Archive of June 10, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of June 10, 2008

Small Catholic community endures in western Russia

Jun 10, 2008 - 11:08 pm .- A French missionary has told the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) that the Catholic minority in a Caucusian republic, though it shows great potential, could not survive without help from the West.

Episcopal Bishop Robinson enters homosexual civil union

Jun 10, 2008 - 08:24 pm .- Bishop Gene Robinson, the openly homosexual Episcopal bishop whose appointment drove a deep rift within the worldwide Anglican Communion, on Saturday entered into a civil union at a private ceremony at St. Paul’s Church in New Hampshire.

Archbishop praises Chavez for backing away from law that would endanger Confession

Jun 10, 2008 - 07:17 pm .- Archbishop Reinaldo del Prette of Valencia has praised the decision by President Hugo Chavez to review a controversial law on national intelligence that some say would violate fundamental rights such as the seal of confession.

Has Obama dissolved his Catholic advisory council?

Jun 10, 2008 - 05:25 pm .- Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, has apparently dissolved his Catholic National Advisory Council. According to the latest information obtained by CNA, evidence of the committee’s continued existence remains elusive.

Church in Colombia praises Chavez for requesting release of FARC hostage

Jun 10, 2008 - 04:15 pm .- The secretary general of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Bishop Fabian Marulanda, expressed his hope this week that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s request for the FARC to release all of its hostages “reflects a sincere desire on his behalf and a change of mentality not only” in Chavez “but also in many other people who in one way or another have been involved in acts of subversion.”

Holy Father encourages Brazilians to renew evangelization on anniversary

Jun 10, 2008 - 01:23 pm .- In a message to the Archbishop of Sao Paulo, Cardinal Odilo Scherer, Pope Benedict XVI encouraged Brazilians to continue proclaiming the word of God “with evangelical faith and charity.”

Blueprint for medical crises must be re-examined, says bioethicist

Jun 10, 2008 - 12:28 pm .- A physician task force recently proposed guidelines for hospitals to follow in the face of a medical crisis.  The recommendations made by the doctors describe the characteristics of patients who should be denied treatment in order to save those who are more likely to survive.

Science and technology will not redeem mankind, Pope insists

Jun 10, 2008 - 10:27 am .- On Monday, Pope Benedict XVI opened the congress for the Diocese of Rome on the theme, “Jesus has risen. Educating for hope in prayer, in action and in suffering.” He told the Romans that they should not look to science and technology for hope and redemption, but to instead open their lives to God.

Vatican to premier musical about Mary

Jun 10, 2008 - 09:41 am .- A unique musical will be making an appearance at the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall on the life of the Virgin Mary on Tuesday, June 17.

Chinese locals respond with gratitude to Catholic quake aid

Jun 10, 2008 - 05:26 am .- Catholic charities are coming to the assistance of earthquake victims in China and have so far distributed camping tents, 20 tons of rice, and 307 bottles of cooking oil.

California county clerk to cut marriage ceremonies in wake of same-sex marriage decision

Jun 10, 2008 - 03:20 am .- The county clerk of Kern County, California has announced that her office will perform no civil marriages at all because of the state Supreme Court’s decision not to stay its mandate legalizing same-sex marriages.

Pope Benedict to meet President Bush in medieval tower

Jun 10, 2008 - 01:40 am .- Pope Benedict XVI will meet with President George W. Bush in a restored medieval tower on Friday. Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said the unusual venue was chosen to repay Bush for “the cordiality of the meeting at the White House” during the Pope’s U.S. visit in April.