Archive of August 28, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of August 28, 2008

Democrats’ abortion platform out of touch with the country

Aug 28, 2008 - 10:25 pm .- The Democratic Party’s platform, leadership, and delegates stand far to the left of its rank-and-file members, according to a new paper released by Democrats for Life of America. This disparity, manifesting itself in the party’s 2008 platform and in polls and interviews with delegates, could harm the party electorally.

Indian bishops call for school closures to protest violence against Christians

Aug 28, 2008 - 08:13 pm .- The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India is protesting the recent violent attacks on Christians living in the region.  In an effort to promote peace, president of the bishops’ conference, Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil, has invited Catholic communities to hold protest rallies and to observe a day of fasting for peace and harmony within India.

Supreme Court in Mexico upholds law allowing abortion

Aug 28, 2008 - 04:41 pm .- Mexico’s Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of a law in Mexico City that allows abortion up to the twelfth week of pregnancy, in ruling called “historic” by abortion supporters who want the practice legalized throughout the country.

Pro-life Democratic politicians look to future after Casey convention speech

Aug 28, 2008 - 02:57 pm .- Speaking at the Democrats for Life town hall meeting in Denver on Wednesday, pro-life Democratic politicians praised Sen. Bob Casey, Jr.’s DNC floor speech and discussed what they saw as a growing openness to pro-lifers in the Democratic Party.

Democrats for Life speakers discuss abortion risks of domestic abuse, cancer, infertility

Aug 28, 2008 - 12:46 pm .- The Democrats for Life town hall meeting on Wednesday in Denver, in addition to policy proposals and cultural analysis, examined the consequences of abortion, naming the abortion-related risks of domestic violence, infertility, and cancer as reasons to advocate abortion reduction programs.

Costa Rican bishops reaffirm Church’s right to educate the faithful for public life

Aug 28, 2008 - 11:09 am .- In a new directive from the Bishops’ Conference of Costa Rica, the Church has reaffirmed her right to educate the faithful in moral and doctrinal questions so that when they intervene in public life, they do so in a way that is consistent with their faith.

Indian archbishop says extremists persecute Christians for helping the poor

Aug 28, 2008 - 10:50 am .- Archbishop Raphael Cheenath of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar in India said this week in response to the recent wave of violence against Christians by Hindu extremists that Christians, “especially Catholics, are persecuted above all because of our social efforts to help the poor.

DNC panelists plug immigration, living wage, prisoner rehabilitation as ‘faith issues’

Aug 28, 2008 - 03:20 am .- On Tuesday the Faith in Action Panel at the Democratic National Convention tried to claim the language of faith for the Democratic Party. Stressing the idea of the “common good,” panelists discussed how churches, the government, and “people of faith” can help address the problems concerning the living wage, education, immigration, and prisoner rehabilitation.

Pope appeals for end to attacks against Indian Christians

Aug 28, 2008 - 02:44 am .- Upon finishing his talk on St. Paul at today’s general audience in Vatican City on Wednesday, Pope Benedict turned his attention to the attacks against Christians in India. He appealed for an end to the violence and prayed that a return to peace would soon be restored.

Young African woman crawls 2.5 miles to attend Sunday Mass

Aug 28, 2008 - 01:42 am .- The Little Sisters of the Abandoned Elderly in Chissano (Mozambique) took into their home this week a 25 year-old African young girl named Olivia, who despite not being baptized at the time and not having any legs, crawled 2.5 miles every Sunday to attend Mass.