Archive of April 8, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of April 8, 2008

Vietnamese Catholics continue struggle for land despite government threats

Apr 8, 2008 - 10:06 pm .- Catholics who seek to recover government-confiscated land continued their demonstrations after the expiration of a Monday deadline set by a government ultimatum that threatened “extreme action” and demanded that the protests cease.

Ruling by Chilean high court is application of existing law protecting life

Apr 8, 2008 - 07:09 pm .- In an interview with the Catholic News Agency, attorney Carmen Dominguez said the decision of the Chilean Constitutional Court to declare the distribution of the morning after pill unconstitutional is a logical application of existing law, which protects the life of the unborn.

New book tells story of young Italian police officer who saved five thousand Jews

Apr 8, 2008 - 05:10 pm .- On April 1, the Pontifical Lateran University presented the book, “Capuozzo, Indulge this Child: The Life of Giovanni Palatucci,” published by Saint Paul Editions. The new book tells the life of the heroic Italian police officer who saved five thousand Jews during World War II.

Euthanasia similar to Hitler’s racial purging, says Nuncio in Spain

Apr 8, 2008 - 02:58 pm .- The Apostolic Nuncio to Spain, Archbishop Manuel Monteiro de Castro, compared euthanasia with Hitler’s racial purging and said both situations are “the consequence of a society without God.”

Number of pro-life Brazilians continues to increase

Apr 8, 2008 - 01:41 pm .- A survey by the Data Folha firm has revealed that 7 out 10 Brazilians want abortion to be illegal in the country despite an intense campaign by pro-abortion organizations to get it legalized. 

Salvadorans working to ready basilica in Washington for papal visit

Apr 8, 2008 - 12:57 pm .- A group of 13 Salvadorans and one Guatemalan are working full time to put to the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. in shape for Pope Benedict XVI’s meeting with the U.S. bishops on April 16, the second day of his upcoming visit.

We must proclaim the Gospel with the courage of martyrs, says Holy Father

Apr 8, 2008 - 10:46 am .- Yesterday afternoon, the Holy Father presided over the Mass for the 40th anniversary of the foundation of the Sant'Egidio Community, a lay apostolate founded in Rome.  In his homily to the group, Benedict XVI encouraged them to have the courage and perseverance of martyrs while proclaiming the Gospel.

Pope sends video to U.S.-- I come to share the hope of Christ

Apr 8, 2008 - 10:16 am .- Pope Benedict XVI is just days away from arriving in the U.S. for his first visit.  In anticipation of his arrival he released a video message today saying he is coming to share the message of hope in Christ with all those living in the U.S. 

New York holds skateboard design contest for papal visit

Apr 8, 2008 - 06:25 am .- During his April visit to New York City, Pope Benedict XVI will be the recipient of a unique gift—a papal themed skateboard. The unusual gift will be presented to the Pope when he meets with the youth in Yonkers, and is the fruit of a skateboard design contest for local youth.

Kansas Senate passes law requiring abortion providers to report suspected abuse

Apr 8, 2008 - 04:38 am .- The Kansas Senate on Thursday passed and sent to the governor a bill that would strengthen abortion reporting requirements, The Witchita Eagle reports.

Vocations posters encourage men to “Discover the Priesthood”

Apr 8, 2008 - 02:07 am .- Efforts to encourage vocations that now include marketing campaigns featuring polished, modern posters of seminarians are seeing success, the Kansas City Star reports.