Archive of February 13, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of February 13, 2008

“Terri’s Day” to help disabled in memory of Terri Schiavo

Feb 13, 2008 - 11:17 pm .- The Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation and Priests for Life have established March 31 as “Terri’s Day” to mark the death of the severely-disabled Terri Schiavo from dehydration after her feeding tube was removed by court order.

Sicilian bishop braves Mafia death threats

Feb 13, 2008 - 07:00 pm .- A Sicilian bishop who refused to celebrate the funeral Mass of a mafia boss is under police protection after receiving death threats, BBC News reports.

Historian reveals how Pius IX decided to proclaim dogma of Immaculate Conception

Feb 13, 2008 - 05:04 pm .- In an article published by L’Osservatore Romano, Italian historian Francesco Guglietta, an expert on the life of Pius IX, revealed how the Pontiff decided to consult with the bishops of the world to proclaim the dogma of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, 1854.

Bella screening in UK by Knights of Columbus

Feb 13, 2008 - 01:37 pm .- Members of St. George Council 14233 in East Anglia, U.K., sponsored a screening of the movie “Bella” at the Royal Air Force Base in Mildenhall.

San Antonio archbishop not happy about Hillary’s Catholic college visit

Feb 13, 2008 - 12:13 pm .- Archbishop José Gomez is speaking out against a planned campaign visit by Sen. Hillary Clinton to a Catholic university in his archdiocese, claiming he was neither advised nor consulted about it.  

Cardinal Ortega: John Paul II’s visit improved relations with Cuban State

Feb 13, 2008 - 11:38 am .- In statements to the state-run television, the Archbishop of Havana, Cardinal Jaime Ortega, said the visit by John Paul II in1998 increased the presence of the Church in the country and led to “closer relations between the Church, society and the Cuban State.”

Catholics continue to back McCain

Feb 13, 2008 - 11:15 am .- As the Potomac region’s votes are finalized, results are showing that John McCain continues to win the votes of Catholics and Protestants in the Republican primaries.

Italian politicians promote more restrictive abortion laws in election campaign

Feb 13, 2008 - 08:21 am .- Italy’s election campaign features a call for a moratorium on abortion and a prominent journalist announcing his pro-life parliamentary candidacy, the International Herald-Tribune reports.

Critics claim radio program on school buses is dangerous for kids

Feb 13, 2008 - 05:16 am .- A radio show delivered exclusively to school children riding the bus to and from school has drawn sharp criticism from bus drivers and parents for undermining parental rights and introducing bus riders to indecent musicians.

Vatican tightens standards for sainthood

Feb 13, 2008 - 03:30 am .- The Vatican will advise bishops around the world this next week to bemore rigorous in their selection of the candidates they propose forsainthood, ANSA reports.

Dutch Catholics label Lent the “Christian Ramadan” to encourage self-denial

Feb 13, 2008 - 02:12 am .- Saying that many Holland residents are unfamiliar with Lent and its practices of self-denial, some Dutch Catholics are calling the Lenten fast the “Christian Ramadan,” the Daily Telegraph reports.

New documentary advocates strong families to avert “demographic winter”

Feb 13, 2008 - 01:25 am .- Filmmakers announced at a National Press Club press conference on Tuesday a “groundbreaking” documentary that addresses the problems of population decline and predicts a coming “demographic winter” that will result from weakened families.