Archive of April 8, 2010 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of April 8, 2010

Woman returns autographed photo of Spanish King after he signed law on abortion

Apr 8, 2010 - 09:55 pm .- A flight attendant recently sent back a signed photo of the King of Spain after he signed the country's new law lifting several restrictions on abortion.

National Review editor responds to Maureen Dowd's latest attack on the Church

Apr 8, 2010 - 08:27 pm .- Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of National Review Online, responded to Maureen Dowd's latest column attacking the Church, calling the the New York Times writer's piece more sarcastic than substantial and offering her own opinions on the state of the Church amidst the sex abuse scandal.

Group denounces efforts to introduce same-sex ideology into Catholic education

Apr 8, 2010 - 06:07 pm .- The Spanish organization, Professionals for Ethics (PFE), warned this week that the State Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals in the country is distributing a guide to high school teachers on how to teach respect for sexual diversity during Catholic religion classes.

Vatican rebuffs claim Pope blocked Fr. Maciel investigation

Apr 8, 2010 - 02:06 pm .- "It's paradoxal - and for informed people ridiculous - to attribute to Cardinal Ratzinger the reponsibility of covering-up or concealing of any kind," Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi said today. His remarks were in response to an article in the German weekly Stern on the founder of the Legionaries of Christ, Fr. Marcial Maciel.

Benedict XVI formally invited to Chile

Apr 8, 2010 - 01:39 pm .- On Wednesday, the president of Chile, Sebastian Pinera, extended an official invitation to Pope Benedict XVI to visit the South American country.  According to Chilean media, the papal trip would occur in 2012.

Bishops encourage Colombians to vote in upcoming elections

Apr 8, 2010 - 12:02 pm .- The Bishops of Colombia are urging citizens to vote in the country's upcoming presidential elections.  In a letter to Catholics in the country, the prelates asked that when casting their votes, the faithful take into account both respect for the human person and the search for the common good.

Christian Youth association organizing sit-ins to support Pope

Apr 8, 2010 - 10:58 am .- Italy's Gioventu Cristiana (Christian Youth) association is organizing a national demonstration in major cities across the country "to say 'enough' to the intolerance against Benedict XVI." The group is making use of social networks to spread the word and provide a voice.

Holy Shroud was hidden from Hitler's grasp in Benedictine Abbey

Apr 8, 2010 - 10:27 am .- The Holy Shroud was transferred from Turin during World War II to keep it out of reach of Adolph Hitler, according to a Benedictine priest in a southern Italian abbey. Monks in Avellino, Italy stored the relic until 1946 "officially to protect it from bombs, in reality to hide it from the Fuhrer, who was obsessed with it," the monk said.

Population expert sees dangers as U.S. birthrate falls below replacement

Apr 8, 2010 - 06:37 am .- The U.S. birthrate fell from 2007 to 2008 and is now below replacement rate. One population expert, noting that children are the “only future a country has,” warns that a scarcity of children condemns a country to stagnation, bankruptcy and eventually death.

Southern Catholic College announces abrupt closure, cites lack of funds

Apr 8, 2010 - 04:14 am .- Southern Catholic College, a Legionaries of Christ institution, has announced that due to a lack of funds it will close on April 15, a month before the end of the spring semester.

Britain drops controversial sex-ed legislation from bill

Apr 8, 2010 - 02:47 am .- The British parliament dropped clauses in an education bill that would have made it mandatory for Catholic schools to provide, among other things, “non-judgmental” information about abortion and contraception to students as part of a new sex education initiative.

W. Virginia bishop says Mass for victims of coal mine explosion

Apr 8, 2010 - 12:08 am .- On Tuesday Bishop Michael J. Bransfield presided at a Mass for the victims of the West Virginia coal mine explosion. He said the disaster was a “stark reminder” of the dangers of mining.