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

Struggle against violence in Mexico demands profound measures

Aug 20, 2008 - 11:13 pm .- This week the Archdiocese of Mexico City called on its citizens to make their voices heard regarding the city’s increase in violence and corruption.  Officials, the archdiocese said, must “address the root of the problem” by demanding attention to education, values and respect for others.

Woman without hands or legs discovers ‘true joy’ after converting to Catholicism

Aug 20, 2008 - 09:03 pm .- Lucia Otgongerel was born in Mongolia 30 years ago without hands or legs.  She lived in a deep depression until 2002 when she converted to Catholicism and, as she explains, discovered “true joy.”  Today she works in the capital city of Mongolia, Ulan Bator, as a teacher for seven children with special needs.

Bishop of Lancaster calls for ‘passionate and courageous’ witness in face of secularism

Aug 20, 2008 - 07:07 pm .- The Catholic Bishop of Lancaster Patrick O'Donohue has criticized his fellow bishops of England and Wales for their weak responses to modern crises, especially those produced by issues like secularism and homosexual adoption.

Sen. John McCain has ruled out pro-choice running mate, reports say

Aug 20, 2008 - 05:13 pm .- Contradicting earlier reports that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain was considering a running mate supportive of legalized abortion, new reports claim the candidate is no longer contemplating choosing pro-choice former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge.

Knights of Columbus contributes $1 million to Prop 8 campaign

Aug 20, 2008 - 01:22 pm .- Proposition 8, the ballot initiative to protect marriage, has announced that it has received a $1 million contribution from the Knights of Columbus, the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization.

Seminarians immerse themselves in parish life

Aug 20, 2008 - 12:05 pm .- Deacon Will Schmid stood at the ambo in St. Mary Parish and preached on the feast of St. Martha. She was a friend of Jesus who had Him over for a visit with her sister Mary.

We must ‘cultivate knowledge and devotion to the saints,’ Holy Father exhorts

Aug 20, 2008 - 10:26 am .- During today’s general audience in the courtyard of the Apostolic Palace in Castel Gandolfo, Pope Benedict XVI recalled the saints and feasts the liturgical calendar celebrates this week and the next.

Hindu extremists kill priest for being Christian and helping the poor

Aug 20, 2008 - 09:56 am .- This week, Archbishop Marampudi Joji Hyderabad of India said that Hindu extremists who murdered Carmelite priest of Mary Immaculate, Father Thomas Pandippally, carried out the act for three reasons: “because he was religious, because he was Christian and because he was charitable to the poor.”

Obama misrepresents ‘extreme’ record of opposing protections for born-alive infants, McCain campaign charges

Aug 20, 2008 - 07:06 am .- A spokesman for Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign has charged Sen. Barack Obama with misrepresenting his “extreme record” on abortion after the Obama campaign changed its explanation for the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s opposition to an Illinois bill that would have protected infants who survive abortions.

Democratic Convention’s non-invitation of Archbishop Chaput an “insult,” Democrat says

Aug 20, 2008 - 03:05 am .- Archbishop of Denver Charles J. Chaput was not invited to pray or speak at the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, in what former Boston mayor Ray Flynn called a “serious oversight” and an “insult” to the values of pro-life Catholics.

Abortion is a crime and no one has “right” to have one, says Guatemalan cardinal

Aug 20, 2008 - 01:04 am .- The Archbishop of Guatemala City, Cardinal Rodolfo Quezada Toruno, said this week that abortion is a crime and the murder of an innocent human being.  Nobody has a “right” to get one, he stated while nothing thatall Guatemalans must defend life from conception to natural death.