Archive of March 17, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of March 17, 2008

Family cannot be made equal with homosexual unions, bishop warns

Mar 17, 2008 - 11:01 pm .- Bishop Ruben Oscar Frassia of Avellaneda in Argentina expressed dismay this week that many say “the family matters” but then consider gay unions to be equivalent to traditional marriage when that is not the case.

Bishop calls on Venezuelans to spiritual journey with Christ during Holy Week

Mar 17, 2008 - 09:24 pm .- Bishop Mario Moronta of San Cristobal in Venezuela has invited the faithful to journey with Christ in the last moments of his earthly journey and to not be afraid to give witness to their faith.

40 Days for Life reports saved lives, heightened awareness

Mar 17, 2008 - 07:05 pm .- Sunday concluded the 40 Days for Life campaign that took place in 59 cities and 31 states.  The effort included 40 days of peaceful protest outside abortion facilities and Planned Parenthood clinics, and prayer and fasting to raise awareness of abortions taking place in local communities.

Pope highlights St. Paul’s contributions to Greece

Mar 17, 2008 - 05:18 pm .- On Saturday, the Holy Father received the Letters of Credence of Miltiadis Hiskakis, the new ambassador of Greece to the Holy See.  In his address to the diplomat, the Pontiff recalled the evangelization efforts of St. Paul who strove tirelessly to bring Christianity to the Greek, Hellenistic culture.

Nuncio to Iraq encourages continuation of inter-religious dialogue

Mar 17, 2008 - 04:07 pm .- The Apostolic Nuncio to Iraq and Jordan, Archbishop Francis Assisi Chullikatt, said the inter-religious dialogue that was encouraged and carried out for so long by the deceased Archbishop Paulo Faraj Rahho of Mosul must be continued in his memory.

Mexican experts hope Supreme Court will rule against abortion

Mar 17, 2008 - 02:22 pm .- Two experts in law and philosophy consulted by the Mexican daily La Joranda expressed their confidence that the country’s Supreme Court would rule against the legalization of abortion in the Mexican capital.

BBC to present series exonerating Judas, Pilate and Caiaphas

Mar 17, 2008 - 01:21 pm .- The BBC of London is set to air a mini-series on the last week of the life of Christ which will exonerate Judas, Pontius Pilate and Caiaphas of responsibility for the death of Jesus.

Benedict XVI offers Mass for soul of Iraqi archbishop

Mar 17, 2008 - 10:59 am .- On Monday morning the Holy Father presided at a Mass for the soul of Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho of the Chaldeans, who died in tragic circumstances following his kidnapping on February 29.  The Pontiff described the archbishop as taking up his cross to follow Christ. 

Official program for Pope's U.S. visit released

Mar 17, 2008 - 10:32 am .- With less than a month to go before Pope Benedict makes his first trip to the U.S., the Vatican’s Press Office has published the itinerary for his visit.

Pope advances Knights of Columbus founder toward sainthood

Mar 17, 2008 - 10:05 am .- This past Saturday, March 15, Pope Benedict XVI approved a decree recognizing the heroic virtue of Father Michael J. McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus. If Fr. McGivney is recognized as a saint, he will be the first American-born priest to be so honored.