Archive of May 7, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of May 7, 2008

Vatican tells parishes not to open archives to LDS church

May 7, 2008 - 10:32 pm .- In a letter sent to all of the Episcopal conferences of the world, the Congregation for the Clergy has reiterated the desire of the Holy See that Catholic parishes refrain from opening their archives to the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, who often request information through the Genealogical Society of Utah.

Israeli Bible contest criticized for Messianic Jewish student contestant

May 7, 2008 - 07:48 pm .- A Messianic Jewish student’s bid to win Israel’s annual youth Bible quiz has triggered a controversy because of her belief in Jesus.

Seminar to help journalists strengthen coverage of the Catholic Church

May 7, 2008 - 05:39 pm .- This coming fall the School of Church Communications at Rome’s Pontifical University of the Holy Cross will be offering a one-week seminar designed to provide religion journalists with an array of tools to strengthen their coverage of today’s Roman Catholic Church.

Cause for beatification of 21 year-old Spanish soldier opened

May 7, 2008 - 04:13 pm .- The Bishop of Ciudad Real in Spain has opened the diocesan phase of the cause of beatification of Ismael Molinero Novillo, also known as Ismael Tomelloso, a heroic soldier who offered his life for the faith during the Spanish Civil War.

Pope’s main message is to encounter God, Spanish cardinal indicates

May 7, 2008 - 02:18 pm .- The Archbishop of Toledo, Cardinal Antonio Canizares, said this week the main message Pope Benedict XVI has conveyed during his three years as Pontiff is that the fundamental purpose of human existence is the encounter with God.

Bishops denounce trafficking and abuse of minors in Brazil

May 7, 2008 - 01:47 pm .- Two bishops in northern Brazil have denounced the increase in human trafficking and said that authorities have not been able to prevent pedophilia and the sexual exploitation of minors.

New trial begins in case of murdered American sister in Brazil

May 7, 2008 - 12:08 pm .- The Brazilian courts have initiated a new trial of the men accused of killing the American religious sister, Dorothy Stang, who was shot in February of 2005 in the state of Para.

Open your hearts to the afflicted in Myanmar, Pope implores

May 7, 2008 - 10:33 am .- During Wednesday’s general audience, Pope Benedict also expressed his grief over the tragedy in Myanmar, also know as Burma, where upwards of 20,000 people are dead and some 40,000 still missing after a devastating cyclone ripped through the south eastern part of the country.

Prayer and the gifts of the Holy Spirit bring Christian unity, Pope says

May 7, 2008 - 09:46 am .- Pope Benedict greeted His Holiness Catholicos Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, during his weekly general audience on Wednesday morning. In his remarks, the Pope emphasized that ecumenical dialogue is fuelled by the Holy Spirit and prayer.

Archdiocese of Boston breaks ground on Pope John Paul II Academy

May 7, 2008 - 06:01 am .- The Archdiocese of Boston has broken ground on the Columbia Campus of the new Pope John Paul II Academy as part of a reconfiguration of the Catholic school system in the Boston neighborhoods of Dorchester and Mattapan. ...

MP worries Britain will become Europe’s ‘abortion capital’

May 7, 2008 - 04:14 am .- A British Minister of Parliament has proposed decreasing the time period for legalized abortion, saying Britain’s permissive abortion laws put it at risk of becoming Europe’s “Abortion Capital.”

‘Hell’s Kitchen’ chef provokes Catholic complaints in Australia

May 7, 2008 - 02:45 am .- The Catholic Diocese of Adelaide has voiced its displeasure with the foul-mouthed television chef, Gordon Ramsay, saying his expletive-filled reality television shows should be either taken off the air or shown at a later time.

Zimbabwe could be 'too traumatized' for runoff election, Catholic group warns

May 7, 2008 - 01:04 am .- A Catholic peace and justice commission in Zimbabwe has said that it will be impossible to hold a meaningful run-off election between President Robert Mugabe and challenger Morgan Tsvangirai if state-sponsored violence against innocent civilians does not stop.