Archive of September 12, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of September 12, 2008

Europe is founded on a search for God and a willingness to listen to him, Pope says

Sep 12, 2008 - 11:32 pm .- With an audience of Christian, Muslim and secular thinkers gathered at the College des Bernadines on Friday evening, Pope Benedict XVI shed light upon the foundations of Europe’s culture—the “search for God and the readiness to listen to him.”

Cardinal returns Order of Canada medal to the Canadian government

Sep 12, 2008 - 10:29 pm .- Another Order of Canada recipient is protesting the government’s decision to honor Canada’s “Father of Abortion” with the country’s most prestigious award.   In doing so, the Archbishop of Montreal, Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte has helped reignite Canada’s abortion debate as the country’s election season draws closer.

Website launched for 400th anniversary of devotion to Our Lady of Charity

Sep 12, 2008 - 07:31 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of Cuba has launched a new website dedicated to the 400th anniversary of the devotion to Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, the patroness of Cuba.  The website will provide information on the three-year preparation for the anniversary.

Priest assigned to Univeristy of Illinois Newman Center faces cocaine charges

Sep 12, 2008 - 06:02 pm .- A Catholic priest assigned to the Newman Center on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana faces criminal charges for allegedly selling and using cocaine for several months at his Newman Center office and at his nearby home.

Nothing can ever justify anti-Semitism, Pope affirms

Sep 12, 2008 - 05:06 pm .- This evening as Pope Benedict headed to the Collège des Bernardins to speak with cultural leaders, he met with a group of Jewish leaders and stressed the need for a closer relationship between the two faiths, while also condemning anti-Semitism as theologically unjustifiable.

Ecuador needs ‘public testimony of faith,’ says bishop

Sep 12, 2008 - 02:28 pm .- Auxiliary Bishop Marco Perez of Guayaquil said this that week an open-air Mass scheduled for this coming Sunday will be one of “profound prayer,” with no political overtones, because at this time Ecuador is in need of a “public testimony” of faith.

Bishop of Lourdes encourages faithful of the world to join in anniversary of apparitions

Sep 12, 2008 - 12:33 pm .- Bishop Jacques Perrier of Tarbes-Lourdes encouraged the faithful of the world to join in the jubilee for the 150th anniversary of the Marian Apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes, which Pope Benedict XVI will mark this weekend during his visit to the shrine dedicated to her.

Pope Benedict calls on France to make religion part of a new Europe

Sep 12, 2008 - 10:54 am .- Upon arriving in France on Friday afternoon, Pope Benedict XVI called on the French people to engage in a new level openness to the Church, one which recognizes the “irreplaceable role” of religion in forming consciences and in creating a “basic ethical consensus within society.”

Alaska Supreme Court bars hospital from halting woman’s life support

Sep 12, 2008 - 04:10 am .- The Alaska Supreme Court has issued an order forbidding a hospital from removing a woman’s life-support tubes, which would almost certainly end her life.

Archbishop encourages Masses and vigils for upcoming referendum

Sep 12, 2008 - 02:39 am .- Archbishop Raul Vela of Quito has encouraged priests and the faithful to celebrate the feast of the Holy Cross on September 14 by offering Masses and prayer vigils for the September 28 referendum on the country’s new constitution.  “When important decisions have to be made, we must resort to prayer,” he said.

Mexican bishops call for 'profound convictions' to confront crime

Sep 12, 2008 - 12:24 am .- The press office of the Bishops’ Conference of Mexico said this week that in addition to enforcing protective measures, society must have “profound convictions” to confront the wave of crime that is affecting the country.