Archive of April 4, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of April 4, 2008

Foundation proposes opening museum on abortion in Spain

Apr 4, 2008 - 08:31 pm .- The director of Fundacion Vida in Spain, Manuel Cruz, said his institution has proposed the opening of a Museum on Abortion as a means of “educating people, especially university students and young people from schools and institutes,” as “very few know what [abortion] is.”

Women who have had abortions to share testimonies during pro-life congress in Guatemala

Apr 4, 2008 - 06:45 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of Guatemala is organizing a conference entitled “Life and Dignity of the Human Person,” which will be held April 3-5 and will include testimonies from women who have undergone abortions and have suffered from post-abortion stress syndrome.

Estranged from God, man turns against man, says Spanish bishop

Apr 4, 2008 - 05:09 pm .- In a statement to mark Pro-Life Day in Spain on March 31, Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Tarazona said when God is suppressed from human existence, “life becomes a struggle of egos in confrontation with each other, in which the strongest rules over the weakest until these are eliminated,” because “estranged from God, man turns against man.”

Racism can be defeated, says Vatican archbishop

Apr 4, 2008 - 03:48 pm .- During the seventh session of the Human Rights Council, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the Office of the United Nations in Geneva, told the advisory committee that racism and discrimination can be overcome via “concerted practical measures” such as education.

Cardinal Castrillon calls on FARC to free hostages in honor of JP II

Apr 4, 2008 - 01:02 pm .- Cardinal Dario Castrillon has called on the Marxist rebel group FARC in Colombia to free former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and all the other hostages still being held in honor of the Servant of God, John Paul II, to mark the third anniversary of his passing.

Constitutional Court in Chile outlaws morning after pill

Apr 4, 2008 - 12:22 pm .-  The Constitutional Court of Chile has voted 5-4 to outlaw the distribution of the morning after pill.

Pope thanks Papal Foundation for helping alleviate suffering

Apr 4, 2008 - 10:51 am .- Every year, members of the U.S.-based Papal Foundation embark on a trip to Rome to meet with the Holy Father and present him with a donation. This morning, Benedict XVI received 150 members of the foundation in an audience and thanked them for their support.

Church moves to allay fears over prayer for Jews

Apr 4, 2008 - 10:27 am .- Following the publication of the new prayer for the Jewish people in the 1962 Missal, reaction from some corners of the Jewish community said that the prayer was anti-Semitic. Today, the Vatican’s Press Office issued a statement assuring the Jewish community that the prayer “in no way intends to indicate a change in the Catholic Church's regard for the Jews”.

Supreme Court to hear New Age park memorial case

Apr 4, 2008 - 06:40 am .- The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case in its next term to decide whether a Utah city must allow a monument to be installed in a public park by a New Age group that promotes pyramids, mummification, and sexual ecstasy, Cybercast News Service reports.

Scottish cardinal attacks “hype-filled” hybrid embryo research

Apr 4, 2008 - 03:19 am .- Cardinal Keith O’Brien, Archbishop of Edinburgh and leader of Scotland’s Catholics, has written an editorial for a British newspaper criticizing the “hype-filled” claims used to advocate the creation of human-animal hybrid embyros.  He described the hybrid research itself as involving “grotesque procedures.”

McCain won’t change pro-life, marriage planks in GOP platform

Apr 4, 2008 - 01:34 am .- Advisers to Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee for the presidency, have denied rumors that the senator will try to “soften” the Republican party platform on abortion and same-sex marriage, the Washington Times reports.