Archive of February 4, 2010 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of February 4, 2010

Political prisoners in Cuba suffering same fate as Mandela, reveal dissidents

Feb 4, 2010 - 11:14 pm .- Thirty-three political prisoners in Cuba have sent a letter to South African leader Nelson Mandela informing him that they will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of his liberation “from behind bars.”

Courage needed to eliminate nuclear weapons, Archbishop O’Brien tells summit

Feb 4, 2010 - 09:50 pm .- Archbishop of Baltimore Edwin O’Brien on Wednesday reiterated the Catholic Church’s condemnation of “total war” and called for courage in efforts towards a future “free of the nuclear threat” at a summit aimed at the elimination of nuclear weapons.

‘Stop dehydration deaths,’ says Terri Schiavo’s brother in response to new brain scan

Feb 4, 2010 - 08:32 pm .- Reacting to news of a breakthrough in brain scanning technology, Terri Schiavo's brother Bobby Schindler is calling for a halt to removing hydration from brain-damaged patients who are thought to be in a persistent vegetative state.

Wyoming Catholic professor wins pontifical prize for thesis, meets Holy Father

Feb 4, 2010 - 07:27 pm .- A U.S. Catholic professor was recently awarded an audience with Pope Benedict XVI and an almost $30,000 prize for his doctoral thesis, which he wrote to help “unfold the beauty of Catholic teaching.”

Catholic politician in Spain criticizes bishops for Communion stance

Feb 4, 2010 - 07:03 pm .- The president of Spain’s House of Representatives, Jose Bono, a self-described Catholic socialist, criticized the country’s bishops this week for being “judges” and “professors of dogma,” following their statement that politicians who support abortion cannot receive Communion.

Cardinal George calls for 'renewed Catholic imagination' in the U.S.

Feb 4, 2010 - 05:52 pm .- The book "The Difference God Makes: a Catholic Vision of Faith, Communion and Culture" by Cardinal Francis George of Chicago was analyzed in the most recent edition of the Vatican's newspaper. The cardinal's collection of writings was dubbed a "clear, concrete and stimulating" description of the current situation of the Church within the American culture.

Catholic Voices experts to prepare way for Pope's visit to Britain

Feb 4, 2010 - 03:37 pm .- During his address to the bishops of England and Wales this week, Pope Benedict XVI confirmed that he will be making a visit to the United Kingdom this coming Fall. In preparation for his arrival, a panel of Catholic experts will provide the media and others with briefings on what the Church teaches.

Costa Rican presidential candidate reveals opposition to abortion and same-sex 'marriage'

Feb 4, 2010 - 02:56 pm .- Costa Rican presidential candidate Laura Chinchilla said this week she is opposed to the legalization of abortion and same-sex “marriage.”

Haiti remains hopeful despite tragedy, reports bishop

Feb 4, 2010 - 01:09 pm .- Meeting with Pope Benedict XVI after Wednesday's General Audience, Bishop Pierre-Andre Dumas of Anse-a-Veau and the Director of Caritas Haiti, said that despite the tragedy that struck the country last month, Haitians remain hopeful “that tomorrow can be better than the past.”

'Divine justice' focus of Holy Father's Lenten message

Feb 4, 2010 - 12:01 pm .- Today Pope Benedict XVI made public his Lenten message for 2010 emphasizing “divine justice” which, he noted, “is profoundly different from it's human counterpart.” In his reflection, the Pontiff touched on the fact that modern man has a tendency to focus on alleviating external concerns regarding injustice yet often fails to look internally, where the origin of  injustice lies.

Winter Olympics are 'building block of peace and friendship,' declares Pope Benedict

Feb 4, 2010 - 10:53 am .- In a letter to the Archbishop of Vancouver, the Holy Father expressed his happiness for the occasion of the 21st Winter Olympic Games and the 10th Paralympic Winter Games to be celebrated between February and March.

New Maryland county rule targets pro-life pregnancy centers, archdiocese says

Feb 4, 2010 - 06:20 am .- The Montgomery County Council in Maryland on Tuesday voted to require pregnancy counseling centers to post a disclaimer saying they do not have medical professionals on staff. Pro-life advocates said the centers are being unfairly targeted because they do not provide abortion or contraception.

New website organizes Rosary campaign for individual bishops

Feb 4, 2010 - 04:39 am .- Rosary for the Bishop, an online prayer campaign for Catholic bishops, has launched a new website to enroll participants and help remind them to pray.

Obama faith-based advisor maintains that Pope hurts people ‘in name of Jesus’

Feb 4, 2010 - 04:11 am .- Harry Knox, a member of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, has stood by his past comment that Pope Benedict XVI is “hurting people in the name of Jesus.”

Pro-lifers removed for protesting outside EU Human Rights meeting

Feb 4, 2010 - 12:59 am .- Police removed a group of 15 Spanish Right to Life advocates gathered outside the Queen Sofia Museum in Madrid, the site where the European Human Rights Commission was conducting a meeting.

Diocese of Burlington to sell headquarters for sex abuse settlements

Feb 4, 2010 - 12:23 am .- The Diocese of Burlington is selling its headquarters and other church properties in hopes of securing funds to settle two dozen pending sex abuse cases before they go to trial.