Archive of August 27, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of August 27, 2008

Abortion on the podium: Casey makes passing reference to abortion as Democrats avoid issue

Aug 27, 2008 - 09:05 pm .- Sixteen years after his father was denied a place on the podium of the Democratic National Convention, pro-life Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania addressed delegates in Boston, and, in an address on the economy, referred to his opposition to abortion—the very position the elder Casey says got him barred from speaking in 1992.

Pelosi defends comments on beginning of life as more bishops warn against them

Aug 27, 2008 - 06:55 pm .- Bishop Samuel Aquila of Fargo, North Dakota has joined several other U.S. Catholic bishops in refuting Nancy Pelosi’s recent comments that confuse the Church’s teachings about when life begins and abortion. Rep. Pelosi, meanwhile, said through her spokesman that she stands by her comments.

Church in Ecuador places posters against abortion in all parishes throughout country

Aug 27, 2008 - 04:33 pm .- The Church in Ecuador has placed posters in parishes throughout the country in support of life and against the possibility of legalizing abortion through the new Constitution, which will be subject to a national vote in September.

DNC panel considers future of faith-based initiatives

Aug 27, 2008 - 02:04 pm .- Whether and how to continue the faith-based initiatives begun by President George W. Bush were among the topics of discussion Tuesday at the Faith in Action Panel at the Democratic National Conventionin Denver.

Christians should imitate St. Paul's passion for evangelizing, says Pope Benedict

Aug 27, 2008 - 12:21 pm .- During today's general audience in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about the life of St. Paul. Recounting that the Church honors the great missionary in a special way this year, the Holy Father said that Catholics should emulate Paul by sparing no energy and enduring trials for the sake of the Gospel.

Youngest premature baby born 15 ounces developing normally in Mexico

Aug 27, 2008 - 11:28 am .- Shiryu Juárez Medina was born on May 29 in Mexico City at 23 weeks, weighing 15 ounces. He overcame numerous obstacles and with the assistance of specialists and the love of his family he will leave the hospital in a few days, having become the youngest premature baby in the world.

Anti-Christian violence will not make the Church renounce dialogue, says Nuncio to India

Aug 27, 2008 - 10:32 am .- The Apostolic Nuncio to India, Archbishop Pedro Lopez Quintana, said this week that, “Fundamentalist violence and hatred will not make the Church renounce dialogue, since there is no lack of enthusiasm among us for manifesting the love of God everywhere, especially for the poor.”

Catholic Latino leaders challenged to help change American society

Aug 27, 2008 - 05:22 am .- The Catholic Association of Latino Leaders met last weekend to discuss the theme, “Keeping and Transmitting Our Values in the 21st Century.”  Speakers, such as Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, and Archbishop of San Antonio, Jose H. Gomez challenged conference participants to live as virtuous leaders and help change American society with the truth of Christ.

DNC faith panelists seek ‘common ground’ to reduce abortion numbers

Aug 27, 2008 - 03:18 am .- Attempting to find “common ground on abortion,” former Indiana U.S. Representative Timothy Roemer, a pro-life Catholic Democrat, and Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlewaite, a pro-choice Democrat and president of the United Church of Christ-affiliated Chicago Theological Seminary, spoke on the “Faith in Action” panel at the Democratic National Convention in Denver on Tuesday.

Why Douglas Kmiec and other Catholics support Obama

Aug 27, 2008 - 01:19 am .- Barack Obama’s message of healing our cultural wounds and stressing all men’s duty to their brothers gives him a stronger appeal to Catholics than any recent Democratic nominee for President. But in the eyes of some conservative Catholics and pro-lifers, Obama’s extreme position on abortion makes him the most objectionable recent major party nominee.