Archive of August 7, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of August 7, 2008

Christian group detained twice in Beijing after human rights, pro-life protests

Aug 7, 2008 - 08:31 pm .- As the opening of the Olympic Games nears, three Christian activists protesting on behalf of religious freedom and human rights were dragged from Tiananmen Square and detained in Beijing on Thursday, marking the second incident in which the group was detained.

Catholics to make 57-mile pilgrimage to Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa

Aug 7, 2008 - 05:06 pm .- On Thursday morning American Catholics began their version of a centuries-old Polish pilgrimage with a 6 am Mass in Great Meadows in northwest New Jersey. Their four-day walk of penance, song and prayer is destined for the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

Oslo researchers confirm link between abortion and depression

Aug 7, 2008 - 04:51 pm .- A study conducted by researchers from the University of Oslo, Blinderen in Norway confirmed that women who have abortions in their 20s have a greater chance of experiencing depression.

Italian clergy to use inflatable church to minister to beachgoers

Aug 7, 2008 - 04:00 pm .- Catholic nuns and priests in Italy have established a 98-foot-long inflatable church and a beach-convent to minister to vacationing beachgoers. Activities at the two movable venues will include opportunities to confess sins and to pray the Rosary, but not Mass.

Popular Sri Lankan Catholic festival canceled due to government-rebel fighting

Aug 7, 2008 - 03:54 pm .- A popular annual festival at a historic Catholic church near the front lines of Sri Lanka’s civil war has been canceled because the government and Tamil rebels will not recognize the area as a peace zone.

Cardinal Re recalls testimony and fruitful legacy of Paul VI

Aug 7, 2008 - 03:02 pm .- The prefect for the Congregation for Bishops, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, presided at a Mass today at St. Peter’s Basilica, marking the 30th anniversary of the passing of Pope Paul VI during which he recalled the “prophetic magisterium, the testimony and the fruitful legacy of Pope Montini.”

Wichita priest to bring new spiritual direction to the diocesan Spiritual Life Center

Aug 7, 2008 - 08:59 am .- God’s voice isn’t always easy to recognize, especially when it comes in a whisper, or in the form of silence. That’s when a second, trained pair of ears, like Father Kent Hemberger’s, can help.

Holy Land conflict needs courageous leaders and gestures, says new patriarch

Aug 7, 2008 - 08:38 am .- Just five weeks after being installed as the new Patriarch of the Latin Church in Jerusalem, His Beatitude Fouad Twal described his experience to CNA as the “top of happiness.” At the same time, he also said that the complex conflict in the Holy Land requires courageous leaders to forge a new mentality of peace in the region, leaders he is still waiting for.

Despite protests, Dr. Dobson to remain National Radio Hall of Fame nominee

Aug 7, 2008 - 04:55 am .- The National Radio Hall of Fame (NRHF) has refused to remove Dr. James Dobson from its list of Hall of Fame nominees despite pressure from a group of homosexual activists.

Obama’s Christianity doubtful because of abortion stand, Star Parker says

Aug 7, 2008 - 01:49 am .- Star Parker, a black conservative author and activist, has said presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama’s insistence that he is a Christian should be questioned because of his “disregard and disrespect for human life” as evidenced by his support for abortion.

Pope Benedict asks China to 'open up' to the Gospel

Aug 7, 2008 - 12:21 am .- Speaking from the town of Oies, the birthplace of a canonized Italian missionary to China, Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday said China is growing in international importance but must also “open up” to Christ.