Archive of March 6, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of March 6, 2008

Indian archbishop asks people to trade their liquor for milkshakes

Mar 6, 2008 - 10:16 pm .- A Catholic archbishop in the southern India state of Kerala distributed free milkshakes on Saturday to protest the rampant spread of alcoholism in the region, UCA News reports.

Venezuelan cardinal asks government to stay out of crisis between Ecuador and Colombia

Mar 6, 2008 - 06:28 pm .- The Archbishop of Caracas, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Sabino, has called on President Hugo Chavez and other Venezuelan officials not “to interfere in the diplomatic conflict between Ecuador and Colombia,” as “it is a problem that they must resolve, and we should not get involved in the matter.”

Indians receive news of first saint from their country with joy

Mar 6, 2008 - 06:02 pm .- India will have its first saint on October 12 when Pope Benedict XVI canonizes Blessed Alfonsa of the Immaculate Conception, who is believed to have interceded in the miraculous cure of a child.  

Diabolical possession should be handled by exorcists, Vatican official says

Mar 6, 2008 - 03:33 pm .- The regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary, Bishop Gianfranco Girotti, said this week that when a person believes he is dealing with a case of diabolical possession, it should be handled by an exorcist instead of a confessor.

Ecuadorian bishops call for peace and solidarity in region

Mar 6, 2008 - 01:21 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of Ecuador expressed sadness over the recent events that have led to tension with Colombia and called for serenity and sincere dialogue in order to bring about reconciliation between the two nations.

Venezuelan bishops call for “moderation and serenity” as Colombia situation smolders

Mar 6, 2008 - 12:05 pm .- The leadership of the Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference has issued a statement “in response to the atmosphere of tension and uncertainty” that the country is experiencing over “the complex crisis” between the governments of Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela.

Evangelize the culture to confront hardships, Pope tells Guatemalan bishops

Mar 6, 2008 - 11:20 am .- In a meeting with the bishops of Guatemala today, Pope Benedict encouraged them in their efforts to reach their people with the Gospel in the midst of trying conditions.

Benedict XVI meets with Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I

Mar 6, 2008 - 10:43 am .- The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople (Istanbul), Bartholomew I, met with Pope Benedict XVI this morning at the Vatican, the third such meeting for the two.

Galileo statue to be installed at the Vatican

Mar 6, 2008 - 07:10 am .- The Vatican plans to erect a statue of the 16th century scientist Galileo in the Vatican gardens, the Times reports.

Obama’s Sermon on the Mount citation inaccurate, say religious leaders

Mar 6, 2008 - 05:09 am .- Democrat presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama in a speech before a Hocking College crowd on Sunday claimed that the Sermon on the Mount justifies his support for legal recognition of same-sex unions, Cybercast News Service reports.

Philippines archbishop denies bishops are divided in anti-corruption response

Mar 6, 2008 - 02:45 am .- Archbishop of Cotabato Orlando B. Quevedo has denied media reports of a “divided hierarchy” and accusations that Philippines bishops from the nation’s major southern island of Mindanao have “saved” President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo by influencing the bishops’ response to a massive corruption scandal.