Archive of December 4, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of December 4, 2008

‘Devil’ ads ask people not to watch new religious cable channel in New York City

Dec 4, 2008 - 11:14 pm .- A new cable channel called New Evangelization Television (NET) is scheduled for launch on the evening of December 8 to provide a new center for religious, educational and cultural programming in the New York area.

ACN launches Christmas drive to help persecuted Christians

Dec 4, 2008 - 08:51 pm .- “A light for the persecuted Church” is the title of a Christmas fundraising drive launched by the Italian secretariat of the international organization Aid to the Church in Need.

Theater company focuses on faith, Scripture

Dec 4, 2008 - 06:57 pm .- As a St. Louis-based Catholic theater production company launches its new season this weekend, its founder noted that the goal remains to bring people closer to the faith and Scriptures.

Archbishop Niederauer explains Catholic involvement in Prop. 8

Dec 4, 2008 - 06:34 pm .- One month after the victory of California’s Proposition 8, Archbishop of San Francisco George Niederauer has written an essay defending Catholics’ role in the campaign and explaining his cooperation with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whose members are also known as Mormons.

Holy See simultaneously signs and ratifies cluster munitions treaty

Dec 4, 2008 - 04:37 pm .- The Holy See has ratified a convention banning the creation and use of cluster munitions in an attempt to highlight its solidarity with victims of the weapons and to urge others to become signers of the ban.

Eduardo Verástegui teams up with Right to Life committee in Spain

Dec 4, 2008 - 03:20 pm .- Mexican actor and producer Eduardo Verastegui has teamed up with the pro-life website in Spain “” ( in order to battle against a plan to overhaul the nation’s abortion laws.  The actor appears in a video on the website inviting Spaniards to join in rejecting the plan.

Cardinal Rouco condemns ETA killing and reiterates sinfulness of terrorism

Dec 4, 2008 - 01:38 pm .- The Archbishop of Madrid, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, together with his auxiliary bishops, has condemned the murder of businessman Ignacio Uria Mendizabal by the Basque separatist group ETA. The bishops also reiterated that terrorism is a sin and called for the conversion of terrorists.

Italian bakers give Pope a thousand loaves of 'panettone' for the poor

Dec 4, 2008 - 11:33 am .- L’Osservatore Romano reported this week that the Italian Federation of Bread Bakers has donated to the Pope one thousand loaves of “panettone” (a traditional Christmas sweet bread) for the poor who receive assistance from Caritas and for those who come to the Missionary of Charity’s shelter “Gift of Mary.”

Bring the light of faith to all sectors of society, Pope urges

Dec 4, 2008 - 11:02 am .- Praising the Chilean bishops for their efforts to promote a continent-wide movement of evangelization, Pope Benedict called on the prelates to also bring the light of faith to all sectors of society.

Senator criticizes new capitol visitor center for ignoring religious roots

Dec 4, 2008 - 06:06 am .- The new Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, DC has drawn criticism for minimizing references to God and to religious faith but depicting the U.S. Capitol as the sole American-built “temple” and the U.S. Constitution as Americans’ only “common oracle.”

New video shows more statutory rape cover-up at Planned Parenthood

Dec 4, 2008 - 03:16 am .- Live Action Films has released an undercover video showing a deliberate violation of mandatory reporting laws for sexual abuse by a Planned Parenthood nurse in Bloomington, Indiana. The video also depicts the employee advising the girl how to avoid parental consent laws for obtaining an abortion by crossing state lines.