Archive of June 20, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of June 20, 2008

Discount for student contraceptives removed from war funding bill

Jun 20, 2008 - 11:18 pm .- The U.S. House of Representatives has passed an appropriations bill for the Iraq war after stripping a Senate provision that would indirectly subsidize Planned Parenthood and university health clinics that distribute contraceptives.

Cuban government cuts off dissident’s phone service

Jun 20, 2008 - 09:46 pm .- The president of the Christian Life Movement, Oswaldo Paya, has been targeted by the Cuban government for his dissident activities. This time they have responded by cutting off the phone service at his residence to keep him from communicating with the media during the visit to Cuba by Uruguayan president Tabare Vazquez.

McCain would undoubtedly veto Freedom of Choice Act, Catholic leaders say

Jun 20, 2008 - 06:34 pm .- After a meeting with Catholic leaders in Philadelphia last week, Sen. John McCain’s pro-life credentials are being questioned some pro-lifers who wonder if he would veto the Freedom of Choice Act, which if passed, would invalidate many of the laws that regulate abortion. Leaders who were present at the meeting informed CNA that they believe McCain would undoubtedly veto the bill.

Papal trip to Mexico to be decided after WYD Sydney 2008

Jun 20, 2008 - 05:17 pm .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Mexico, Bishop Carlos Aguiar Retes, said this week Pope Benedict XVI has not yet determined whether or not he will travel to Mexico for the World Meeting of Families that will take place in January, but he hopes the decision will be made after the Holy Father’s trip to Sydney for World Youth Day 2008.

Service to the truth of God is mission of Catholic radio, says Archbishop Amato

Jun 20, 2008 - 03:19 pm .- The secretary for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop Angelo Amato, said this week Catholic radio should present “programs that elevate souls” and should be at “the service of the truth of God, shedding light on the lives of our brothers and sisters in the faith.”

International abortion network trying to dupe bishops and pro-life groups

Jun 20, 2008 - 02:31 pm .- With financial backing from worldwide abortion supporters, film maker Eve Reinhardt is traveling through Peru this week seeking interviews with bishops and pro-life leaders for a documentary she is directing and that—far from being unbiased as she claims—is intended to become an instrument for regaining financial support from the United States for making abortion legal in poor countries.

Arizona passes second partial-birth abortion ban in face of expected veto

Jun 20, 2008 - 11:37 am .- The Arizona legislature on Wednesday passed another bill to create legal penalties for doctors who perform late-term abortions using what opponents call a “horrific procedure.” The bill is likely to be vetoed by Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano.

In the face of criticism, remember God is our audience, bishop advises

Jun 20, 2008 - 11:14 am .- Bishop Jose Ignacio Munilla of Palencia in Spain said this week that amidst the attacks from secularism and relativism, the Church “needs interior freedom in order to carry out God’s will, which is justice, love and hope for all men.”

Catholic Radio receives boost from Pope Benedict

Jun 20, 2008 - 10:15 am .- Over 100 representatives of Catholic radio from around the world were greeted by Pope Benedict at the Vatican on Friday. Through their broadcasts, Catholic radio stations make it possible for their listeners to open their hearts to Christ, the Pope said. 

Bishop confronts New York governor for undercutting democratic process on gay 'marriage'

Jun 20, 2008 - 05:07 am .- Rockville Centre Bishop William Murphy has criticized New York Governor David A. Paterson for ignoring the democratic process in order to recognize same-sex “marriages” in the state and for acting contrary of the common good of the state.

Cardinal Newman Society launches center to study Catholic higher ed

Jun 20, 2008 - 04:20 am .- The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) has announced the launch of the Center for the Study of Catholic Higher Education with the stated goal of studying Catholic colleges and universities “in accordance with the guidelines of 'Ex corde Ecclesiae' and in a manner faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.”

Zimbabwe partially lifts NGO ban following international criticism

Jun 20, 2008 - 01:45 am .- The government of Zimbabwe has partially lifted a policy banning non-government organizations (NGOs) from entering the country, relenting to humanitarian aid organizations and Catholic leaders who had criticized the program.  Mugabe's government now says it will allow workers in who distribute food and help for AIDS patients.