Archive of March 27, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of March 27, 2008

George Weigel discusses implications of Pope’s baptism of Muslim convert

Mar 27, 2008 - 09:49 pm .- George Weigel, a Catholic scholar and biographer of Pope John Paul II, in a recent interview with National Review Online addressed Pope Benedict XVI’s Easter vigil baptism of Magdi Allam, a prominent Italian journalist from a Muslim background. 

Two California conferences to mark 40th anniversary of Humanae Vitae

Mar 27, 2008 - 06:07 pm .- The California Catholic Daily reports that the Diocese of San Bernardino and the Diocese of Oakland will host two separate conferences this year marking the fortieth anniversary of Humanae Vitae.  They will examine the encyclical of Pope Paul VI that discussed contraception and marital love.

Eugenic practices in Spain leading to “extinction” of Down’s syndrome children

Mar 27, 2008 - 04:11 pm .- The director of Fundacion Vida in Spain, Manuel Cruz, said cases of “Down’s Syndrome have been reduced by half due to prenatal diagnosis and selective abortions.”

Benedict XVI names deaf priest “Prelate of Honor”

Mar 27, 2008 - 03:28 pm .- A Cuban priest who works on the Spanish island of Tenerife has been named an honorary Prelate by Pope Benedict XVI. Father Saturnino Agustin Yanes Valer is 80 and is deaf.

Muslim convert baptized by the Pope to marry in the Church

Mar 27, 2008 - 02:35 pm .- The Muslim journalist Magdi Allam, who was received into the Church during the Easter Vigil by Pope Benedict XVI, plans to marry Valentina Colombo in the Church on April 22, according to the Italian daily Libero.  

Peru, Argentina and Ecuador mark Day of the Unborn Child

Mar 27, 2008 - 01:01 pm .- Although it was not an official holiday, thousands of people in Peru, Argentina and Ecuador celebrated the Day of the Unborn Child on March 25.

Holy See hopes to raise John Paul II to the altars “as soon as possible”

Mar 27, 2008 - 10:54 am .- In an interview with Vatican Radio, Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, said that like many people in the world, the Holy See hopes the beatification of John Paul II will occur “as soon as possible” but that the normal process would be followed.

Muslim medical consortium fully supports Catholic fight against U.K. embryology bill

Mar 27, 2008 - 10:44 am .- The chorus of Catholic voices speaking out against the proposed Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill in the U.K. is being joined by several Muslim medical organizations. The Muslim groups say that if the bill becomes law it will “allow for many immoral, inhumane and undesirable procedures and outcomes.”

Young need lessons in morality

Mar 27, 2008 - 10:01 am .- Religious educators attending a workshop entitled “Teaching Morality to Adolescents” at the 41st Annual Diocesan Religious Education Workshop Day held March 15 at Bryant University were told that prayer is an essential part of morality.

Catholic vote could make or break McCain, says Reagan Catholic liaison

Mar 27, 2008 - 04:33 am .- Supporters of all major party candidates for the United States presidency are angling to discover how to best appeal to Catholic voters, who could be a key swing vote in the November presidential election. According to Robert Reilly, a successful McCain campaign must win over Catholics to win the White House. 

Houston church vandalized twice during Holy Week

Mar 27, 2008 - 02:22 am .- During Holy Week a Catholic church in Houston was targeted by iconoclastic vandals who in separate incidents damaged two statues of the Virgin Mary and sprayed an anti-Catholic slur on the church building.