Archive of February 20, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of February 20, 2008

NY bill to declare abortion a “fundamental right” could threaten religious freedom

Feb 20, 2008 - 10:35 pm .- A New York state bill that would declare abortion a fundamental human right for women faces opposition from Catholics who believe the bill will leave Catholic hospitals and social agencies vulnerable to lawsuits and state sanctions, the New York Sun reports.

Clinton loses pro-abortion leader's endorsement to Obama

Feb 20, 2008 - 07:16 pm .- Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama has been endorsed by Frances Kissling, the former president of the pro-abortion group Catholics for a Free Choice.

Immigrant ministry in Mexico denounces abuses against Central Americans

Feb 20, 2008 - 06:08 pm .- Father Alejandro Solalinde Guerra, coordinator of Immigrant Ministry for the Diocese of Tehuantepec, denounced military and police officials for continuing a policy of abuse towards Central American immigrants who pass through the Mexican state of Oaxaca.

Venezuelan bishops call for end to blockade against Cuba

Feb 20, 2008 - 04:22 pm .- The president of the Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Ubaldo Santana, said the bishops of Venezuela hope that the retirement of Fidel Castro will open the way to suspending the economic blockade against Cuba.

French cardinal says legal status of the unborn should be recognized

Feb 20, 2008 - 03:55 pm .- The Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois, has expressed his support of a decision by a French court to grant legal status to the unborn.

Cuba: "Resignation of Fidel Castro could be a great opportunity for the Church"

Feb 20, 2008 - 03:12 pm .- Father Joaquín Alliende, the spiritual director of the international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), is calling the resignation of Fidel Castro “a great opportunity for the Church.”  He conveyed his belief by pointing out the “wisdom and tenacity” of the Cuban bishops in great times of need and Pope John Paul II’s prayers when he visited the nation.

Catholics must support the Church, say Argentinian bishops

Feb 20, 2008 - 02:00 pm .- In a letter addressed to the Catholic faithful of the country, the bishops of Argentina reiterated that all Catholics are responsible for financially supporting the Church.

Cuba specialist sees Bertone’s visit as providential for the country

Feb 20, 2008 - 01:04 pm .- Following the resignation of Fidel Castro, Javier Legorreta, an Aid to the Church in Need specialist on Cuba, says that the presence of the Vatican’s Secretary of State during the country’s power transition will help promote peace and a spirit of reconciliation.

German bishop clarifies Church is not planning to abolish celibacy

Feb 20, 2008 - 01:00 pm .- Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Muller of Ratisbona told reporters in Germany today that the Catholic Church does not intend to abolish clerical celibacy. “The Latin rite of the Catholic Church holds to the sensible union of the priesthood and the celibate life for love of the Kingdom of Heaven.  This is and will continue to be the Catholic Church’s discipline...

St. Augustine’s teachings are relevant even today, says Pope Benedict

Feb 20, 2008 - 10:59 am .- At today's general audience Pope Benedict XVI returned to his catechesis on St. Augustine of Hippo saying that his works are able to teach Catholics even now. Before going into the Paul VI audience hall, the Pope greeted an overflow crowd of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Basilica.

Cardinal asks Catholics to protest British embryo bill

Feb 20, 2008 - 05:15 am .- Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, sent a pastoral message to Catholics in England and Wales on Tuesday encouraging them to write their Ministers of Parliament about pending legislation that would expand human embryo research, remove regulations on fertility treatments, and possibly liberalize abortion laws.

Georgia legislature considers “Human Life Amendment”

Feb 20, 2008 - 03:45 am .- The Georgia legislature on Monday held a hearing about a proposed constitutional amendment that would grant legal personhood to human beings at every stage of their development, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Philippines corruption fight requires different kind of “People Power,” archbishop says

Feb 20, 2008 - 01:01 am .- Though critics of government corruption in the Philippines have called upon Catholic bishops to lead the reform movement, the nation’s bishops have refrained from involvement.