Archive of April 18, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of April 18, 2008

Pro-abortion rights politicians receive Holy Communion at papal Mass

Apr 18, 2008 - 10:49 pm .- At Thursday’s papal Mass at Nationals Park in Washington, some United States senators supportive of permissive abortion laws declined to present themselves to receive Holy Communion, while other pro-abortion senators went up to receive, LifeSiteNews reports.

Doubts arise concerning art student’s self-induced abortion exhibit

Apr 18, 2008 - 08:29 pm .- The truth of a Yale art student’s claim that she artificially inseminated herself, induced miscarriages, and filmed the process for exhibition has been called into doubt.  A spokesperson for the university characterized story as “performance art,” insisting there had been no self-impregnations and self-induced abortions.

World needs Christians whose faith is apostolic, Pope tells gathering

Apr 18, 2008 - 06:09 pm .- Around 300 people involved in ecumenical dialogue gathered on Friday evening at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church to hear Pope Benedict speak to them about their efforts at strengthening Christian unity.... 

Benedict expresses joy at visit to synagogue

Apr 18, 2008 - 04:52 pm .- On his way to an ecumenical prayer service at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Pope Benedict made a quick stop at Park East Synagogue and greeted the worshippers gathered there.

New challenges require cooperation among nations, Pope explains

Apr 18, 2008 - 03:16 pm .- In his much anticipated address to the UN this morning, Pope Benedict XVI described how the current problems faced by the world require a collective response at the international level. Among the issues he cited were, development in Africa, scientific and medical advances and the defense of the family.

UN has duty to protect, but should not violate sovereignty, says Pope

Apr 18, 2008 - 01:24 pm .- The UN has the duty to protect life, but this duty should not be seen as permission for the international body to violate a state’s sovereignty, Pope Benedict told the world leaders this morning in New York.

Holy Father describes UN as a 'family of nations'

Apr 18, 2008 - 12:20 pm .- Today Benedict XVI greeted the staff of the United Nations and spoke in an especially reflective manner of the similarities between the Holy See and the United Nations.

Support and promote religious rights, Benedict XVI tells UN

Apr 18, 2008 - 12:00 pm .- Pope Benedict exhorted the UN this morning to focus more on promoting religious rights in its fight to promote human rights.

Pope: True rights come from human nature, not special interest groups

Apr 18, 2008 - 10:59 am .- In a highly articulate speech on Friday, Pope Benedict XVI provided strong philosophical and moral arguments to make the point that human rights are inherent to human persons and not the fruit of an “agreement”. These rights, therefore, cannot be manipulated by ideological and pressure groups.

Dutch Christian family who saved Jewish refugees from Nazism honored

Apr 18, 2008 - 05:57 am .- The Israeli Ambassador to the Netherlands Harry Kney-Tal on Wednesday presented to family members a certificate posthumously honoring two Dutch Christians who saved nearly 800 Jews during the Holocaust.

“Expelled” pro-Intelligent Design documentary to open Friday

Apr 18, 2008 - 05:55 am .- A controversial documentary alleging that scientists skeptical of aspects of Darwinian evolutionary theory have been unjustly suppressed and silenced will open in 1,000 movie theaters on Friday.

Pro-life student group denounces artist who used abortions for art exhibit

Apr 18, 2008 - 04:18 am .- A national pro-life student group denounced the actions of a Yale art student who claims to have artificially inseminated herself and then induced in herself several abortions as part of an art project.  The national group, Students for Life America, has also called on abortion-rights organizations to condemn the student’s actions.

Prayer Vigil to be held for Spain

Apr 18, 2008 - 02:46 am .- Various lay and religious organizations have organized a Vigil of Prayer for Spain on April 18, to pray for the difficult situation the country faces due to secularism and abortion.