Archive of October 22, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of October 22, 2008

Knights call for a compendium for Mass readings to improve preaching

Oct 22, 2008 - 11:47 pm .- Addressing the assembly of Catholic bishops from around the world at the Synod on the Bible, Mr. Carl Anderson, the head of the Knights of Columbus, called for a compendium to the Mass readings to be created to help improve Sunday preaching.

Large pro-family coalition in Panama rejects anti-parental laws

Oct 22, 2008 - 09:22 pm .- During a press conference on Monday, the Panamanian Alliance for Life and the Family, a large coalition of organizations and important leaders in Panama, expressed its rejection of both the anti-family and anti-life laws being proposed in the country. The coalition also criticized the Summit on Youth that President Martin Torrijos will attend at the end of the month.

Spanish governments extends controversial course to schools in foreign countries

Oct 22, 2008 - 07:18 pm .- Parents of the Spanish institute Giner de los Rios in Lisbon, Portugal have expressed their surprise at the decision by Spain’s Socialist government to require that that the course Education for Citizenship be taught in Spanish schools that operate in other countries. The parents reacted by announcing that, like 45,000 other parents in Spain, they would also appeal to conscientious objection.

Zogby finds Obama’s lead widening among Catholics

Oct 22, 2008 - 05:22 pm .- A Zogby poll released today shows that Senator Barack Obama’s lead has widened to nearly 10 points among Americans, and 12 points among Catholics. Other polls, however, are finding that McCain is narrowing the gap with Obama amongst the general population.

Día de los Muertos blends Catholic tradition and Latin American culture

Oct 22, 2008 - 03:05 pm .- Death can easily consume a family with grief and sadness. But for Catholics, death is also a time of remembrance and communal celebration of life. Those celebrations are most apparent on Nov. 2, All Souls’ Day and Día de los Muertos, also known as Day of the Dead.

Church in Mexico slams attempt to legalize marijuana

Oct 22, 2008 - 02:36 pm .- The Archdiocese of Mexico’s weekly publication, “From the Faith,” published a strong editorial this week rejecting a proposal by the Legislative Assembly of Mexico City that would legalize the use of marijuana.

Bishop shows up unannounced at election forum, defends Church’s stance on abortion

Oct 22, 2008 - 01:00 pm .- An election forum at a Pennsylvania parish that took place last Sunday was organized to allow Catholics the opportunity to defend their support for McCain and Obama.  However, the forum took a surprising turn when an unexpected guest showed up to guide his flock, the Bishop of Scranton, Joseph F. Martino.

The Resurrection is crucial for understanding Paul’s teachings, Benedict explains

Oct 22, 2008 - 12:07 pm .- In the presence of 17,000 people at St. Peter’s Square, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about the necessity of the Resurrection “in the mystery of salvation” to understand the teaching of St. Paul.

Complete works of Joseph Ratzinger to be published in German

Oct 22, 2008 - 11:14 am .- Today at the Vatican’s press office, a book series of great import for the theological world was announced by Bishop of Regensburg Gerhard Muller, the complete works of Joseph Ratzinger/ Benedict XVI.

L’Osservatore Romano underscores defense of life, hope and humanism in movie “Wall-E”

Oct 22, 2008 - 10:35 am .- In an interesting article published by the L’Osservatore Romano, reporter Andrea Piersanti emphasized how Eve, the robot star of the movie “Wall-E,” creates a revolution by inspiring a reflection on the defense of life and hope for humanity.

Archbishop of San Antonio asks, is abortion solely a ‘Catholic’ issue?

Oct 22, 2008 - 06:59 am .- In a recent column for the newspaper of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, Texas, Archbishop José H. Gomez, clarified that though abortion is often painted as a Catholic issue, it is “a matter of fundamental human rights” that must be recognized by our leaders.

New poll shows Prop 8 supporters winning in California

Oct 22, 2008 - 04:40 am .- According to the latest poll from California, those fighting for the defense of traditional marriage have a nine point advantage over activists seeking state recognition of same-sex marriage.

Church leaders ask MPs to vote against the legalization of abortion in Northern Ireland

Oct 22, 2008 - 02:19 am .- Four leaders of the churches in Ireland have sent a letter to the Westminster MPs regarding an amendment to the human Fertilization and Embryology Bill which would legalize abortion in Northern Ireland.