Archive of September 18, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of September 18, 2008

Anencephaly babies are living beings, says Brazilian doctor

Sep 18, 2008 - 11:08 pm .- Brazilian gynecologist and obstetrician Elizabeth Kipman Cerqueira defended the pro-life position before the country’s Supreme Court this week arguing that while babies with anencephaly have a short life, “they are living beings” who should be allowed to be born.

Microsoft and Google pull sex selection product ads after India complaint

Sep 18, 2008 - 10:42 pm .- Following threats of legal action, the internet search giants Microsoft and Google have pulled advertisements for sex determination products and other services illegal in India. Because of cultural traditions, many Indians prefer boys to girls and selectively abort unborn children shown to be female.

Presidential candidates to attend dinner hosted by New York cardinal

Sep 18, 2008 - 08:03 pm .- Presidential nominees John McCain and Barack Obama will have a unique opportunity next month to showcase their humor and personalities.  The two senators are slated to be co-guest speakers at the 63rd annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York.

Ray Flynn hospitalized after collapsing at Boston-area Theology on Tap event

Sep 18, 2008 - 07:31 pm .- Ray Flynn, former Boston mayor and former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, was hospitalized Wednesday night after collapsing at a “Theology on Tap” speaking engagement at a Quincy, Massachusetts tavern.

Schools should facilitate conscientious objection to Socialist course, Cardinal Rouco says

Sep 18, 2008 - 06:26 pm .- The Archbishop of Madrid, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, together with two other Spanish bishops, is calling on schools to facilitate conscientious objection to the controversial school course Education for Citizenship.

All sectors of society must help bring reconciliation to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Pope says

Sep 18, 2008 - 05:35 pm .- This morning at his Castel Gandolfo summer residence, Benedict XVI received Jasna Krivosic-Prpic, the new ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Holy See. Speaking to the ambassador, the Pope encouraged every effort to be made at bringing peace to the region, which has been torn by ethnic strife.

Spain has lost two million young people in last 20 years

Sep 18, 2008 - 04:17 pm .- The president of the Institute for Family Policy in Spain, Eduardo Hertfelder, is warning that Spain has entered “an unprecedented demographic winter” due to the loss of two million young people over the last 20 years.

Peruvian cardinal calls for family-friendly legislation

Sep 18, 2008 - 01:23 pm .- The Archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, renewed calls this week for “legislation that respects the human nature of the family” and said a home centered on the cross is a home that is strong, united and stable.

Strong condemnation by Mexican bishops of terrorist attack in Morelia

Sep 18, 2008 - 10:47 am .- The bishops of Mexico have strongly condemned a terrorist attack that took place in the city of Morelia this week and left seven people dead and over one hundred wounded.

Pope Benedict praises symposium on Pius XII for uncovering the historic truth

Sep 18, 2008 - 10:40 am .- Pope Pius XII, has drawn the interest and scrutiny of many people over the last few decades, but as Pope Benedict XVI spoke to the Pave the Way Foundation at Castel Gandolfo today, he highlighted that previous investigation into the late Pope’s efforts to save Jews from the Nazis and fascists have been biased.

Web site to host English-language version of Roman Martyrology

Sep 18, 2008 - 05:22 am .- A complete version of the Roman Martyrology, the Vatican’s list of all the canonized saints and blesseds, will soon be launched as a searchable database on

Leading U.S. bishops invite presidential candidates to meet for discussion

Sep 18, 2008 - 03:01 am .- Leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have invited both major party presidential candidates to meet with them before the election, reportedly to discuss social issues. The bishops who would attend any such meeting are chairmen of USCCB committees on pro-life issues, education, migration, international affairs and communications.

Vietnamese media exposed for inventing critics of Catholic demonstrations

Sep 18, 2008 - 02:19 am .- Vietnamese state media reports targeting Catholics who are demonstrating for the return of confiscated church properties have been exposed for inventing false Catholic critics of the protesters. They have even gone so far as to name a man who has been dead for several years as a detractor.

U.S. presidential candidates weigh in on embryonic stem cell research

Sep 18, 2008 - 12:13 am .- Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain, the respective Democratic and Republican presidential nominees, explained their stands on embryonic stem cell research in a Monday interview with Both candidates reiterated their support for funding embryonic stem cell research, while Sen. McCain clarified that he does not support funding research that deliberately creates embryos for destructive cell harvesting.