Archive of May 19, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of May 19, 2008

Three thousand families to host missionaries for congress in Ecuador

May 19, 2008 - 11:28 pm .- Three thousand Catholic families in Ecuador will open their homes to missionaries from around the world who will be traveling to the country to participate in the Third American Missionary Congress (CAM3), which will be held in Quito August 12-17.

Archbishop Gomez urges graduates to help open dialogue with American culture

May 19, 2008 - 08:14 pm .- Archbishop of San Antonio Jose Gomez delivered the commencement address at the Oblate School of Theology on Friday, telling the graduates to unite reason with faith to overcome the self-limitations of modern thinking.  He also exhorted the students to help promote a dialogue with the American culture by seeking and defending the truth.

Cardinal Mahony bars Australian bishop with 'doctrinal difficulties' from archdiocese

May 19, 2008 - 07:10 pm .- Cardinal Roger Mahony has denied an Australian bishop permission to speak in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles after the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference issued a statement warning of “doctrinal difficulties” present in the bishop’s writings.

State-run newspaper in Cuba concedes abortion’s risks to justify using abortifacient drugs

May 19, 2008 - 06:54 pm .- An article in the Cuban Communist daily “Granma” has acknowledged the dangers of surgical abortion, even those performed under what it calls “optimal” conditions, as a means of promoting the spread of contraceptives and abortifacient drugs.

'Not One Step Back': A song to promote conscientious objection in Spain

May 19, 2008 - 04:42 pm .- The Spanish organization Professionals for Ethics has released a music video of a song promoting the right of parents to conscientiously object to the government-sponsored course Education for Citizenship.

Denver archbishop calls on Catholics for Obama to face the senator’s views on abortion

May 19, 2008 - 04:08 pm .- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver is calling on the group Roman Catholics for Obama ‘08 to convince Sen. Barack Obama to become pro-life, instead of overlooking his support for abortion in favor of other issues of concern to Catholics.

Judge refuses to halt investigation into clandestine clinic in Brazil

May 19, 2008 - 03:29 pm .- Judge Aluizio Pereira dos Santos, who is handling a case against Doctor Neide Motta, accused of operating a clandestine abortion clinic for over 20 years in the Brazilian town of Campo Grande, refused to bow to pressure from abortion supporters to stop investigations into the clinic’s activities.

Mass for repose of Cardinal Gantin's soul to be offered

May 19, 2008 - 02:35 pm .- On Friday May 23, Cardinal Angelo Sodano will offer a Mass for Cardinal Bernardin Gantin at the altar of the Cathedra in the Vatican Basilica.

Vatican expo points out the divine and human dimensions of water

May 19, 2008 - 01:06 pm .- “Expo Zaragoza 2008,” an international exposition with the theme, “Water and sustainable development was presented today at the Holy See Press Office.  The expo will be held in Zaragoza, Spain from June 14 – September 14.

Pope calls on Pontifical Missionary Works to reach all nations

May 19, 2008 - 11:04 am .- On Saturday the Holy Father received representatives of the Pontifical Missionary Works, a group of organizations serving "to put into effect the missionary mandate to evangelize people unto the ends of the earth.”  In the words of Christ, he called them to “make disciples of all nations.”

Effective evangelists are ‘specialists’ in listening to God, Pope teaches

May 19, 2008 - 10:43 am .- On Sunday Pope Benedict met with a group of consecrated people at St. Lawrence Cathedral in Genoa. The consecrated faithful heard words of encouragement from the Pope to remain committed to their work of evangelization.

Vatican says prohibition against gays in seminaries is universal

May 19, 2008 - 09:21 am .- Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, has sent a letter to the bishops of the world with the approval of Pope Benedict XVI reaffirming the “Instruction Concerning the Criteria for the Discernment of Vocation with regard to Persons with Homosexual Tendencies in view of their Admission to the Seminary and to Holy Orders,” as universal and without exceptions.