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

Cardinal Foley entertains Knight’s dinner, asks for lifting of excommunication

Aug 5, 2008 - 09:53 pm .- The “States Dinner” that the Knights of Columbus hold at their annual convention is always a colorful affair with representatives from the different states and provinces expressing their state pride.This year’s dinner was made even more lively with the quick-witted humor and insights of Cardinal John Foley.

California bishops endorse Prop. 8 to halt ‘radical change’ of same-sex marriage

Aug 5, 2008 - 06:43 pm .- The Catholic Bishops of California have endorsed Proposition 8, a measure on the California ballot that would ban what they called the “radical change” of same-sex marriage. Writing in a statement, the bishops explained Catholic teaching on marriage and also defended marriage’s natural functions in stabilizing society for the procreation and rearing of children.

Knights of Columbus must help change society with ‘new politics,’ says Carl Anderson

Aug 5, 2008 - 04:58 pm .- Riding the enthusiasm of Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to the United States, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson delivered a rousing speech today in which he challenged his fellow Knights to transform the world through their actions and political decisions.

Girl who defied myths on anencephaly dies in Brazil

Aug 5, 2008 - 04:44 pm .- During her short life of one year, eight months and twelve days, Marcela de Jesus Ferreira made more friends than any other child of her age. Some 1,500 attended her funeral and accompanied her casket to the cemetery of Patrocinio Paulista, her hometown, where a street will be named in her memory.

Pope visits birthplace of missionary saint to China

Aug 5, 2008 - 01:15 pm .- On Tuesday Pope Benedict traveled to the town of Oies near Bressanone, where he is spending his vacations, to visit the birthplace of St. Joseph Freinademetz, a missionary to China and the most popular saint in the region.

L'Osservatore Romano honors important Soviet dissident

Aug 5, 2008 - 11:05 am .- The L’Osservatore Romano paid homage this week to one of the most important Russian intellectuals and the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1970, Alexander Solzhenitsin, an Orthodox Christian who died on Sunday at the age of 89 and who survived the cruelty of the Russian concentration camps, or Gulags, where millions died. 

Build a civilization of love in the face of a culture of death, Cardinal Ouellet tells Knights

Aug 5, 2008 - 09:14 am .- As he opened the Knights of Columbus’ annual convention on Tuesday morning, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the Archbishop of Québec, called on the fraternal organization to react to the increasing secularization of society by more strongly promoting “a culture of life and a civilization of love.”

Pope Benedict working on draft encyclical during Bressanone vacation

Aug 5, 2008 - 03:48 am .- Pope Benedict XVI is continuing to vacation with his brother in the northern Italian town of Bressanone, where he is reportedly drafting a new encyclical.

Phillipines Catholics protest deal expanding autonomous region for Muslims

Aug 5, 2008 - 12:28 am .- Thousands of Catholics in two southern Philippines cities on Monday demonstrated against a government agreement granting Muslims more territory and political and economic powers. One critic characterized the deal as the building of a “Berlin Wall” in the country and another called it a “virtual declaration” of a new state.