Archive of June 18, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of June 18, 2008

Anglican leaders respond to clergymen’s same-sex ‘wedding’

Jun 18, 2008 - 10:15 pm .- The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of York on Tuesday released a statement in response to news that two Anglican clergymen who exchanged vows in May in a version of a marriage ceremony. The archbishops voiced “very great concern” and referred to previous Anglican teachings against sexually-active same-sex unions.

Roe v. Wade’s “Jane Roe” to appear in pro-life commercial

Jun 18, 2008 - 07:25 pm .- Norma McCorvey, the plaintiff “Jane Roe” in the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide, will appear in her first-ever television commercial to lament her role in the case.

Fire destroys Catholic church in Egypt

Jun 18, 2008 - 05:09 pm .- Fire destroyed a Coptic Catholic church in the Egyptian town of Kafr el Sheij this week, coming just three weeks after another church was burned in the country because of conflicts between Christians and Muslims. 

Health Minister seek consensus to change law on abortion in Spain

Jun 18, 2008 - 04:28 pm .- The Spanish newspaper ABC reported this week that the country’s Health Minister, Bernat Soria, who supports the legalization of abortion, is “hoping” to get a majority of lawmakers to back a Congressional proposal to change Spain’s law on abortion.

Muslim organization calling on Obama to invite women to future rally

Jun 18, 2008 - 03:43 pm .- In an attempt to silence rumors that he is secretly a Muslim, two Barack Obama campaign volunteers prevented two women wearing headscarves from appearing in a picture with him at a Monday campaign rally. Reacting to the news, the Council on American-Islamic Relations told CNA that they are asking for Obama to invite the women to another rally.  

Bishop mediating negotiations over release of 60 policemen taken hostage in Peru

Jun 18, 2008 - 03:18 pm .- Bishop Marco Antonio Cortez Lara of Tacna and Moquegua in Peru has begun mediating negotiations with a group of protesters that took 60 policemen hostage during a violent strike. 

Archbishop Fisichella: Pius XII had positive influence on Vatican II

Jun 18, 2008 - 12:32 pm .- In light of the 50th anniversary of Pius XII’s death, the new President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Archbishop-designate Salvatore “Rino” Fisichella, published an article in L’Osservatore Romano this week on the important contribution of the 43 encyclicals the Pontiff contributed to the Second Vatican Council.

Pope greets Eucharistic congress participants, prays for revival of belief

Jun 18, 2008 - 10:09 am .- After delivering his reflections on St. Isidore of Seville at his Wednesday general audience, Pope Benedict addressed some remarks to participants in the International Eucharistic Congress being held in Quebec, Canada, from June 15—22 on the theme: "The Eucharist: gift of God for the life of the world."

Bear witness to Christ with contemplation and action, Benedict XVI declares

Jun 18, 2008 - 09:49 am .- Pope Benedict XVI greeted thousands of pilgrims gathered under a warm Roman sun in St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday. In his address, the Pope focused on how Christians must live out their faith by uniting contemplation with action.

Archbishop Niederauer praises Tim Russert’s devotion to faith, family

Jun 18, 2008 - 04:11 am .- Archbishop George H. Niederauer of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Communications Committee, the late Tim Russert on Tuesday for his devotion to his Catholic faith, family, work as a journalist and his work with Catholic charities.

Catholics continue to help in quake's aftermath

Jun 18, 2008 - 01:56 am .- Catholic aid for China’s earthquake victims continues to arrive. On Friday another 100 tons of rice and 10 tons of cooking oil arrived in nine trucks. The supplies will feed over 10,000 people near the epicenter for ten days.

Chinese sister dies in flood after escorting leprosy victim to hospital

Jun 18, 2008 - 01:01 am .- A religious sister who worked with lepers died on Friday after being caught in a flood in the Chinese province of Guangdong.