Archive of April 2, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of April 2, 2008

Catholic Relief Services promotes condom use, moral theologian alleges

Apr 2, 2008 - 11:06 pm .- Prominent moral theologian and philosopher Germain Grisez has asked the United States Catholic bishops to investigate policies of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) which he says surreptitiously promote condom use as part of the charitable agency’s overseas activities.

Creation of human-animal hybrid embryo triggers debate in UK

Apr 2, 2008 - 09:41 pm .- The creation of the United Kingdom’s first human-animal hybrid embryo may increase pressure for tougher regulation of the research, Bloomberg News reports.

China and Vietnam see boom in converts this Easter

Apr 2, 2008 - 06:08 pm .- The local Catholic churches in China and Vietnam have jointly welcomed over 2,800 new converts into the faith during the first week of the Easter Season, which concluded on Divine Mercy Sunday.

Faithful offered chance to have Pope pray for their intentions

Apr 2, 2008 - 04:54 pm .- With less than two weeks left to go before Pope Benedict arrives in the United States, the rector of the National Shrine, Msgr. Walter Rossi, is offering people the opportunity to participate in evening prayer with the Pope by sending him their prayer intentions.

Cardinal reminds Venezuelan priests they should be disciples and missionaries

Apr 2, 2008 - 02:55 pm .- The Archbishop of Caracas, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, said this week, “As baptized followers and friends of Jesus, priests are also called to be disciples and missionaries of the Lord.”

Pro-life representatives in Ecuador harassed for abandoning official party line

Apr 2, 2008 - 02:06 pm .- Ecuador’s ruling party Acuerdo Pais has launched an aggressive campaign to oust pro-life congresswomen Rossana Queirolo and Diana Acosta from the Constitutional Assembly that is drafting the country’s new constitution.

Chilean parliament debates bill allowing homosexual marriage and adoption

Apr 2, 2008 - 12:34 pm .- According to a report on, a bill has been introduced into the Chilean National Congress to allow homosexuals to "marry" and adopt children.

Pope Benedict: Mercy of God is “key” to understanding John Paul II

Apr 2, 2008 - 11:05 am .- Speaking to participants of the first World Congress on Divine Mercy who were at a Mass for the third anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II today, the Holy Father explained that the mercy of God was a key to the late Pope’s pontificate.

John Paul II was “a sign and witness of the Resurrection of Christ,” says Pope

Apr 2, 2008 - 10:41 am .- Recalling with emotion the passing of Pope John Paul II three years ago today, Pope Benedict said April 2 will remain imprinted on the mind of the Church as the day when the Servant of God departed from this world.

Benedict XVI appoints archbishop of Mobile, Alabama

Apr 2, 2008 - 10:08 am .- Today the Holy Father appointed Bishop Thomas John Rodi of Biloxi, Mississippi as Archbishop of Mobile, Alabama.  The archbishop-elect will also serve as the temporary Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Biloxi until another bishop is appointed.

Mother takes on Wal-Mart over 7 year-old's exposure to Swimsuit Edition

Apr 2, 2008 - 07:16 am .- A mother in North Carolina is leading complaints about Wal-Mart’s sale of the latest Sports Illustrated “Swimsuit Edition.”

Leading Mugabe opponent forced into runoff amid vote fraud allegations

Apr 2, 2008 - 03:25 am .- Results from Zimbabwe’s presidential election, held last Saturday, indicate that opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai will defeat President Robert Mugabe.  However, according to the ruling party’s projections, Tsvangirai will be forced into a runoff vote, Reuters reports.

Bishop in Pennsylvania cancels visit to Catholic college hosting Clinton rally

Apr 2, 2008 - 01:12 am .- Bishop of Erie Donald W. Trautman has canceled his scheduled appearance at Mercyhurst College, a Catholic school, because on Tuesday evening is hosting a campaign rally of Senator Hillary Clinton’s, reports.