Archive of August 12, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of August 12, 2008

Kansas City archbishop analyzes Church’s role in public debate, Catholic politicians

Aug 12, 2008 - 11:37 pm .- Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas recently sat down with CNA to talk about his assessment of the involvement of American Catholics in the public forum. According to the archbishop, it’s “very, very critical for Catholics” to become more engaged as citizens, given the societal climate.

Malaysia government warns Christian weekly for allegedly denigrating Islam

Aug 12, 2008 - 08:28 pm .- The government of the predominantly Muslim country of Malaysia has accused The Herald, a Christian weekly newspaper, of violating publication rules by running articles considered political and insulting to Islam.

Christian businessmen convene massive rosary to pray for future of Ecuador

Aug 12, 2008 - 07:29 pm .- The Christian Association of Business of Ecuador has convened a massive rosary for August 15, the feast of the Assumption of Mary, to pray to the Mother of God for the future of Ecuador as the country prepares to vote on a new Constitution.

Paya calls on Cuban exiles to fight for their fellow countrymen

Aug 12, 2008 - 06:03 pm .-  The national coordinator of the Christian Life Movement, Oswaldo Paya, has called on Cubans exiles to show their solidarity with those who remain in the Cuba and to demand respect for human rights.

Death penalty in Mexico is step backwards in human rights, Catholic lawyers warn

Aug 12, 2008 - 02:11 pm .- The president of the College of Catholic Lawyers in Mexico, Armando Martinez, warned this week that implementing the death penalty in the country would constitute a step backwards in the area of human rights and said a better alternative would be to impose life sentences.

Bishop refutes inaccurate article on Catholics voting with their conscience

Aug 12, 2008 - 11:48 am .- The Bishop of Trenton, New Jersey, has responded to an article in the Times of Trenton entitled, “U.S. bishops: Vote your conscience.”  In his response, Bishop Smith states that the article trivialized “the issues and voting choices facing Catholics this year,” and failed to provide the readers with an adequate understanding of the U.S. bishops’ document, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.”

Panamanians reject graphic sexuality campaign in family park

Aug 12, 2008 - 10:38 am .- The newspaper El Panama America reported that many Panamanians are upset about the installation of a so-called “Tunnel of Sexuality”—decorated with enormous figures of masculine and female genital organs—in one of the parks most visited by local families.

Caritas Internationalis joins Pope Benedict in calls for peace in Georgia

Aug 12, 2008 - 06:14 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has urged Russia and Georgia to end hostilities immediately and begin negotiations, appealing to their “common Christian heritage.”

California court reverses anti-homeschooling decision

Aug 12, 2008 - 03:41 am .- By a 3-0 decision the California Court of Appeals for the Second Appellate District has reversed its earlier ruling that would have required homeschooling parents to be certified teachers in order to homeschool in California.

Hawaii Catholics plan new church dedicated to Father Damien

Aug 12, 2008 - 02:30 am .- A new Catholic church dedicated to Blessed Father Damien De Veuster is being planned in Hawaii following news that the Vatican has attributed a second miracle to the priest who ministered to Hawaiian lepers.