Archive of April 29, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of April 29, 2008

Rep. Chris Smith proposes ban on human-animal hybrid embryo creation

Apr 29, 2008 - 11:18 pm .- On Thursday Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives a bill that would ban the creation, transfer, or transportation of part-human, part-animal hybrids. 

Sacramento public library system continues policy allowing porn viewing

Apr 29, 2008 - 09:23 pm .- The Sacramento Library Authority Board voted last Thursday to retain its policy of minimal interference with patrons who access pornography on library computers, News10 Sacramento reports.  Board members also voted to spend $21,000 for more computer monitors with recessed screens to allow more private viewing.

Socialists want to eliminate God from hospitals, says Spanish bishop

Apr 29, 2008 - 07:05 pm .- Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Tarazona in Spain has defended the right of Catholic chaplains to work in hospitals, saying that spiritual care is a right of the infirm and not a privilege of the Church, as the Socialist Party has sought to portray it.

New government laws attack the essence of the family, says association

Apr 29, 2008 - 06:01 pm .- The president of the Spanish Forum on the Family, Benigno Blanco, said this week, “In the last four years the government has promoted a true ideological revolution in the regulation of marriage and the family,” passing laws that “are doctrinaire and sectarian and are inspired by the theory of gender” that causes so much harm.

Prime Minister deplores selective abortion of girls in India

Apr 29, 2008 - 03:23 pm .- High-ranking officials in India have acknowledged the macabre scope of the selective abortion of girls, a practice that is increasingly more common in the country.

Venezuelans celebrate beatification of Mother Candelaria de San Jose

Apr 29, 2008 - 02:15 pm .- Fifty thousand people were on hand at the Central University of Venezuelan’s baseball stadium for the beatification of Mother Candelaria de San Jose, the country’s second blessed.  The Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints.

Pope's visit to France confirmed by bishops

Apr 29, 2008 - 12:37 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of France has officially announced that Pope Benedict XVI will travel to France for the 150th anniversary of the Marian apparitions that took place in Lourdes.

New York, Washington speak on Communion for pro-abort politicians

Apr 29, 2008 - 11:41 am .- Robert Novak’s latest column on pro-abortion politicians receiving Communion during the Pope’s visit to the U.S., has caused both Cardinal Egan and the Archdiocese of Washington to speak about the situation.

Christians and Buddhists can cooperate on the environment, pontifical council says

Apr 29, 2008 - 09:46 am .- The Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue sent its annual Message to Buddhists for the Feast of Vesakh.  The letter stated the importance of environmental concerns and spoke of Christians and Buddhists uniting to care for the earth.

Malaysian Catholic newspaper continues legal fight to use “Allah”

Apr 29, 2008 - 06:49 am .- A Catholic newspaper in Malaysia on Friday continued its fight to use the word “Allah” to signify God in its newspapers.  The newspaper has appealed to the High Court to hear its case, Agence France Presse reports. 

Catholic radio station to reduce Protestant programming in “identity change”

Apr 29, 2008 - 04:06 am .- Citing the need to make an “identity change” and an overly competitive spirit among some of its non-Catholic radio shows, a Catholic-sponsored radio channel in Connecticut is reshuffling its schedule and cutting many of its Protestant slots, the Hartford Courant reports.

Attack on me is attack on black church, Rev. Wright says

Apr 29, 2008 - 01:56 am .- In a Monday morning speech at the National Press Club, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the controversial Chicago pastor who was a mentor to Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, called reaction to some of his sermons an “attack” on the black church.