Archive of August 21, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of August 21, 2008

Bishop of Rhode Island requests a halt on immigration raids

Aug 21, 2008 - 11:10 pm .- On Tuesday, the Bishop of Providence of Rhode Island sent a letter to U.S. authorities asking them to “declare a moratorium on immigrations raids in the State of Rhode Island, until our nation can implement a comprehensive and just reform of our immigration laws.”

Infants’ organs removed before meeting criteria for brain death

Aug 21, 2008 - 08:53 pm .- A new report reveals that doctors removed dying infants’ hearts from their bodies just minutes after the hearts stopped beating so the organs could be transplanted. While the doctors, who carried out the procedures with familial consent, argue that the legal and ethical definition of death is flawed, the infants did not meet criteria for brain death. .

Australian woman dies from taking ‘the Pill’

Aug 21, 2008 - 07:07 pm .- The death of an Australian woman is being blamed on her use of oral contraceptives, which were recommended as part of her acne treatment.

Advocacy group seeks injunction against Federal Election Commission for its new Obama ad

Aug 21, 2008 - 05:47 pm .- The advocacy group, The Real Truth About Obama, Inc., filed a motion to seek an injunction against the Federal Election Commission and the Department of Justice to permit the broadcast of a new ad accusing Barack Obama of lying about his voting record on abortion.

Bishop of Beijing says Chinese Catholics ‘strongly hope’ for papal visit

Aug 21, 2008 - 05:11 pm .- Joseph Li Shan, Bishop of Beijing, speaking in a Wednesday interview with an Italian television station, said China’s relations with the Vatican were improving and expressed hopes that Pope Benedict XVI could visit China. In response, the Vatican said the invitation was “very positive and encouraging,” but also “premature for now.”

Bishops of Ecuador remain firm on position regarding new Constitution

Aug 21, 2008 - 03:04 pm .- A spokesman from the Bishops’ Conference of Ecuador said this week that the bishops will not change their position regarding the country’s new Constitution, which will be the subject of a national referendum.  They also explained that the Church is not meddling in politics but rather promoting the defense of human life.

WYD Sydney's success is principally religious, says Cardinal Pell

Aug 21, 2008 - 03:02 pm .- One month after the end of World Youth Day in Australia, the Archbishop Sydney, Cardinal George Pell underscored that the success of the event is not only related to the numbers of those who attended, but above all to the spiritual and religious fruits that were achieved.

Caritas Italy collecting aid for victims of conflict in Georgia

Aug 21, 2008 - 12:19 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of Italy has tasked Caritas with organizing two days of prayer and solidarity for the victims of the conflict in Georgia, particularly for the people of South Ossetia, on the Sundays of August 24 and 31.  The funds raised will be used to help with reconstruction in the country.

Pope prays for victims and families of tragic Spanair crash in Madrid.

Aug 21, 2008 - 12:00 pm .- The Holy Father sent a telegram to Cardinal Antonio María Rouco Varela, Archbishop of Madrid and President of the Spanish Episcopal Conference, in which he expressed his condolences and offered prayers of support for the victims and families of the Spanair jetliner accident which occurred yesterday at the Barajas Airport in Madrid.

Spanish bishops express regret over tragic plane crash in Madrid

Aug 21, 2008 - 10:41 am .- The Archbishop of Madrid and president of the Spanish Bishops’ Conference, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, expressed the profound condolences of the country’s bishops over the air tragedy in Madrid that took the lives of 153 people on Wednesday.

Bishops praise freedom, creativity, and workers’ rights in Labor Day statement

Aug 21, 2008 - 06:51 am .- The U.S. Catholic bishops have issued their 2008 Labor Day statement in which they address Catholic social teaching and defend workers’ rights, calling for “renewed vigor as we seek to build together a society that cares for its own, reaches out to the poor and vulnerable, and offers true hope to all.”

Is Obama the 'man his multi-million dollar media campaign portrays him as?’

Aug 21, 2008 - 06:00 am .- The recent exposure of Sen. Barack Obama’s false representation concerning his opposition to the Born Alive Infants Protection Act has focused attention upon the candidate and his positions which are well-documented in David Freddoso’s book, “The Case Against Barack Obama.”

Critics attack Obama’s ‘condescending’ remarks about Justice Clarence Thomas

Aug 21, 2008 - 04:50 am .- Sen. Barack Obama’s weekend remarks demeaning the quality of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ jurisprudence and legal thought brought harsh criticism from defenders of Thomas this week.

Honduran congress considers measure to strengthen the family

Aug 21, 2008 - 03:04 am .- The president of the Honduran Congress, Roberto Micheletti, has put forth a proposal calling for the creation of a law that would strengthen the family, in an initiative that is coinciding with the “Month of the Family” in Honduras.

Census report shows more childless women, smaller family sizes

Aug 21, 2008 - 01:11 am .- A new Census Bureau report shows that more women in their 40s are childless, while those who are having children are having fewer than ever before. The same report, released on Monday, shows that more than 28 percent of children born in the year preceding the 2006 survey were born to mothers who had never been married.

Six new cases for sainthood under consideration by Archdiocese of Guadalajara

Aug 21, 2008 - 12:01 am .- The newspaper of the Archdiocese of Guadalajara, Mexico reported this week that Auxiliary Bishop Jose Trinidad Gonzalez has confirmed that the archdiocese is studying the lives of six persons who could be added to the list of Mexican saints in the near future.