Archive of September 3, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of September 3, 2008

U.S. bishops release fact sheet summarizing Church’s constant condemnation of abortion

Sep 3, 2008 - 11:09 pm .- Following last week’s remarks by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claiming that Church teaching on the sinfulness of abortion has changed, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities has issued a two-page fact sheet called “Respect for Unborn Human Life: The Church’s Constant Teaching” to explain that it has not.

Iraqi media ignore kidnapping of Christians, archbishop says

Sep 3, 2008 - 10:33 pm .- Archbishop Jean Benjamin Sleiman of Baghdad has denounced Iraqi media and government officials for ignoring the numerous cases of Christians being kidnapped, which he said are motivated primarily by Islamic extremism.

Archbishop Chaput to mark 100 years of campus ministry at University of Colorado

Sep 3, 2008 - 08:17 pm .- Archbishop of Denver Charles J. Chaput and his auxiliary Bishop James D. Conley are scheduled to celebrate an open-air Mass at the University of Colorado at Boulder on Sunday to mark the one-hundredth anniversary of Catholic campus ministry at the school. Over two thousand people are expected to attend the noon Mass...

Christian converts being forced to renounce faith and then destroy churches

Sep 3, 2008 - 07:08 pm .- Contrary to an earlier report by Fides, the outbreak of anti-Christian violence in India is not lessening. Some Christian converts victimized by extremist Hindu attacks in the Indian state of Orissa are now being forced to return to Hinduism and attack their Christian churches. The violence has prompted Sister Nirmala, head of the Missionaries of Charity...

Italian bishops set aside day to fast and pray for Christians in India

Sep 3, 2008 - 05:16 pm .- The Italian Bishops’ Conference is inviting all Italian dioceses to join in a day of prayer and fasting on Friday, September 5, for an end to the anti-Christian violence in India.

Christians in Pakistan live in fear and constant threat

Sep 3, 2008 - 02:51 pm .- The secretary of the Catholic Biblical Commission of Pakistan and pastor in Lahore, Father Emmanuel Asi, explained this week that Christians in the country are considered to be part of the lowest level of society. Consequently, they are persecuted, exploited in the work place and discriminated against in a nation that is 95% Muslim.  Despite the difficulties, he explained, they still live with hope.

Archdiocese of Mexico City: Society that loses respect for life loses everything

Sep 3, 2008 - 01:19 pm .- In a recent editorial, the News Service of the Archdiocese of Mexico City (SIAME) denounced the ruling the country’s Supreme Court upholding the law on abortion in the Mexican capital and warning that the society “that has lost respect for life has lost everything.”

Biographer of Cardinal Newman answers calumnies of homosexual lobby

Sep 3, 2008 - 10:55 am .- Ian Ker, an expert biographer of English convert Cardinal John Henry Newman, answered the calumnies leveled against the Servant of God in recent weeks by the homosexual lobby, saying he was buried in the tomb of the Father Ambrose St. John because that was his desire and that the two enjoyed a close friendship.

Christianity is a personal encounter with Jesus, not a 'new morality,' says Benedict XVI

Sep 3, 2008 - 10:20 am .- Speaking to the pilgrims gathered at the Paul VI Hall this morning, Pope Benedict turned his attention to the conversion of St. Paul, which he said shows us that Christianity is not “a new philosophy or a new form of morality,” but an encounter with the person of Christ, an event that ignites a personal relationship with Him.

‘Yahweh’ not to be used in liturgy, songs and prayers, Cardinal Arinze says

Sep 3, 2008 - 05:30 am .- The Hebrew name for God is not to be used or pronounced in liturgical celebrations, songs and prayers, Cardinal Francis Arinze, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, has said in a letter addressed to the bishops’ conferences of the world.

Gainesville petition to overturn ‘bizarre’ bathroom law makes the ballot

Sep 3, 2008 - 03:56 am .- A successful petition drive by a Gainesville, Florida civic group will place a Charter Amendment on the March 2009 ballot to revoke a Gainesville City Council decision legalizing the use of opposite-sex bathrooms by men who perceive themselves as women and vice versa.

Pro-life groups laud vice-presidential candidate’s support for pregnant daughter

Sep 3, 2008 - 01:01 am .- Pro-life groups are praising prospective Republican vice-presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin and her family for supporting their unmarried teenage daughter in her pregnancy.