Archive of August 29, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of August 29, 2008

Bolivian bishop calls on government and opposition leaders to engage in dialogue

Aug 29, 2008 - 11:05 pm .- The Secretary General of the Bolivian Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Jesus Juarez, called on both the government of Evo Morales and opposition leaders to seek sincere dialogue rather than confrontation to solve the country’s problems.

Indian cardinal calls for halt to violence against Christians

Aug 29, 2008 - 07:55 pm .- The Archbishop of Bombay and president of the Latin Rite Bishops of India, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, said this week that in light of the recent anti-Christian violence in the country, Catholics are devoted with greater earnestness to “prayer and to faith in the Cross of Jesus.” He also added that the roots of the violence need to be discovered...

Feminists for Life thrilled to see Sarah Palin as vice presidential nominee

Aug 29, 2008 - 06:15 pm .- This morning Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska was selected by Sen. John McCain to serve as his vice presidential nominee. Palin brings with her several unique credentials, but one of the most notable is that she is a proud member of Feminists for Life, according to the group’s president Serrin Foster.

Pay no attention to insults of Hugo Chavez, says Honduran bishop

Aug 29, 2008 - 02:36 pm .- Auxiliary Bishop Darwin Andino of Tegucigalpa said this week that little attention should be given to the insults spouted by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who is “a poor man who does not know how to measure his words.”

Conservative leaders react to McCain’s VP choice of pro-life Gov. Sarah Palin

Aug 29, 2008 - 12:55 pm .- Sen. John McCain’s pick of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin won praise from many commentators within the ambit of the Republican Party, but especially among pro-lifers. Praising Palin as “strongly pro-life,” speakers remarked that Palin’s decision to carry her Down’s syndrome child to term was an especially sharp contrast with Sen. Barack Obama’s opposition to legislation that would protect infants who survive abortions.

Franciscan monks savagely beaten at Italian monastery

Aug 29, 2008 - 11:46 am .- On Wednesday hooded attackers assaulted Franciscan monks at a monastery in the Alps foothills near Turin, leaving one priest severely injured and the three other victims hospitalized. The Archbishop of Turin, Cardinal Severino Poletto, called the attack “beyond comprehension” and only explicable if the attackers had been “either drugged or possessed, or both.”

Michelle Obama: Barack's abortion stand respects ‘sacred responsibility of parenthood’

Aug 29, 2008 - 10:02 am .- Michelle Obama, wife of proposed Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama, joined other Democratic leaders at the Women’s Caucus of the Democratic National Convention on Thursday, pledging to support female candidates, advocate policies in women’s interest, and preserve the legal status quo of permissive abortion laws.

Sen. Bob Casey, Jr. addresses Democrats for Life town hall meeting

Aug 29, 2008 - 05:02 am .- Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey, Jr., a pro-life Democrat, spoke to a town hall meeting sponsored by Democrats for Life in Denver on Wednesday. Praising Sen. Barack Obama for reaching out to those in disagreement with aspects of the Democratic Party platform, Casey outlined his own plan to support pregnant women “in crisis,” a plan he believes would reduce the number of abortions.

Human rights are not arbitrary, they are the fruit of natural law, says Vatican expert

Aug 29, 2008 - 03:39 am .- The undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Guzman Carriquiry Lecour, said in an address this week that human rights are based on natural law and that denying this truth opens the door to relativism.

By 2015, deaths will surpass births in the EU, study reveals

Aug 29, 2008 - 01:36 am .- Eurostat, the European Union’s statistical service, has released a report indicating that by the year 2015, deaths in the region will outnumber births, and that by the year 2060, for every person above the age of 65 there will only be two people of working age.