Archive of April 9, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of April 9, 2008

Vienna cardinal expresses regrets about controversial artwork display

Apr 9, 2008 - 10:09 pm .- After a controversial piece of artwork depicting the apostles engaged in sexual acts was removed from an exhibit at the Vienna cathedral’s museum, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has expressed his “explicit regret” that the work was exhibited, reports.

Spanish bishops publish children’s catechism

Apr 9, 2008 - 08:22 pm .- Children between the ages of 6 and 10 in Spain can now learn the basics of the Catholic faith with a new tool appropriate for today’s society.  The Bishops’ Conference of Spain has published a new catechism entitled, “Jesus is Lord,” which is aimed at kids who have made their First Communion.

Church condemns conduct of drug traffickers, Mexican bishops say

Apr 9, 2008 - 06:03 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of Mexico has denounced media reports accusing the Church of “recognizing the kindness of drug lords,” saying the Catholic Church does not support “the conduct and actions of drug traffickers; on the contrary, she condemns it and will continue doing so because it is an attack on life and on the good of Mexico.”

Group proposing lay election of bishops runs ad anticipating papal visit

Apr 9, 2008 - 05:55 pm .- Today the group Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) ran an advertisement in the New York Times in anticipation of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the United States next week. In an email interview with VOTF leaders, CNA was able to discover what exactly the group means by calling for “structural change” within the Church.

CNN founder says overpopulation causing climate change

Apr 9, 2008 - 03:50 pm .- During a interview on PBS, the founder of CNN, Ted Turner, said the reason for climate change is because “We're too many people”  and that the government needs to “stabilize the population” with measures such as China’s one child per family policy.

Morning after pill a question of human rights, not of faith, says Chilean bishop

Apr 9, 2008 - 02:28 pm .- Bishop Juan Igancio Gonzalez of San Bernardo said this week that the Church’s opposition to the use of the so-called morning after pill is not based on the faith but rather on the defense of fundamental human rights.

Children make 600 rosaries for gifts during papal visit to New York

Apr 9, 2008 - 01:37 pm .- Students from Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School in Staten Island are counting the days until their encounter with Pope Benedict XVI in New York, when they will give him 600 hand-made rosaries as a gift.

Pope speaks about religious sister who was killed by Satanists

Apr 9, 2008 - 10:28 am .- Today at the end of the general audience in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Benedict spoke to a group of nuns and lay people, who were present to honor the memory of Sr. Maria Laura Mainetti, a religious sister who was killed by Satanists.

Europe should look to St. Benedict for model of renewal, Pope urges

Apr 9, 2008 - 09:50 am .- Pope Benedict XVI held the last general audience today ahead of next week’s papal trip to the United States, urging a renewal of the Christian faith in Europe.

Researchers use new adult stem cell technique in possible Parkinson’s treatment

Apr 9, 2008 - 07:13 am .- A new study from scientists at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reports that reprogrammed skin cells can become functioning neurons when transplanted into the brains of mice and rats.

Popemobile routes offer public chance to see Pope in D.C.

Apr 9, 2008 - 05:32 am .- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has announced the planned Popemobile routes for Pope Benedict XVI’s April visit to Washington, D.C.  It has also announced locations where Catholics and the general public can see the Pope as he travels through the city.

Diocese of Camden announces massive “reconfiguration”

Apr 9, 2008 - 03:24 am .- Citing population shifts, a decline in the number of priests and an “appalling” Mass attendance rate of 24 percent, Bishop Joseph A. Galante of the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey, has announced a “reconfiguration” that would reduce the diocese’s number of parishes from 124 to 66.

Washington bishop apologizes for hiring worker facing child porn charges

Apr 9, 2008 - 01:02 am .- In a letter read at 40 Catholic parishes in the state of Washington, Bishop Carlos Sevilla has apologized to his diocese for hiring an ex-seminarian to work in a parish despite knowing he was under investigation for viewing child pornography, the Yakima Herald reports.