Archive of May 23, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of May 23, 2008

Truth is not a threat to tolerance, Spanish archbishop says

May 23, 2008 - 08:16 pm .- As the Spanish government escalates its efforts to impose secularism on the country, Cardinal Agustin Garcia-Gasco of Valencia, responded this week by saying, “Truth is not a threat to the tolerance of legitimate diversity” nor “does it lead to intolerance of one’s neighbor.”

McCain repudiates Hagee endorsement after Hitler remark revealed

May 23, 2008 - 05:17 pm .- Presumptive republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain has rejected the months-old endorsement of Texas pastor John Hagee after the publication of a recording showed the televangelist saying God sent Adolf Hitler to help Jews reach the Promised Land.

7 year-old girl who escaped death twice is WYD ambassador

May 23, 2008 - 04:07 pm .- Her name is Sophie Delezio, and at eight years old she has already miraculously survived two serious accidents.  In spite of suffering burns over 85% of her body, losing both her legs, several fingers and her right ear, she never stopped fighting.  This Australian girl has been chosen to be one of World Youth Day 2008’s ambassadors.

Pope exhorts universities to encourage a passion for the truth

May 23, 2008 - 01:35 pm .- On Friday, after receiving participants of a conference promoted by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, the Holy Father stressed that it is the duty of Catholic universities to promote a passion for the Truth in its educators so that family values will be strengthened.

Neocatechumenal Way announces definitive approval of statutes

May 23, 2008 - 12:33 pm .- The official website of the Neocatechumenal Way in Italy announced this week that Pope Benedict XVI has approved the definitive Statutes of the Way, founded by Spaniard Kiko Arguello in the 1960s.

Christianity is the most profound revolution in history, Pope declares

May 23, 2008 - 11:01 am .- On Thursday evening Pope Benedict led a series of liturgical events dedicated to the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. In his homily, the Pontiff declared that the unity brought about in the Eucharist shows that the Christian revolution is the most profound revolution in human history.

Our freedom is greater when we open our hearts to God, says Pope Benedict

May 23, 2008 - 10:51 am .- The Holy Father sent a message on May 22 for the 97th "Deutscher Katholikentag," a celebration organized by the Catholic laity in Germany.  This year’s event, held in the German city of Osnabruck, focused on the theme, “He brought me out into a broad place.”

Unite in the face of Church’s problems, Pope tells Albanian bishops

May 23, 2008 - 10:45 am .- Bishops from the Republic of Albania were at the Vatican today to meet with the Holy Father and to visit the tomb of St. Peter. During his audience with the prelates, Benedict XVI called on them to strengthen their cooperation to better face the Church’s problems and difficulties.

Benedict remembers Cardinal Gantin as filled with the love of Christ

May 23, 2008 - 09:58 am .- Today following a Mass offered for the soul of Cardinal Bernardin Gantin, Benedict XVI recalled the life of the prelate, dean emeritus of the College of Cardinals, who died May 13 at the age of 86. The Pope noted how the cardinal dedicated his life to the Church and was the first African prelate to hold a position in the Vatican.

Oxford lab to revisit carbon dating of Shroud of Turin

May 23, 2008 - 05:01 am .- A physics professor has persuaded an Oxford laboratory to revisit the question of the age of the Shroud of Turin, the reputed burial shroud of Jesus Christ.  The professor argues that carbon monoxide contaminating the shroud could have distorted its radiocarbon dating results by more than 1,000 years.

Chimpanzee should be a legal person, animal rights activists say

May 23, 2008 - 02:49 am .- Animal rights advocates are appealing to the European Court of Human Rights to declare a 26-year-old chimpanzee named Matthew to be a legal person.

Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos to ordain four as priests for Latin Mass fraternity

May 23, 2008 - 01:18 am .- Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos, President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, will ordain four men to the priesthood for the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter on Friday, May 30.