Archive of August 19, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of August 19, 2008

Pro-life Republicans: McCain seriously considering pro-choice VP

Aug 19, 2008 - 10:45 pm .- The Republican National Coalition for Life is calling on voters to contact the McCain Campaign to encourage them to select a pro-life vice-presidential candidate.

Bishops of Ecuador ratify statement on new Constitution

Aug 19, 2008 - 09:09 pm .- Yesterday, the Bishops’ Conference of Ecuador unanimously voiced support for their statement from July 28 in which they questioned the controversial new Constitution being promoted by President Rafael Correa.  The new Constitution does not guarantee the right to life from the moment of conception, attacks the family and the rights of parents to educate their children according to their own convictions.

Major parties’ presidential nominees to announce running mates soon

Aug 19, 2008 - 07:10 pm .- Presumptive Republican nominee and Arizona Sen. John McCain will reportedly announce his running mate pick on August 29, his 72nd birthday, at a rally in Dayton, Ohio, UPI reports.

California Supreme Court rules against doctors who declined to inseminate lesbian

Aug 19, 2008 - 05:16 pm .- In a unanimous ruling that could have wide-ranging effects on the free exercise of conscience and the progress of homosexual activism, the California Supreme Court on Monday ruled against two doctors who declined to artificially inseminate a lesbian because they strongly believe children should be raised by a mother and a father.

Bishops announce Novena for Faithful Citizenship, to be prayed before November elections

Aug 19, 2008 - 04:27 pm .- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is encouraging Catholics across America to pray a novena for life, justice, and peace called ‘Novena for Faithful Citizenship’ before the elections in November.

Memorial Mass honoring Servant of God, Vincent R. Capodanno to be held next month

Aug 19, 2008 - 03:42 pm .- A memorial Mass for Father Vincent R. Capodanno, U.S. Navy Chaplain will be celebrated September 4 to commemorate his 1967 Vietnam battlefield death while administrating the sacraments to the dying 1st Battalion; 5th Division Marines.

Catholic schools must strive to form saints, says bishop

Aug 19, 2008 - 12:50 pm .- In his column in the Catholic Key, Bishop Robert W. Finn from the Diocese of Kansas City–St. Joseph emphasized that “Catholic schools exist for a supernatural purpose:” to assist students in developing virtue on their path to ‘eternal salvation.’ 

Parents of St. Therese of Lisieux to be beatified in France

Aug 19, 2008 - 12:01 pm .- Today Pope Benedict XVI approved the rite of beatification for the parents of St. Theresa of Lisieux, Louis Martin and Marie Celine Guerin.  They will be beatified on October 19 in Lisieux, France.

L'Osservatore Romano: Death of Bishop Egger is loss for Synod on the Bible

Aug 19, 2008 - 11:05 am .- The L'Osservatore Romano (LOR) published an article this week noting that the unexpected passing of Bishop Wilhelm Emil Egger of Bolzano-Bressanone, where Pope Benedict XVI recently spent his vacation, is “a loss for the Synod on the Bible” which will be held on October.  An expert in Sacred Scripture, Bishop Egger had been named special secretary for the event.

Three Mexican brothers ordained in historic ceremony

Aug 19, 2008 - 10:12 am .- Three Mexican brothers, Alberto, Jesus and Andres Garcia Gutierrez, were ordained to the priesthood by the Archbishop of Guadalajara, Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez, in an historic celebration for their archdiocese.

Catholics who support abortion should not receive Communion, says Archbishop Burke

Aug 19, 2008 - 10:00 am .- The prefect of the Apostolic Signature, Archbishop Raymond Burke, said this week that Catholics, especially politicians, who publically defend abortion should not receive Communion, and that ministers of Communion should be responsibly charitable in denying it to them if they ask for it, “until they have reformed their lives.”

‘Plight of Iraqi Christians’ to be honored at dinner

Aug 19, 2008 - 05:00 am .- Next month, will honor Cardinal Mar Emmanuel III Delly, Archbishop of Baghdad and recognize the struggle of Iraqi Christians at its 13th Annual Partnership Dinner.

Most religious believers don’t think discovery of alien life would threaten their faith

Aug 19, 2008 - 04:00 am .- While some news writers and commentators from scientific backgrounds presume that the discovery of extra-terrestrial intelligence (ETI) would undermine religion and religious belief, a new study reports that most religious believers do not think such a novel discovery would shake their faith.

Researcher to re-examine radiocarbon dating of the Shroud of Turin

Aug 19, 2008 - 03:00 am .- The Shroud of Turin Center in Colorado Springs is preparing linen samples similar to the materials used in the Shroud of Turin in an attempt to determine whether or not the carbon dating tests of the shroud could have been skewed by contamination from atmospheric carbon monoxide.

Bishops encourage Nicaraguans to participate in ‘public life’

Aug 19, 2008 - 01:00 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Nicaragua has published a statement in light of the upcoming local elections warning the citizens of “shadows” falling upon the society and also encouraging Catholics to responsibly participate in public life.