Archive of October 1, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of October 1, 2008

Christian woman killed in India as anti-Christian violence continues

Oct 1, 2008 - 11:37 pm .- Another Christian woman was killed and 300 more houses were burned down in anti-Christian violence in the India state of Orissa on Wednesday. Her death brings to 60 the number of Christians who have been killed by Hindu extremists since August 23, with 18,000 people injured and over 50,000 people having fled their homes.

Cardinal Canizares calls on Catholic schools to teach socialist course in conformity with Church doctrine

Oct 1, 2008 - 09:07 pm .- The Archbishop of Toledo, Cardinal Antonio Canizares, has sent a letter to the administrators, teachers, parents and students of the archdiocese’s Catholic schools instructing them that the controversial course Education for Citizenship cannot be taught in its current form and must be adapted to Church teaching.

Accusations by Chavez show lack of credibility, says Venezuelan archbishop

Oct 1, 2008 - 08:02 pm .- Archbishop Baltazar Porras lamented the recent insults and accusations leveled by officials of the Hugo Chavez government against certain individuals and institutions and said they revealed a lack of credibility.

Family members deplore filmmaker’s distortion of girl under consideration for sainthood

Oct 1, 2008 - 07:22 pm .- The siblings of Alexia Gonzalez-Barros y Gonzalez, whose cause of beatification is underway, have sent a letter to Spanish filmmaker Javier Fesser protesting the distortion of the girl’s history and her family’s attitude in response to her death in 1985.

Bishops of India call on government to respond to anti-Christian violence

Oct 1, 2008 - 05:59 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of India issued a statement this week denouncing the anti-Christian violence that has swept the country and calling on the government to take greater steps to ensure the safety of all believers.

Brazilian bishop affirms chastity as a means of perfecting the human person

Oct 1, 2008 - 04:16 pm .- Auxiliary Bishop Antonio Dias Duarte of Rio de Janeiro said this week during an international congress on sexuality that the virtue of chastity is “the positive integration of the sexuality of the person” and that spouses are chaste in the measure in which they respect each other and are faithful to their marital commitment.

Bronze angel disappears from Padre Pio center; police search for leads

Oct 1, 2008 - 03:19 pm .- Pennsylvania police are investigating the disappearance of a 1,200 pound bronze angel that was reportedly stolen from the grounds of the National Centre for Padre Pio last week.  While officers have continued to search, no concrete leads have been found.

‘Bella’ star joins 40 Days for Life vigil at L.A. abortion clinic

Oct 1, 2008 - 12:47 pm .- Eduardo Verastegui, the Mexican actor who starred in the movie “Bella,” joined pro-life sidewalk counselors and prayerful demonstrators at a Los Angeles abortion clinic on Saturday as he counseled women to turn away from aborting their unborn children.

Benedict XVI encourages the faithful to be open to the Truth of the Gospel

Oct 1, 2008 - 10:54 am .- Continuing his reflections on St. Paul, Pope Benedict XVI dedicated today's audience to two episodes that demonstrate Paul's respect and freedom in his relations with Peter and the other Apostles. The Holy Father reminded the faithful that only sincere dialogue, open to the truth of the Gospel, was able to guide the Church's way.

Pope Benedict’s prayer intentions for October published

Oct 1, 2008 - 09:39 am .- This morning Pope Benedict XVI’s prayer intentions for the month of October were announced by the Holy See’s Press Office.

New federal rules would prevent ‘blacklisting’ of Catholic hospitals, healthcare leader says

Oct 1, 2008 - 05:06 am .- William J. Cox, President and Executive Director of the Alliance of Catholic Healthcare, has submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services concerning proposed federal regulations which would protect the conscience rights of medical professionals. He said the new rules are “especially important” in light of several attempts by California legislators to “single out” and “blacklist” Catholic hospitals.

Alveda King cites personal experience in call to defund Planned Parenthood

Oct 1, 2008 - 02:48 am .- Pro-life leader Dr. Alveda King, niece of civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., recently discussed her past experiences seeking services from a Planned Parenthood clinic in an interview. Saying the organization gave her “bad advice, bad counsel” and lied about her abortion, she called for taxpayer funding to be pulled from Planned Parenthood.

Minnesota professor endorses YouTube videos of Eucharistic desecrations

Oct 1, 2008 - 12:49 am .- Paul Zachary Myers, a science blogger and biology professor at the University of Minnesota at Morris who posted on his blog what he claimed was a desecrated Eucharistic Host, has now promoted the YouTube videos of a person also purporting to show other such desecrations.