schönborn introduces Congress on Divine Mercy

Jan 31, 2008 - 11:30 am .- Today, at the Holy See’s press office, the Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, announced the details of the first World Apostolic Congress on Divine Mercy, which will coincide with the anniversary of the death of the Servant of God, Pope John Paul II.

Pope: Reproductive technologies are prone to violate human dignity

Jan 31, 2008 - 10:57 am .- This morning, Pope Benedict XVI asked the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to focus on "the difficult and complex problems of bioethics." More specifically, the Pontiff drew the teaching body of the Church’s attention toward issues associated with reproductive technologies, explaining that some of them violate human dignity.

President of ACN says that love must be at the heart of almsgiving

Jan 31, 2008 - 05:40 am .- Mr. Hans-Peter Röthlin, the President of the international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), spoke yesterday in Rome about the recent papal Lenten message saying that, the Pope’s central point is that “the mystery of almsgiving is love.”

California abortionist to be tried for practicing medicine without a license

Jan 31, 2008 - 04:00 am .- The owner of a California abortion clinic chain faces trial on charges of practicing medicine without a license, Operation Rescue reported on Tuesday. 

Austrian cardinal to present book on creation and evolution in San Francisco

Jan 31, 2008 - 02:19 am .- Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna, will give an official presentation of his new book on creation and evolution in Berkeley, California this February.