Archive of May 16, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of May 16, 2008

Holy See: Food crisis solution must avoid both greed and ecologic extremism

May 16, 2008 - 09:15 pm .- Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Permanent Observer of the Holy See at the United Nations, said today that both mere economic interests as well as ecological extremism must be avoided to solve the spike in food prices that is affecting poor nations.

Movements challenge “tired Christianity” of many, says Cardinal Rylko

May 16, 2008 - 07:09 pm .- The president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, said this week that faced with the “tired and discouraged Christianity” of so many Catholics, the new ecclesial movements and communities “are a challenge to live the faith with joy and enthusiasm” and to propose “a great missionary passion for the fallen-away and for the new areopagos of modern culture.”

Renowned dissident calls on international community to push for real change in Cuba

May 16, 2008 - 03:55 pm .- The coordinator of the Christian Liberation Movement in Cuba, Oswaldo Paya, has sent a letter to the Brussels Conference—organized by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Schumann Foundation—calling on the international community to support initiatives that will lead to democratic change in Cuba.

Pope reaffirms Church’s stance against homosexual marriage

May 16, 2008 - 02:12 pm .- One day after California overturned a ban on same-sex marriage, the Holy Father has firmly stated that only marriage between a man and a woman is moral.

Educational reform should not be politicized, Mexican bishops say

May 16, 2008 - 01:09 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of Mexico said this week educational reform must not be politicized and must have as one of its primary goals the promotion of the best teachers possible.

Holy See adheres to ozone protection treaties

May 16, 2008 - 11:08 am .- The Holy See has fulfilled its obligation to the Convention of Vienna for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, and to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

‘Defend family values,’ Benedict XVI exhorts

May 16, 2008 - 10:54 am .- Upon receiving representatives of the Forum of Family Associations and the European Federation of Catholic Family Associations today, the Holy Father addressed the needs of the family while bringing to mind the words of Pope John Paul II, “the future of humanity passes by way of the family.”

Proclaim the Gospel amidst the challenges of globalization, Pope says

May 16, 2008 - 10:19 am .- On Friday the Holy Father received bishops from the Church in Thailand and addressed them concerning the condition of the Catholic Church in their care. Besides speaking about the need to respond to the challenges of globalization, the Pope urged the bishops to loudly proclaim the Gospel, even as the culture coarsens. 

Pope composes prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan

May 16, 2008 - 09:53 am .- Pope Benedict has composed a prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan to celebrate the Day of Prayer for the Church in China, which will be observed on May 24.

Pro-abortion group endorses Obama over Clinton

May 16, 2008 - 06:41 am .- A national pro-abortion advocacy group has endorsed Illinois Senator Barack Obama over rival New York Senator Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic nomination for the presidency.

Texas priest resigns new post after complaints about homosexual web site

May 16, 2008 - 04:15 am .- A priest in the Diocese of Dallas on Tuesday resigned from his new post at St. Michael the Archangel Church in McKinney after complaints about his past participation on an Internet site for homosexual priests.

Catholic student group’s pregnancy support campaign banned at university campus

May 16, 2008 - 02:30 am .- A Catholic student group at the University of Queensland has been censored and threatened with disaffiliation from the school’s student union because student union leaders believed the group’s “pro-woman” and “pro-pregnancy” campaign took a stand against abortion.