Archive of May 15, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of May 15, 2008

World Youth Day ad campaign in Sydney aims to involve locals

May 15, 2008 - 11:49 pm .- World Youth Day 2008 organizers have launched a campaign to Sydney-area residents to inform them that the July event is open to all.

More aid relief access to Myanmar needed to avert “human catastrophe”

May 15, 2008 - 08:02 pm .- Catholic partners of the global charity Caritatis Internationalis have begun delivering aid to the people of Myanmar suffering in the devastated aftermath of Cyclone Nargis.  Though aid workers in the country report scenes of “death and mayhem,” aid agencies are still pleading with the Myanmar government to allow more aid into the country to avert a “human catastrophe.”

White House says 'activist judges' at fault for gay marriage ruling

May 15, 2008 - 06:14 pm .- Following today's ruling by the California Supreme Court which struck down the citizen-approved Proposition 22 banning homosexual marriages, the White House has called the decision an action by "activist judges."

Argentinean government “chastises” Church by suspending Te Deum prayer

May 15, 2008 - 04:19 pm .- The government of Cristina Kirchner has decided to “chastise” Church officials in Argentina for their criticism of its policies by announcing it will cancel a 198 year-old tradition and replace the traditional Te Deum prayer of May 25 at the Cathedral of Buenos Aires with a “multi-religious” ceremony in northern Argentina.

Church in Ecuador opposes attempt to legalize homosexual “marriage”

May 15, 2008 - 03:22 pm .- Amidst debate in the Ecuadorian Constitutional Assembly over a proposal to grant homosexuals the right to “marry” and adopt children, the president of the Ecuadorian Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Antonio Arregui Yarza, called the proposal legally unnecessary and said its only effect would be to destroy the family as the basic unit of society.

Ban on homosexual marriage in California dissolved

May 15, 2008 - 02:56 pm .- Marriage and the family were dealt a blow today by a 4-3 California Supreme Court decision striking down the state’s law preventing homosexuals from being recognized as married. Advocates of marriage pledged to fight back with a ballot initiative aimed at amending the state’s constitution to define marriage as between a man and woman.

Half a million signatures in Ecuador to defend life and family in new Constitution

May 15, 2008 - 11:52 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Ecuador presented on Wednesday the signatures of 636,417 people—5% of the country’s population—supporting efforts to protect the family and human life in the Constitutional Assembly that is drafting a new constitution for the country.

Church must protect migrant families, strengthen marriage, Holy Father maintains

May 15, 2008 - 10:23 am .- Today the Pope received participants in the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples to reflect upon the theme: "The emigrant and itinerant family."  He called on them to continue caring for migrant families, but also used the opportunity to emphasize the importance of marriage and family.

Virgins gather in Rome, receive encouragement from Pope

May 15, 2008 - 10:19 am .- On May 14, five hundred women from around the world arrived in Rome for the beginning of the second International Congress-Pilgrimage for consecrated virgins. The consecrated women, who belong to Ordo Virginum, were addressed on Thursday morning by Benedict XVI, who encouraged them to be witnesses of the industrious hope, of joy, and of peace that comes from their total gift of self.

Philippines archbishop posts bail in libel case

May 15, 2008 - 06:18 am .- Facing an arrest warrant on charges of libel for his comments about a gaming corporation’s employees, Archbishop Oscar Cruz posted a bail of $235.

U.S. Coast Guard officer wins exemption from abortion-derived vaccine

May 15, 2008 - 03:32 am .- A U.S. Coast Guard officer who refused to be injected with a vaccine derived from the remains of an aborted child has been granted an exemption from the required vaccination. 

Archbishop orders end to lay preachers at Mass

May 15, 2008 - 01:04 am .- Archbishop of Minneapolis and St. Paul Harry Flynn has ordered an end to lay preaching at parishes in the archdiocese, saying the practice was more widespread than he had realized.