Archive of June 5, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of June 5, 2008

Gangs attack Vietnamese protestors in church-government property dispute

Jun 5, 2008 - 08:13 pm .- Police in the Vietnamese province of Ha Tinh have begun using street and motorcycle gangs to threaten and attack Catholic protesters who are seeking the return of lands confiscated by government authorities in the 1950s.

Mugabe backers detain diplomats from U.S. and Britain

Jun 5, 2008 - 06:16 pm .- A group of British and American diplomats traveling to a meeting with the Zimbabwe opposition was stopped at a roadblock and attacked by both police and President Robert Mugabe’s “war veterans” in Zimbabwe on Thursday.  The diplomats were held at gunpoint for several hours after the incident, which has provoked international outcry.

Tunic from Divine Child statue stolen from Venezuelan church

Jun 5, 2008 - 05:32 pm .- A gold embroidered tunic used to decorate a statue of the Divine Child Jesus has been stolen from the Basilica of St. Teresa in the Venezuelan capital Caracas.  Msgr. Adan Ramirez, who is rector at the Basilica, said the incident proves “there are no values or respect for God.”

Bishops call for stop to implementation of Education for Citizenship

Jun 5, 2008 - 04:50 pm .- The bishops of the dioceses of Galicia in northern Spain are defending the rights of parents to “determine the moral education of their children” and are calling for the implementation of the school course Education for Citizenship to be stopped.

British official punished for refusing to perform homosexual “weddings”

Jun 5, 2008 - 03:55 pm .- A British civil servant has requested permission from a London labor court to be exempted from celebrating gay “marriages” based on conscientious objection.

Sex-ed program violates parents rights, says Argentinean pro-family leader

Jun 5, 2008 - 01:36 pm .- The president of Worldwide Action of Parliamentarians and Leaders for Life and the Family, Senator Liliana Negre de Alonso, warned this week the sex-ed program approved by the Federal Education Council of Argentina violates the fundamental rights of parents.

Cardinal Bertone to visit Catholic Church in Belarus

Jun 5, 2008 - 10:24 am .- The Vatican’s Press Office announced today that Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone will visit Belarus from June 18 – 22.

Bishop Oscar Cantú receives prayerful welcome to San Antonio at vespers, ordination

Jun 5, 2008 - 10:00 am .- As Bishop Oscar Cantú prepared to become the youngest Catholic bishop in the United States and San Antonio’s newest auxiliary bishop, Archbishop José H. Gomez presided over a vespers prayer service June 1 at San Fernando Cathedral.

Pope to convene congress on hope for Diocese of Rome

Jun 5, 2008 - 09:53 am .- The Diocese of Rome will be gathering for three days this coming week to focus on prayer, action and suffering as sources of hope in the light of the Resurrection. Pope Benedict will personally open the conference on Monday.

Australian government reconsidering ban on foreign aid funding for abortion

Jun 5, 2008 - 06:36 am .- The Australian government is considering overturning a 12-year-old policy prohibiting the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) from funding abortion advice, training and services in developing countries.

Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor shows youth 'pointers to hope'

Jun 5, 2008 - 04:44 am .- Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, the Archbishop of Westminster, on Wednesday addressed an international gathering of youth at the opening of the Big Hope Conference at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King in Liverpool.  ...

Assyrian bishop explains his journey into communion with the Catholic Church

Jun 5, 2008 - 03:44 am .- Last month, Bishop Mar Bawai Soro and nearly 1,000 Assyrian Christian families were received into communion with the Chaldean Catholic Church in California.  Bishop Bawai explained the process to CNA, and expressed his hope that other Assyrian churches will also consider uniting with the Catholic Church. 

Ontario government has “no confidence” in Toronto Catholic school board

Jun 5, 2008 - 01:22 am .- The Province of Ontario has moved to take control of Toronto’s scandal-ridden Catholic District School Board, with the provincial Minister of Education saying she has “no confidence” in the board.