Archive of May 27, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of May 27, 2008

Vatican delegation to meet with Vietnamese government over property disputes

May 27, 2008 - 11:30 pm .- In a year featuring unprecedented Catholic demonstrations targeting the Vietnamese government, a delegation from the Vatican will meet with the Vietnamese government to discuss controversies surrounding confiscated church properties and the appointment of bishops.

Cardinal Rouco: Homosexual “marriage” is rebellion against man’s biological limits

May 27, 2008 - 08:52 pm .- Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela of Madrid said this week that gender ideology and the laws inspired by it, such as those condoning so-called gay marriage, are an expression of “man’s rebellion against his biological limits.”

Quake causes China to revise one-child policy

May 27, 2008 - 06:01 pm .- Chinese officials have exempted families with children killed, severely injured, or disabled in the devastating Sichuan earthquake from the restrictions of China’s one-child policy.  The May 12 quake, which left more than 65,000 dead, was particularly painful for many Chinese because so many children died.

“Nationalism is real danger” in China, cardinal warns

May 27, 2008 - 03:50 pm .- In an interview with the Italian daily La Stampa, Cardinal Joseph Zen of Hong Kong warned that “nationalism is a real danger” in China and could lead to fascism or dictatorship.

Catalan institute seeks to change definition of marriage to include homosexuals

May 27, 2008 - 02:21 pm .- The Spanish association E-Cristians is urging the Catalan Institute of Language not to move ahead with its plan to modify the official definition of marriage to include homosexual unions.

Drugs, violence and vandalism characterize homosexual parade in Sao Paulo

May 27, 2008 - 01:11 pm .- Theft, violence, vandalism and public consumption of drugs characterized the 12th annual “Homosexual Parade”, which was held in Sao Paulo, Brazil this past weekend.

Church calls on FARC to reconsider peace in wake of leader’s death

May 27, 2008 - 11:42 am .- The secretary general of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Bishop Fabian Marulanda, said the death of FARC leader “Tirofijo” could be an opportunity for the rebel group to realize that power cannot be obtained through violence and that it should reconsider choosing peace.

Global Catholic population remains steady, Africa and Asia continue growing

May 27, 2008 - 10:30 am .- The latest statistics for the Catholic Church have been released by the Vatican for the years 2000-2006. The results show that the overall population has remained stable but that Europe’s population has continued to decline while African and Asia have maintained strong growth.

Vatican crypt’s largest tomb restored

May 27, 2008 - 09:51 am .- The crypt below St. Peter’s basilica, which houses tombs from the first centuries of the Church and some Roman families, has had its largest mausoleum refurbished, Cardinal Angelo Comastri announced today.

Mexican bishops call on former president to cooperate in investigation into cardinal's murder

May 27, 2008 - 04:17 am .- As the fifteenth anniversary of the murder of Cardinal Juan Jesus Posadas Ocampo of Guadalajara was marked in Mexico, the Mexican Bishops’ Conference insisted that his death was a “crime of the state” and demanded that the government subpoena former President Carlos Salinas for further testimony.

Spanish Socialist party leader pushing homosexual agenda in South America

May 27, 2008 - 01:41 am .- Pedro Zerolo, a well-known homosexual activist and the executive secretary of Spain’s Socialist Party (PSOE), traveled last week to Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay—where he met with president-elect and former bishop Fernando Lugo—to promote gender ideology and the legalization of gay marriage in South America.