Archive of February 3, 2010 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of February 3, 2010

Abortion has become 'plague' in Mexico City, acknowledges government

Feb 3, 2010 - 11:09 pm .- The government of Mexico City noted in a report this week that abortion has become a “plague” in the capital, as 7 out of every 10 women who inquire about the procedure end up choosing abortion.

Cardinal Rivera encourages youth to bring Christ to Mexico

Feb 3, 2010 - 09:53 pm .- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, has called on young people in the country to “overcome fear in order to carry the banner of Christ," preaching “faith, hope and charity with courage,” after the example of the Venerable John Paul II.

Tim Tebow not the first football player to make pro-life video

Feb 3, 2010 - 08:11 pm .- The recent announcement that Tim Tebow and his mother will appear in a pro-life Super Bowl ad has generated much criticism, but such appearances are not new to football, as evidenced by a video published by the American Life League in 2007.

Vatican newspaper calls new stem cell source 'future of medicine'

Feb 3, 2010 - 07:22 pm .- The Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano republished an interview on Wednesday detailing current research on a new source of stem cells that is being called "the future of medicine."

British government retreats after Pope's critique of Equality Bill

Feb 3, 2010 - 06:16 pm .- After criticism from national religious leaders and Pope Benedict XVI, The British Government has retreated from plans to implement an Equality Bill many saw as oppressive of religious freedom.

Pro-life organization responds to needs of pregnant women in Haiti

Feb 3, 2010 - 04:15 pm .- MaterCare International (MCI), an international organization of Catholic health professionals dedicated to the care of mothers and their born and unborn children, has answered the call of the Missionaries of Charity to provide care for Haitian women and their babies.

Mass for Sick to be celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI

Feb 3, 2010 - 03:51 pm .- In commemoration of the World Day for the Sick, the basilica of St. Peter's will host pilgrims with illnesses from all parts of the globe. The celebration of the Mass will also mark the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the Pontifical Council for Health Ministry.

Priest calls for honest dialogue on Cuba’s economy

Feb 3, 2010 - 03:05 pm .- The Catholic newspaper for the Archdiocese of Havana, “New Word,” recently published an opinion column calling for internal dialogue regarding the current economic crisis on the island and offering suggestions for improving Cuba’s economy.

Circus entertains Pope and pilgrims at audience

Feb 3, 2010 - 01:56 pm .- At the general audience this morning, the Holy Father was treated to a circus spectacular. Artists from the group "Circo Americano" pleasantly surprised everyone with a choreographed performance, which Pope Benedict happily applauded.

Spanish government course teaches sex can be practiced with 'girl, boy or animal'

Feb 3, 2010 - 01:01 pm .- Parent organizations in Spain are fiercely protesting the curriculum of the Socialist government’s required education course, “Education for the Citizenry,” after it was revealed that in one Spanish city, students are being taught that sex can be freely practiced, even with animals.

Consecrated people serve as 'bridge to God,' Pope says at Vespers

Feb 3, 2010 - 11:32 am .- On Tuesday evening, the Holy Father celebrated Vespers at St. Peter's Basilica for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord and the 14th annual World Day for Consecrated Life. In his homily he called for consecrated people to be "a bridge to God" for the rest of humanity.

Benedict XVI reflects on life of St. Dominic, model for new evangelization

Feb 3, 2010 - 11:32 am .- During his Wednesday General Audience, the Holy Father spoke of St. Dominic, a saint described as the model for new evangelization.  In his life, Dominic preached the Gospels to those who did not know Christ and also worked to re-evangelize Christian communities.

Catholic Relief Services reports helping hundreds of thousands of Haitians

Feb 3, 2010 - 07:43 am .- Catholic Relief Services and its Caritas partners in Haiti have provided food and water to hundreds of thousands of victims of the massive January earthquake and have provided medical aid to thousands. The agency says it has raised over $38 million for the task and is “extremely grateful” for all its donors.

Cardinal Levada to attend consecration of Nebraska seminary chapel

Feb 3, 2010 - 06:22 am .- The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter has announced its new seminary chapel at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Nebraska will be consecrated on March 3. Cardinal William Levada will attend the ceremony, which will be broadcast live on EWTN at 11 a.m. Eastern Time.

Knights of Columbus deliver another 100,000 military prayer books

Feb 3, 2010 - 04:33 am .- Members of the Knights of Columbus delivered 100,000 military prayer books to the headquarters of the Military Archdiocese for the Military Services in Washington, D.C. on Saturday.

Archdiocese of Boston website launched to promote confession during Lent

Feb 3, 2010 - 03:01 am .- Seeking to promote the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the Archdiocese of Boston has launched a new website about how to make a good confession. Its priests will also offer confessions in every chapel and church on Wednesdays during Lent.

Challenging same-sex 'marriage' not discrimination, asserts archdiocese

Feb 3, 2010 - 12:53 am .- In an editorial published yesterday, the news agency for the Archdiocese of Mexico City emphasized that the decision by the country’s attorney general to challenge the legalization of same-sex “marriage” does not constitute discrimination.  The paper added that homosexuals cannot “bestow rights upon themselves,” such as adoption because it violates the rights of children.

Abstinence educators see vindication in new study

Feb 3, 2010 - 12:16 am .- A “non-moralistic” abstinence-only sex education for pre-teens may be effective in delaying sexual activity and reducing pregnancy and venereal disease, a new study in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine says. Defenders of abstinence education said the study vindicates their efforts.