Archive of February 5, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of February 5, 2008

Religious groups ask Colorado legislature for respectful immigration debate

Feb 5, 2008 - 11:33 pm .- On Monday a group of interfaith religious leaders asked the Colorado legislature to sign a “pledge of respect” to elevate the tone of debates on immigration.

Human embryos created from DNA of two women and a man

Feb 5, 2008 - 08:12 pm .- British scientists say they have created human embryos containing DNA from two women and a man, the Associated Press reports.

Spanish bishops’ spokesman says no to “false diplomacy” of remaining silent

Feb 5, 2008 - 07:04 pm .- In an article published by the newspaper “La Razon,” the general secretary of the Spanish Bishops’ Conference, Auxiliary Bishop Juan Antonio Martinez Camino of Madrid, defended the obligation of the bishops to offer moral guidance in accordance with the Catholic faith and said it would be wrong if they did not speak out because of “fear” or “false diplomacy.”

Brazilian bishops’ conference official defends and promotes abortion

Feb 5, 2008 - 05:37 pm .- Bernardete Aparecida Ferreira, coordinator of the Ministry for Marginalized Women, which is connected to the Brazilian Bishops’ Conference, has written and distributed a statement in which she defends and promotes abortion.

Court upholds dismissal of lawsuit over homosexual children’s books

Feb 5, 2008 - 04:59 pm .- A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit from Massachusetts parents seeking to prevent the discussion of homosexual families in their children’s elementary school classrooms, WorldNetDaily reports.

Testimony of Italian priest killed in Turkey shows holiness of love

Feb 5, 2008 - 02:32 pm .- February 5 marks the second anniversary of the killing of Father Andrea Santoro in Turkey. Bishop Vincenzo Paglia, the president of the Committee for Inter-Religious Dialogue of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, will commemorate Fr. Andrea’s witness of love by celebrating a Mass in the Church of Santa Maria di Trebisonda...

Clinics in Rome promise to save babies who survive an abortion

Feb 5, 2008 - 02:11 pm .- The directors of obstetrics and gynecology clinics at four universities in Rome have signed a declaration expressing their commitment to use all means to save babies who survive an abortion.

Pope Benedict XVI issues new Good Friday prayer for the Jews

Feb 5, 2008 - 02:00 pm .- Today the Vatican's Secretary of State issued the anticipated changes to the prayer for the Jews used in the Good Friday Liturgy celebrated according to the Roman Missal of 1962.

Spanish cardinal laments attacks on bishops and reiterates election-day message

Feb 5, 2008 - 01:04 pm .- The Archbishop of Toledo, Cardinal Antonio Canizares, lamented the recent attacks by Socialists against the bishops over the publication of a guide for Catholics which encourages them to vote for policies that do not contradict the Gospels.

Pope Benedict takes his own advice, plans to go on retreat for Lent

Feb 5, 2008 - 10:36 am .- Following his own advice to make Lent a time of conversion, Pope Benedict and those who assist him in governing the Church (the Roman Curia) will go on retreat this coming Sunday, February 10.

Kissimmee Baptist edges emperor toward sainthood

Feb 5, 2008 - 07:12 am .- Karl von Habsburg, the last emperor of the Austro-Hungarian Empire moved a step closer to sainthood last week, the Orlando Sentinel reports.  A Florida woman has claimed that by praying for the intercession of the emperor, she was cured from breast cancer.

Anti-religious children’s book dangerous for young people, German ministry says

Feb 5, 2008 - 05:51 am .- The German Family Ministry is arguing that a children’s book for atheists that contains disparaging depictions of religious leaders is anti-Semitic and should be considered dangerous to young people, Deutsche Welle reports.

Past and present archbishops of Dublin in court over sex abuse documents

Feb 5, 2008 - 01:58 am .- A dispute between the former and present Archbishop of Dublin involving documents related to sexual abuse cases is puzzling Catholic bishops in Northern Ireland, The Belfast Telegraph reports.