Archive of November 20, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of November 20, 2008

California Supreme Court to hear legal challenges to Prop. 8

Nov 20, 2008 - 11:02 pm .- The California Supreme Court has agreed to hear several legal challenges to Proposition 8, the successful 2008 ballot measure which overturned the court’s imposition of same-sex marriage on the state in May. Supporters of Proposition 8 responded by saying they are optimistic their victory will stand.

Young Trappist monk one step away from canonization

Nov 20, 2008 - 10:22 pm .- The Congregation for the Causes of the Saints has approved the miracle of the inexplicable cure of Begona Leon Alonso, a 38 year-old woman from Madrid who suffered from Hellp Syndrome during her pregnancy and went into a coma when doctors performed surgery to save her child.

Despite threats, Christians in India to celebrate Christmas as usual

Nov 20, 2008 - 08:25 pm .- Despite threats of a Christmas protest from Hindu fundamentalists in the region of Orissa, India, Christians there plan to celebrate Jesus’ birth as usual.

‘Catholics weep over Barack Obama’s words,’ laments cardinal in address to CUA

Nov 20, 2008 - 06:15 pm .- CNA has exclusively obtained the full-text of Cardinal James Francis Stafford’s lecture delivered at the Catholic University of America last week in which the prelate examined President-elect Obama’s loyalty to pro-abortion organizations and described his promises as cause for Catholics to weep tears of betrayal.

Jesuit Superior General says give more time to Liberation Theology

Nov 20, 2008 - 06:08 pm .- The Superior General of the Jesuits, Father Adolfo Nicolas, said this week he was disappointed that Liberation Theology has not received a “vote of confidence,” and he said the controversial approach should be given more time to mature.

Cardinal Urosa exhorts electoral commission to be democratic and impartial

Nov 20, 2008 - 04:58 pm .- The Archbishop of Caracas, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Sabino, exhorted the Venezuelan National Electoral Council to adopt a democratic and impartial attitude this Sunday during regional elections.

First beatification in Cuba: Brother Jose Olallo Valdez

Nov 20, 2008 - 03:13 pm .- The prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, will preside at the Mass of Beatification of Brother Jose Olallo Valdez on November 29 in Camaguey, in the first such ceremony ever to take place on Cuban soil.

Vatican: 188 Japanese martyrs and a Cuban brother to be declared blessed

Nov 20, 2008 - 11:07 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has given the go-ahead for the beatification ceremonies of a group of 188 Japanese martyrs and the Cuban Br. Jose Olallo. The Japanese Catholics will be beatified on November 24 in Nagasaki and Br. Ollalo will be declared a Blessed on November 29 in Cuba.

Monastic life should remind Christians to place nothing before love of God, Pope says

Nov 20, 2008 - 10:33 am .- Pope Benedict XVI today told members of the Vatican Congregation dedicated to helping consecrated religious that monastic life must challenge the faithful to love God before all else. The Holy Father also pointed to the Scriptures as the way to deepen love for God.

Canadian students face possible suspension or arrest for pro-life display

Nov 20, 2008 - 07:27 am .- The University of Calgary, a Canadian public university, is censoring a campus pro-life group’s project that compares abortion to genocide.  If the student organization continues with its plans to display the exhibit, members could face suspension, expulsion and arrest.

Cardinal Newman Society touring universities with Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit

Nov 20, 2008 - 05:59 am .- The Cardinal Newman Society has launched a tour of the Vatican’s Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit which includes a stop at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Minnesota at Morris, the academic home of a biology professor who displayed his desecration of a Host on his web site.

International protest saves woman and child from forced abortion in China

Nov 20, 2008 - 03:39 am .- Following international attention which included the protests of U.S. Congressmen, China has released a detained ethnic minority Uyghur woman who was scheduled to undergo a coerced abortion.

Adult stem cell research results in new trachea transplant

Nov 20, 2008 - 02:40 am .- A June operation at a Spanish hospital has resulted in the first successful trachea transplant operation using adult stem cells.

Government-backed mob ransacks Catholic chapel in Hanoi

Nov 20, 2008 - 12:23 am .- A government-backed mob attacked and ransacked the chapel of Hanoi Redemptorist Monastery on Saturday night in a continuation of the dispute between Catholics and the communist government over confiscated property.