Archive of August 26, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of August 26, 2008

Archbishop urges Argentineans to protect the family and human life

Aug 26, 2008 - 11:09 pm .- Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata called on Argentineans this week to create “a true clamor” in response to the culture of death that has been moving to attack the innocent and destroy the fundamental roots of society in the legislative arena.

Obama receives ringing endorsement from Planned Parenthood Action Fund president

Aug 26, 2008 - 07:16 pm .- Cecile Richards, President of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, (PPAF) addressed the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday evening, extolling Sen. Barack Obama as the “right choice” and naming him as only the second presidential candidate endorsed by the PPAF. She also attacked Sen. John McCain, for his alleged indifference to women’s health ...

Mexican bishops: ‘Without the gift of life, it is not possible to exercise other rights’

Aug 26, 2008 - 06:04 pm .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Mexico, Bishop Carlos Aguiar Retes, appeared on Mexican television this week with a message in support of life, as the country’s Supreme Court prepares to rule on the constitutionality of the legalization of abortion in the capital.

Cardinal Egan joins criticism of Nancy Pelosi’s abortion remarks

Aug 26, 2008 - 03:37 pm .- Representative Nancy Pelosi has been a lightning rod for the ire of conservatives for some time, but now she has drawn fire of a different kind. Within the last 24 hours, the archbishops of Denver, New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C., along with Bishop William Lori have all publicly upbraided the Speaker of the House for her erroneous comments on the Church’s abortion teaching.  

Homosexual activists praise Obama at DNC’s LGBT Caucus

Aug 26, 2008 - 02:11 pm .- Several hundred Democratic National Convention delegates and observers gathered at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Caucus in Denver on Monday to discuss their political concerns and how to advance them. Focusing on the promotion of anti-discrimination laws and same-sex marriage, the delegates expressed a favorable attitude towards Sen. Barack Obama, and praised his support for many of their positions.

Impossible to be against violence but in favor of abortion, says Mexican cardinal

Aug 26, 2008 - 12:54 pm .- During his homily on Sunday, the Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera, said it was a contradiction to have a national accord against violence while at the same time legalizing abortion.  Mexico’s Supreme Court is expected to rule soon on whether or not a law legalizing abortion in the capital is constitutional. 

Holy See expresses support for Christians under attack in India

Aug 26, 2008 - 11:27 am .- The Catholic Church in India and other Christians have come under attack by suspected Hindu militants after a fundamentalist Hindu leader was killed last Saturday. The Holy See has reacted to the violence by expressing its solidarity with the Church and by calling on Catholics not to over-react to the attacks.

Pope to receive Ingrid Betancourt on September 1

Aug 26, 2008 - 11:26 am .- Vatican Radio reported this week that former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt will meet with Pope Benedict XVI at Castelgandolfo on September 1.  The news was announced in a statement from the family of Betancourt, who was recently rescued after six years as a hostage of the Marxist rebel group FARC.

Suspected Hindu militants burn orphanage, killing woman locked inside

Aug 26, 2008 - 06:02 am .- A laywoman was killed and a priest seriously injured in eastern India on Monday after suspected Hindu extremists set a Christian-run orphanage on fire.

Director of Vatican Stamp and Coin Office reveals 2005 interregnum stamp story

Aug 26, 2008 - 04:22 am .- The head of the Vatican Philatelic and Numismatic Office, Dr. Pier Paolo Francini, has revealed the story behind the stamps that were used at the Vatican during the interregnum period of 2005 after the death of Pope John Paul II.

NARAL president rails against McCain’s pro-life positions in DNC speech

Aug 26, 2008 - 03:24 am .- Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, delivered a speech at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Denver on Monday afternoon, saying DNC delegates will nominate Sen. Barack Obama as the “next pro-choice president of the United States.” Warning supporters of abortion that “reproductive freedom is on the line,” she claimed a McCain presidency could endanger permissive abortion laws in the U.S