Archive of April 22, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of April 22, 2008

Zimbabwe tensions could end in genocide, Christian leaders warn

Apr 22, 2008 - 09:07 pm .- A coalition of Catholic and Protestant church leaders has appealed to the world to end the state-sponsored terror and humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe, the Catholic Information Service for Africa (CISA) reports.  The leaders fear the crisis could turn into a situation that leads to genocide. 

Brazilian priest floating on party balloons for charity is missing

Apr 22, 2008 - 05:42 pm .- A priest in Brazil has come up with a novel way to raise money for a roadside chapel meant to provide spiritual assistance to truckers—trying to break a flight time record using 1,000 helium party balloons. According to news reports, the enterprising Fr. Adelir de Carli has gone missing off the southern coast of Brazil. 

“We need to know who to forgive,” says archbishop about Guatemalan bishop's killers

Apr 22, 2008 - 03:20 pm .- The Archbishop of Guatemala City, Cardinal Rodolfo Quezada Toruno renewed his call this week that investigators solve the murder of Auxiliary Bishop Juan Gerardi, who was killed ten years ago.

Cardinal says Bolivian president misinformed in his criticism of the Church

Apr 22, 2008 - 02:51 pm .- The Archbishop of Santa Cruz, Cardinal Julio Terrazas Sandoval, said Bolivian President Evo Morales’ criticism of the Church could be due either to his being misinformed or to his desire to receive praise from the people.

Cardinal Lopez Trujillo: a man of courageous wisdom who served the truth

Apr 22, 2008 - 02:14 pm .- The president of the movement Laity for Colombia, Carlos Corsi Otalora, recalled Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, who died on April 19 in Rome, as a man of “lucid and courageous wisdom at the service of the truth” and who “was always on the forefront” of dealing with the world problems.

Archbishop calls for sex-ed free from “reductionist concept” of the person

Apr 22, 2008 - 01:26 pm .- Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata in Argentina has sent a document to Governor Daniel Scioli outlining the Church’s position on sex-ed in local schools in which he urges that these programs not be based on a “reductionist concept” of the human person.

Pope to ordain 29 deacons for Rome

Apr 22, 2008 - 12:28 pm .- The Vatican’s Press Office announced today that Pope Benedict XVI will preside at the ordination of 29 deacons for the Diocese of Rome on April 27 at 9:30 a.m. in St. Peter’s Basilica.

Bishop Goic calls for end to attempts to distribute abortion pill

Apr 22, 2008 - 11:40 am .- The president of the Chilean Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Alejandro Goic, lamented this week that some mayors together with the Ministry of Health are looking for ways to disregard the ruling by the Constitutional Court that ordered the suspension of distribution of the morning-after pill.

Urban slum conditions must be addressed, says Archbishop Migliore

Apr 22, 2008 - 09:39 am .- Archbishop Celestino Migliore, addressed the U.N.'s Economic and Social Council's Commission on Population and Development about the problems associated with mega-cities on April 9. He reminded the council that at the heart of their concerns should be the human person.

Cardinal Pell disputes global warming hypothesis

Apr 22, 2008 - 06:00 am .- In the April 20 edition of the Australian newspaper, the Sunday Telegraph, Cardinal George Pell expressed his concern regarding the “global warming hypothesis” in an article titled, “Global warming is over.”

Bishop of troubled Kenyan diocese named archbishop

Apr 22, 2008 - 04:41 am .- The bishop of the conflict-ridden Diocese of Nakuru in Kenya was informed of his promotion to Archbishop of Nyeri in a recent surprise meeting with the apostolic nuncio in Nairobi, the Daily Nation reports.

World Youth Day costs Catholic Church in Australia $150 million

Apr 22, 2008 - 03:30 am .- According to the government of New South Wales, the Catholic Church will pay a “significant amount” of the bill for World Youth Day in Sydney, reports.

SSPX reiterates disagreement with Catholic Church

Apr 22, 2008 - 01:23 am .- Catholic traditionalists who broke with Rome twenty years ago have said they could not rejoin the Church because Pope Benedict XVI still supports the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, Reuters reports.