Archive of May 13, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of May 13, 2008

Rally for marriage and the family to be held at Democratic National Convention

May 13, 2008 - 11:59 pm .- Marriage and the family are two issues that are bringing together the Alliance for Marriage Foundation and the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders, who have announced plans for a rally at the Democratic National Convention in Denver this coming August.  

Chinese Catholics begin recovery from devastating earthquake

May 13, 2008 - 10:16 pm .- After a massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake on Monday, priests in the devastated southwestern province of Sichuan are trying to help survivors and assess the extent of damage and loss of life in their communities. Bishops and priests are asking for relief aid and prayers, while Catholic organizations are soliciting donations to help quake victims.

Courageous Catholic convert who denounced Nazi barbarism chronicled

May 13, 2008 - 08:13 pm .- Fritz Michael Gerlich, a German convert to Catholicism, systematically denounced the Nazi barbarism and Hitler for over 13 years.  After his arrest, he was sent to the concentration camp of Dachau where he was killed. Now, two authors recount his story in the book, “A Journalist Against Hitler.”

Catholic League declares end to Rev. Hagee controversy

May 13, 2008 - 06:17 pm .- An apologetic letter sent by the Texas pastor Rev. John Hagee to the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights has put an end to the controversy surrounding his alleged anti-Catholic views, the Catholic League said on Tuesday.

Maryknoll missionary follows in steps of missionary bishop in North Korea

May 13, 2008 - 03:43 pm .- L'Osservatore Romano published an article this week on the apostolic work of the Maryknoll priest Gerard Hammond, a missionary in North Korea who is following in the footsteps of American Bishop Patrick Byrne, who served in Korea and Japan during and after World War II.

Believing in aliens not opposed to Christianity, Vatican’s top astronomer says

May 13, 2008 - 01:59 pm .- The Director of the Vatican's Observatory, Fr. José Gabriel Funes, said in an interview with the Vatican daily, L'Osservatore Romano, that believing in the possible existence of extraterrestrial  life is not opposed to Catholic doctrine.

Pro-life movements to propose amending Universal Declaration of Human Rights

May 13, 2008 - 01:38 pm .- A coalition of European pro-life and family organizations, led by the Italian organization Movement for Life, will present a proposal to amend the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to include recognition of the rights of the unborn.

Heroic Catholic nurse who saved Jews during WWII dies

May 13, 2008 - 11:32 am .- On May 12 Irena Sendler, the courageous Polish Catholic nurse who saved Jewish children from death at the hands of the Nazis, died at the age of 98 in a hospital in Warsaw.

Pontifical Council examining plight of immigrants

May 13, 2008 - 10:02 am .- Beginning today the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples is meeting at the Vatican to address how to spiritually provide for emigrant and itinerant families. 

Vatican creates calendars of Benedict XVI and JPII

May 13, 2008 - 09:58 am .- The unofficial Vatican newspaper, “L’ Osservatore Romano” has created two calendars for 2009: one from the pontificate of Benedict XVI and the other from the Servant of God John Paul II’s reign.  Each calendar contains 13 photos chosen from a selection of the finest available close-up images of the two Popes.

Bishop of Rockville Centre forbids weekday Communion services

May 13, 2008 - 05:54 am .- Bishop of Rockville Centre William Murphy has issued a pastoral letter restricting the practice of Communion services at parishes and schools in his diocese.  He said the ban on Communion services would bring the archdiocese into conformity with the liturgical norms of the Church.

N. Ireland party leaders united in opposition to expanded abortion license

May 13, 2008 - 02:34 am .- The leaders of the four main political parties in Northern Ireland have written to MPs in the British Parliament stating their opposition to extending the 1967 Abortion Act to Northern Ireland.

Vatican launches Latin section on its website

May 13, 2008 - 01:21 am .- The Vatican website has opened a Latin section for papal texts and religious resources translated into Latin.