Archive of April 24, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of April 24, 2008

Nancy Pelosi criticized for using false “environmentalist” Bible quotation

Apr 24, 2008 - 10:17 pm .- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is facing criticism for repeatedly attributing an incorrect quotation to the Book of Isaiah that concerns ministering to creation, Cybercast News Service reports.

Congressman praises abstinence education, decries CDC-approved curriculum

Apr 24, 2008 - 08:19 pm .- Representative Bill Sali (R-Idaho) on Wednesday spoke during a U.S. House hearing on abstinence-only government programs, saying such programs were effective at promoting healthy relationships and contributing to a decline in teen pregnancy in ways that did not offend the moral and religious convictions of many communities.

Archbishop calls on Mexicans to prepare for fourth National Eucharistic Congress

Apr 24, 2008 - 05:06 pm .- Archbishop Alberto Suarez Inda of Morelia has invited Mexicans to prepare well for the upcoming 4th National Eucharistic Congress to be celebrated in the archdiocese April 30-May 4, with the theme, “Jesus Christ Eucharist, Gift of the Father and Life for our families.”

Mexicans to light 7000 candles for unborn outside Legislative Assembly

Apr 24, 2008 - 03:43 pm .- The National Pro-Life Committee in Mexico says that it will light 7,194 candles on April 24 outside the Legislative Assembly in memory of the unborn babies that have been killed since abortion was legalized in the Mexican capital last year.

Work must be done to keep Christians from leaving Iraq, says bishop

Apr 24, 2008 - 01:27 pm .- Speaking to the SIR news agency, Auxiliary Bishop Shlemon Warduni of Baghdad said this week, “I am pleased to hear that some countries in the European Union have opened their doors to Iraqi Christian refugees, but it is also necessary to work so that Christians do not keep leaving Iraq.”

Ranks of Pontifical Council for the Laity bolstered by Benedict XVI

Apr 24, 2008 - 12:49 pm .- The Pontifical Council for the Laity received a raft of appointments from Pope Benedict XVI today. Among the appointments was that of the U.S. academic and pro-life advocate Helen Alvare, who will serve as a consultor to the council. 

Brazilian judge declares abortion in cases of rape of minor unconstitutional

Apr 24, 2008 - 11:44 am .- A judge in Rio Verde has ruled that a Brazilian law allowing abortion in cases of rape of a minor is unconstitutional because it violates the right to life protected by Brazil’s constitution.

Pope encourages Catholics in Caucusus to persist despite difficulties

Apr 24, 2008 - 10:25 am .- Pope Benedict XVI met today with the bishops from the central Caucus region in an “ad limina” visit. He told the bishops that the Church in the Caucusus to must continue to face "with courage the social and cultural challenges" that have evolved since the fall of Communism.

Agricultural reform must not become dehumanized, says Vatican official

Apr 24, 2008 - 09:47 am .- World food prices are on the rise and the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization held a meeting in Brazil’s capital to address the problems associated with food production and distribution. 

ACLU wins lawsuit against courthouse’s Jesus picture, but picture remains

Apr 24, 2008 - 07:09 am .- U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle ruled in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union in a lawsuit alleging that a lone painting of Jesus in the Slidell, Louisiana courthouse is unconstitutional, Cybercast News Service reports. 

Alaska governor gives birth to son with Down’s Syndrome

Apr 24, 2008 - 03:42 am .-  Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin on Friday gave birth to her fifth child, a son who has Down’s Syndrome.  She said that she and her family had been “truly blessed.”

Orthodox and Catholic Churches are allies, Bishop Hilarion says

Apr 24, 2008 - 02:02 am .- Bishop Hilarion, the Russian Orthodox Bishop of Vienna and Austria, has said in an interview that the Orthodox and Catholic Churches are allies who could form a strategic alliance to defend Christian values, Interfax reports.   He also criticized many Protestants for having a “light version” of Christianity.