Archive of December 15, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of December 15, 2008

Leaders debate plan for new N. America Anglican province

Dec 15, 2008 - 11:39 pm .- The plan to form a new Anglican province in North America as an alternative to The Episcopal Church (TEC) and the Anglican Church of Canada is proceeding. Though some praise it for providing an alternative for orthodox Anglicans, others say the proposal could take years to enact and will further divide the Anglican Communion.

Vietnamese officials reaffirm plans to demolish Catholic monastery

Dec 15, 2008 - 09:36 pm .- Repeating a government tactic used in disputes with Vietnamese Catholics seeking the return of confiscated property, the People's Committee of Vinh Long on Friday announced that it will demolish the city’s St. Paul Monastery to build a public park.

Organization launches campaign to fight homosexual unions in Chile

Dec 15, 2008 - 06:05 pm .- The organization, Muevete Chile has launched a campaign to stop the Senate committee from approving a measure that would open the door to homosexual unions under of the banner of “non-discrimination.”

Distinction between Church and State is a sign of progress and freedom, explains Pope

Dec 15, 2008 - 05:44 pm .- In his visit on Saturday morning to the Italian Embassy to the Holy See, Pope Benedict XVI noted that not only does the Church see the distinction between Church and State as important, but she considers it to be a “great progress for humanity.”

Bolivian bishops reject president’s ‘abuse of power’ with the press

Dec 15, 2008 - 02:39 pm .- The Bolivian Bishops’ Committee on Social Education has rejected the “authoritarianism and abuse of power” exercised by President Evo Morales “against journalists who carry out their duties to inform.”

Christ brings new hope and splendor, Pope tells donors of Vatican Christmas tree

Dec 15, 2008 - 02:10 pm .- During an audience Sunday with pilgrims from Austria who brought the Christmas tree that will adorn St. Peter’s Square, Pope Benedict XVI said the “green color and the lights on its branches are symbols of life. In addition, they remind us of the mystery of the Holy Night. Christ, the Son of God, brings a new hope and a new splendor to the confused, cold and unredeemed world in which he is born.”

On feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, faithful pray for justice and end to violence in Mexico

Dec 15, 2008 - 01:01 pm .- On the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12, the rector of the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City, Msgr. Diego Monroy Ponce, prayed to the Mother of God for her protection over Mexico and all Mexicans amidst the crisis of violence that the country is currently experiencing.

Foundation assists dwindling Christian presence in the Holy Land

Dec 15, 2008 - 12:51 pm .- In an effort to combat the decline of Christians in the Holy Land, a Franciscan Foundation has been working tirelessly to secure education, employment, housing and social services for Christians through the Memorial Hall Project.

Holy Father sends condolences to U.S. upon hearing of cardinal’s death

Dec 15, 2008 - 12:02 pm .- One day after the death of Cardinal Avery Dulles, Benedict XVI sent a telegram to Cardinal Edward Egan, the Archbishop of New York, asking him to send his condolences to the deceased prelate’s family, his fellow Jesuits and to Fordham University, where Fr. Dulles taught.

Young community of sisters spreads beauty with 'Echos of Ephesus'

Dec 15, 2008 - 06:15 am .- A very young, rapidly growing vibrant community has recently released a new CD in an attempt to raise funds for a permanent Priory.  The CD by the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles includes Latin, traditional and original compositions by the sisters.