Archive of March 18, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of March 18, 2008

Catholics consecrate new church in Qatar

Mar 18, 2008 - 10:15 pm .- Despite threats from Islamic radicals, thousands of Christians on Saturday took part in the first Mass to be held at the Muslim nation of Qatar’s only church, Agence France Presse reports.

Dalai Lama threatens to step down if Tibetan violence continues

Mar 18, 2008 - 04:57 pm .- The Dalai Lama on Tuesday threatened to step down as leader of Tibet’s government-in-exile if violence committed by Tibetans in his homeland escalates, the Associated Press reports.

German cardinal calls for construction of a church in native land of St. Paul

Mar 18, 2008 - 03:08 pm .- The Archbishop of Cologne, Cardinal Joachim Meisner, has called on Turkey’s president Tayyip Erdogan to support the construction of a church in Tarsus and to allow the current church there that was turned into a museum to be used again for religious purposes.

Archbishop demands families be protected, laments “quick divorces”

Mar 18, 2008 - 01:51 pm .- Archbishop Jose Antonio Eguren Anselmi of Piura issued an energetic call this week to protect marriage and the family in Peru after the Parliament approved a plan for “quick divorce” that would allow couples to dissolve their civil unions in two months.

Cardinal Tettamanzi responds to questions about the faith on YouTube

Mar 18, 2008 - 12:24 pm .- The Archbishop of Milan, Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi is responding to questions about the faith each week by posting videos on YouTube.

We need leaders who foster peace in the Holy Land, says Catholic archbishop

Mar 18, 2008 - 11:12 am .- The Latin-Rite Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Michael Sabbah, said this week, “We need leaders capable of achieving peace, as that is the only way to put a limit on extremism and begin to establish security” in the Holy Land.

Nuns praying to clear skies for Pope’s visit

Mar 18, 2008 - 10:04 am .- Bishop Anthony Fisher, the coordinator for World Youth Day, has recruited an army of Australian nuns to storm Heaven with prayers for good weather on for the Pope’s arrival in Sydney.

Kevorkian to run for Congress in Michigan

Mar 18, 2008 - 07:03 am .- Jack Kevorkian, the infamous advocate of physician-assisted suicide, has announced his plans to run for Congress for the ninth district of Michigan, Cybercast News Service reports.

Mob of Hindu radicals attacks nuns, teenage girls

Mar 18, 2008 - 05:14 am .- A Hindu radical group on Saturday attacked two Catholic nuns and three teenage girls in a western Indian village as they prepared to hold a women’s educational program, UCA News reports.

Vatican in talks to open church in Saudi Arabia

Mar 18, 2008 - 04:39 am .- The Vatican is in negotiations with Saudi Arabia to open the first Catholic Church in the country in modern times, the Telegraph reports.

Planned Parenthood apologizes for accepting racist donor

Mar 18, 2008 - 02:35 am .- Planned Parenthood of Idaho officials have apologized after a fundraiser for the organization was caught on tape agreeing with an actor posing as a racist donor who wanted his money to reduce the numbers of black people.

Women who have abortions risk mental health, says Royal College of Psychiatrists

Mar 18, 2008 - 01:02 am .- A British medical organization has warned that women who have abortions may be at risk for mental health breakdowns, the Times reports.