Archive of February 17, 2010 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of February 17, 2010

Secular state would diminish religious freedom, warns Mexican archbishop

Feb 17, 2010 - 11:05 pm .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Mexico, Archbishop Carlos Aguiar Retes, acknowledged that the country has been a secular state “for more than a century and a half.”  He added that the recent passage of a constitutional reform formally declaring Mexico as “secular” is an attempt to diminish “the religious freedom of citizens.”

EWTN reporting on plight of Christians live from Iraq

Feb 17, 2010 - 09:57 pm .- Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) has begun live reports from Iraq about the plight of Christians there and elsewhere in the Middle East.

Petition supporting Mother Teresa stamp reaches over 70,000 signatures

Feb 17, 2010 - 09:05 pm .- In response to an atheist group calling for the removal of a proposed Mother Teresa stamp last month, a petition organized by has received over 70,000 signatures from individuals who support the stamp.

Children cannot be denied the right to a father and a mother, argues Mexican cardinal

Feb 17, 2010 - 07:01 pm .- Recalling Mexico City's recent legalization of same-sex marriage and adoption, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera spoke of the importance of children being raised by both a mother and a father in his Sunday homily.

Life Teen co-founder laicized by Pope Benedict

Feb 17, 2010 - 06:25 pm .- A recent ruling from Pope Benedict XVI, which was confirmed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), dismissed one of Life Teen’s founders from his clerical state following an investigation into charges of sexual abuse of minors.

Same-sex ‘marriage’ law forces D.C. Catholic Charities to close adoption program

Feb 17, 2010 - 04:59 pm .- Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington announced today that it is shutting down its foster care and public adoption program. The District of Columbia said the charity would be ineligible for service because of the new law recognizing same-sex “marriage.”

Over one million signatures supporting life sent to Spanish government

Feb 17, 2010 - 02:59 pm .- This week, Spanish pro-life organizations delivered more than one million signatures to their country's government supporting life and opposing Spain's new law on abortion.  The petition predicts that the new law “will only bring more death and suffering to thousands of women.”

Thousands of emails cancel irreverent photo exhibit

Feb 17, 2010 - 01:07 pm .- Some 18,000 emails led to the cancellation of a photo exhibit that was to take place at the Contemporary Culture Center at the University of Granada, Spain.  The display was to include photos of Christ as a homosexual, the Virgin Mary as a prostitute, St. Joseph as a camel and the Nativity Scene as a brothel.

Daily conversion frees and saves, Pope declares as Lent begins

Feb 17, 2010 - 11:05 am .- The Holy Father dedicated the General Audience on Wednesday in the Paul VI Hall to the significance of the Lenten season which begins today. He emphasized the importance of daily conversion for swimming "against the current" of a society that promotes a “superficial lifestyle” and “moral mediocrity.”

China’s Catholics celebrate Chinese New Year with gratitude for papal greeting

Feb 17, 2010 - 10:15 am .- Chinese Catholics joined in the celebration of Chinese New Year on Sunday with Masses of Thanksgiving, prayer, works of charity and the commemoration of deceased priests and missionaries. The faithful were particularly excited by the Pope’s Angelus greetings for the occasion.

Attempts to restrict Church in Britain show need for better cooperation between clergy and laity

Feb 17, 2010 - 09:33 am .- Citing a lack of initiative and “missed opportunities” to defend Catholic concerns in the United Kingdom, Catholic Union Chairman James Bogle has called for increased collaboration between the clergy and the laity in the face of “novel challenges” to Christian belief and religious freedom.

Day Gardner calls on blacks to recognize impact of abortion during Black History Month

Feb 17, 2010 - 08:08 am .- Day Gardner of the National Black Pro-Life Union has said that during Black History Month Americans should acknowledge abortion’s disproportionate impact on blacks and should see abortion advocacy as a form of “ethnic cleansing” that targets the black community.

Disagreements on ethics end Catholic sponsorship of Oregon hospital

Feb 17, 2010 - 05:50 am .- Citing continued disagreement on Catholic ethical directives such as sterilization, the Catholic Diocese of Baker on Monday announced its intention to end its official sponsorship of St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

Carnival turns to Lent in Rome

Feb 17, 2010 - 03:50 am .- Following a multitude of carnival celebrations in Rome, the city began the Lenten season today with Ash Wednesday. Among the many liturgies to be offered today in the Eternal City, the Holy Father will preside over the General Audience and Ash Wednesday Mass at the Basilica of Saint Sabina.

Series from Vatican secret archives on Pius XII going digital

Feb 17, 2010 - 03:03 am .- In cooperation with the Vatican, the Pave the Way Foundation will soon publish online twelve volumes of World War II documents from the Holy See during the time of Pope Pius XII. The documents have been “almost completely ignored” until now, the organization's founder told CNA.

Producer and star of movie 'Bella' visit death row inmates on Valentine's Day

Feb 17, 2010 - 02:20 am .- In honor of St. Valentine's Day, Catholic actor Eduardo Verastegui and producer Jason Jones visited several prisons on Feb. 14, including one that held women death row inmates.

Church calls for depoliticization of Colombian hostage situation

Feb 17, 2010 - 12:57 am .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Bishop Ruben Salazar, has called on both the FARC rebel group and the country's government to depoliticize Colombia's hostage situation.