Archive of October 31, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of October 31, 2008

Holy Father denounces pride, teaches way to true wisdom

Oct 31, 2008 - 08:04 pm .- Yesterday evening the Holy Father met with professors and students from the Roman pontifical universities to kick off the academic year.  In his remarks, the Pope clarified how to avoid pride by becoming “truly wise before God.”

Pro-Obama Catholics plan ‘stop the vote’ at parishes

Oct 31, 2008 - 06:26 pm .- Priests for Life is warning that James Salt and Chris Korzen from the pro-Obama organization Catholics United sent a blast email on Thursday offering instructions on how to prevent pro-life Catholics from distributing electoral guides near Catholic parishes around the country. Fr. Frank Pavone, director of Priests for Life, has also pointed out that the Catholics United plan could have negative legal consequences.

Halloween a superstitious triviality, says Argentinean archbishop

Oct 31, 2008 - 04:00 pm .- Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata in Argentina said this week that the pagan feast of Halloween is “foreign to Christian tradition” and has become a “superstitious and empty way of imposing mindless triviality.”

Italian senate approves motion condemning persecution of Christians

Oct 31, 2008 - 02:36 pm .- The Italian Senate has unanimously approved a motion condemning the persecution of Christians throughout the world, especially in the East. The motion unifies four measures that were all similar.

Pope says no to chaos, points to God as author of universe

Oct 31, 2008 - 12:56 pm .- On Friday, the first of a four day meeting held by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on the topic of evolution, Pope Benedict drew a hard line against those who say that God did not create the universe.  

Pope meets with president of Lebanon, discusses country’s struggles

Oct 31, 2008 - 11:14 am .- This morning Pope Benedict XVI met with the President of Lebanon, His Excellency General Michel Sleiman and his entourage.  The Pope and Vatican prelates showed their appreciation for the president’s work to encourage political dialogue and prayed for the safety of Christians in the Middle East.

Pope’s November prayer intentions released

Oct 31, 2008 - 10:42 am .- Today the Vatican’s press office released Pope Benedict’s prayer intentions for the month of November. The Holy Father is praying that the example of the saints will encourage everyone in holiness and that the Church in Asia will find the best ways to announce the Gospel.

Vatican cardinal to emphasize the Catholic identity of Church charities

Oct 31, 2008 - 10:23 am .- On Monday, November 3, Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes, President of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, will meet with the U.S. bishops to speak with them about the need to maintain the Catholic identity of the charitable outreach of the Church.

Bishop Finn exhorts Catholics to ‘stand up fearlessly’ against ‘tyranny of choice’

Oct 31, 2008 - 06:01 am .- Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph Robert Finn has reminded the faithful that their salvation is at stake in the battle for holiness. Decrying the “casual manner” in which many Christians live within the “culture of death,” he urged Catholics to “stand up fearlessly against the agents of death.”

Planned Parenthood nurse admits babies’ survival of late-term abortion happens

Oct 31, 2008 - 02:51 am .- Students for Life of America (SFLA) has released a new undercover video of a nurse at a New Jersey Planned Parenthood facility describing how an abortion would be performed on a 22 week-old unborn child and admitting that some babies survive such abortions.