Archive of September 19, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of September 19, 2008

Brazilian cardinal says after abortion for anencephaly babies others could be next

Sep 19, 2008 - 11:28 pm .- The Archbishop of Sao Paulo, Cardinal Odilo Scherer asked Brazilians this week if the country’s Supreme Court legalizes abortion for babies with anencephaly, “what will be the next group ‘incompatible with life’ to be eliminated?”

Video shows abortion supporters harassing Catholics outside church

Sep 19, 2008 - 09:15 pm .- A video posted on put on full display the ferocity of abortion supporters who were participating in the National Meeting of Women in the Argentinean city of Neuquen last August. It shows them harassing and insulting a group of Catholic young people who were standing outside the Cathedral of Neuquen to keep the church safe from the protests.

Archdiocese of Caracas demands Venezuelan military return chapel

Sep 19, 2008 - 08:07 pm .- In a statement the Archdiocese of Caracas demanded that the government and the Venezuelan military return the Chapel of Jesus of the Divine Mercy, which was taken over by the military to train 8 to 14 year olds for the Army’s “Children and Young People’s Reserve Brigades.”

Dinner highlights plight of Iraqi Christians, honors Baghdad cardinal

Sep 19, 2008 - 06:00 pm .- The plight of Iraqi Christians in the chaotic wake of the war in Iraq has, in some places, become quite desperate. After meeting with two Chaldean bishops who explained the intensity of the situation, Deal Hudson decided to get the message out by honoring Cardinal Emmanuel Delly of Baghdad with the 2008 Partnership Award.

Vietnamese police beat AP reporter, begin to bulldoze former nunciature

Sep 19, 2008 - 04:24 pm .- Vietnamese Catholic demonstrators seeking the return of land confiscated by the communist government were the target of a forceful government response early Friday morning as hundreds of police surrounded the Archbishop of Hanoi’s residence, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, and the former papal nunciature.

Crime of euthanasia will always be immoral, warns Colombian cardinal

Sep 19, 2008 - 01:54 pm .- The Archbishop of Bogota, Cardinal Pedro Rubiano, defended the right to life of the terminally ill this week in response to legislation that would regulate euthanasia, a practice that “can never be morally illicit.”

Combat secularization with authentic love for Jesus, Pope tells Panama prelates

Sep 19, 2008 - 10:38 am .- During their “ad limina” visit today at the Vatican, bishops from the Episcopal Conference of Panama were encouraged by Pope Benedict to lead Catholics in becoming “authentic disciples of Christ” as the world becomes increasingly secularized.

Message from Vatican to Muslims calls for cooperation in defending the family

Sep 19, 2008 - 10:34 am .- Muslims around the world will soon be celebrating the end of Ramadan, the month during which they fast and devote themselves to more frequent worship and acts of charity. As it does every year, the Pontifical council for Inter-Religious Dialogue published its message, which urges Muslims to work with Christians in defense of the family.

Washington assisted suicide ballot push is part of national plan, critics claim

Sep 19, 2008 - 05:34 am .- Critics of a proposed assisted suicide initiative in Washington state have charged that it is part of a strategy to legalize assisted suicide throughout the country. Arguing that the passage of Initiative 1000, also called the “Washington Death with Dignity Act,” would make doctors into killers, they argue the bill lacks mental health safeguards and claim its adoption into law would also reverse longstanding beliefs that suicide is a tragedy.

New study shows parental involvement laws reduce abortions among minors

Sep 19, 2008 - 02:07 am .- The Family Research Council (FRC) on Thursday released a study on the effectiveness of different parental involvement laws in reducing abortions among minors. According to the study’s findings, when a state enacts a parental involvement law the abortion rate for minors falls by an average of about 13.6 percent.

Group asks American Airlines to install anti-porn filters for in-flight internet

Sep 19, 2008 - 12:45 am .- An organization called Girls Against Porn has sent a letter to American Airlines asking that the company filter pornographic sites from its in-flight internet service. Citing concerns for children and other passengers, the group warns that passengers who view pornography could create security risks and provoke lawsuits.