Archive of April 7, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of April 7, 2008

Archdiocese of St. Louis opens sacred music institute, reknowned priest-musician takes helm

Apr 7, 2008 - 10:53 pm .- An accomplished musician and authority on the Church’s musical heritage will move to St. Louis, Missouri to head the Archdiocese of St. Louis’ new Institute of Sacred Worship, the St. Louis Review reports.

Spain becoming a eugenic society, warns Archbishop of Valladolid

Apr 7, 2008 - 08:15 pm .- Archbishop Braulio Rodriguez of Valladolid has denounced the progressive scorn for human life in the West, the existence of a “eugenic society” and movements that push for legal reform in order to legalize abortion.

Vienna art exhibit demeaning Christ and apostles sparks controversy

Apr 7, 2008 - 06:49 pm .- A display at the Cathedral Museum in Vienna, Austria that features obscene depictions of the apostles and demeaning portrayals of Christ has provoked anger and calls for the exhibit to close, Reuters reports.

Grandparents have special mission of passing on the faith, Cardinal Bertone says

Apr 7, 2008 - 05:38 pm .- Addressing the Pontifical Council for the Family, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, explained over the weekend that in a society characterized by hedonism and superficiality, the role of grandparents is key in the passing on of the faith to the new generations. 

Former German Minister of Justice creates “suicide machine” for terminally ill

Apr 7, 2008 - 04:43 pm .- The former Minister of Justice of Hamburg (Germany), Roger Kusch, recently unveiled a “suicide machine” to allow the terminally ill to end their lives if they wish.

Eight deaths from legal abortions in Mexico City

Apr 7, 2008 - 03:13 pm .- The president of the National Pro-life Committee in Mexico, Jorge Serrano Limon, said he has confirmed that eight women have died from botched legal abortions in Mexico City since the practice was legalized last year.  City officials, on the other hand, have said only one woman has died from abortion related complications.

Pope wants to visit Mexico in 2009, says Cardinal Rivera

Apr 7, 2008 - 02:22 pm .- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, said in Rome last week that Benedict XVI would like to visit Mexico in January of 2009 to preside at the World Meeting of Families, but that the trip would depend on his schedule.

Pope: The Church’s opposition to divorce and abortion is a ‘yes’ to human dignity

Apr 7, 2008 - 11:37 am .- On Saturday, the Holy Father received 300 participants in an international congress entitled: "Oil on the wounds. A response to the blight of abortion and divorce".  In his address of the two topics, he stated that though abortion and divorce are separate decisions, they both “leave wounds that mark life indelibly.”

Catholic website drawing thousands back to faith

Apr 7, 2008 - 10:28 am .- In less than three weeks, 3,000 Catholics returned to the Church in the Diocese of Phoenix due to the effort of a new lay apostolate,  The program consists of a website and commercials aired on local television that effectively portray the truth and goodness of the Catholic Church.

“Stand tall as heralds of hope!”, Pope tells bishops of Antilles

Apr 7, 2008 - 10:26 am .- The bishops from the group of islands in the Caribbean known as the Antilles met with the Holy Father this morning and received from him the challenge to “stand tall as heralds of hope!” and combat the destructive social trends in their country. 

Benedict XVI prays for murdered Syrian Orthodox priest

Apr 7, 2008 - 09:45 am .- Saturday saw more violence against Christians in Iraq, as an Assyrian Orthodox priest was gunned down outside of his house. Pope Benedict expressed his “profound sorrow” upon hearing of the killing, which is the latest in a string of attacks Christians.