Archive of April 20, 2010 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of April 20, 2010

Thousands attend beatification of Spanish priest

Apr 20, 2010 - 10:09 pm .- Thousands of Catholics from around the world attended the beatification ceremony for Fr. Bernardo Francisco de Hoyos, which was held in Valladolid, Spain on Monday.

Young women honored with pro-life award share their stories

Apr 20, 2010 - 07:03 pm .- At its annual gala, the pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List recently honored several young women for their advancement of the pro-life cause. CNA interviewed two of the young women, Jill Sanders and Laura Peters, who candidly discussed how they were drawn to work in the pro-life movement. The two also detailed the negative effects of abortion and urged young women not to be “deceived” by organizations such as Planned Parenthood.

Bishops of Spain support Pope Benedict amidst media attacks

Apr 20, 2010 - 06:02 pm .- In his inaugural address for the 95th plenary assembly of the Bishops’ Conference of Spain, the Archbishop of Madrid, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, reiterated the Spanish bishops’ support for Pope Benedict XVI as the media continues their campaign against him.

Vatican releases details of Benedict XVI's upcoming visit to Turin

Apr 20, 2010 - 04:23 pm .- Pope Benedict will visit the city of Turin, Italy early next month to venerate the Shroud at its first exposition to the public since 2000.  This morning, the Vatican issued the Holy Father's itinerary which includes Mass, visits with the sick and the youth as well as time for veneration of the burial cloth.

Benedict XVI confronting 'self-destruction' of society, says French historian

Apr 20, 2010 - 02:48 pm .- In an article published yesterday by L’Osservatore Romano, historian and member of the Institute of France, Alain Besançon, offered an analysis of the first five years of Benedict XVI’s pontificate. He noted that the media campaign against the Holy Father and the Church reveals a hatred for Christianity, and that the Pope is confronting the “self-destruction” of society, nature and reason.

Pregnant 11-year-old will not undergo abortion, states pro-life leader

Apr 20, 2010 - 12:05 pm .- Various media outlets in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo reported this week that an 11-year-old who is almost 18 weeks pregnant is no longer in the hands of feminist groups who were pressuring her to undergo an abortion. The girl is now receiving proper medical care for herself and her baby.

Central Illinois diocese receives new bishop from Chicago

Apr 20, 2010 - 11:46 am .- This morning Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, announced the appointment of Chicago’s Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki as the new bishop of the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois.

Bishop Wenski named to lead Catholic Archdiocese of Miami

Apr 20, 2010 - 10:24 am .- On Tuesday, the Holy Father appointed Bishop Thomas G. Wenski of Orlando as Archbishop of Miami. Archbishop-designate Wenski is succeeding Archbishop John C. Favalora, whose retirement resignation was recently accepted by Pope Benedict.

USCCB spokeswoman refuses to answer 'pie in the sky' charge from Stupak

Apr 20, 2010 - 09:57 am .- After speaking with Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) on March 26, CNA sought a reaction from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) about the representative's claim that the Conference was being unrealistic about some of its expectations for the health care bill. However, the USCCB refused to provide comment or allow any staff members to comment on three separate occasions.

Virginia bishops: Budget amendment offers chance to end state-funded abortions

Apr 20, 2010 - 06:06 am .- The Virginia Catholic Conference (VCC) has urged the passage of a proposed budget amendment to restrict state funding of abortions, saying it is an “unprecedented opportunity” to eliminate the vast majority of state-funded abortions.

Connecticut Post criticism of Catholic Church 'way off-key,' charges chancellor

Apr 20, 2010 - 03:04 am .- The Chancellor for the Diocese of Bridgeport charged that the paper was “way off-key” in a recent editorial criticizing the Catholic Church's opposition to H.B. 5473, a bill which would eliminate the statute of limitations for sexual abuse of a minor.

Poll of Ireland shows overwhelming support for continued abortion ban

Apr 20, 2010 - 02:17 am .- A survey of the Republic of Ireland shows that 70 percent of Irish people support the constitutional protection for the unborn, including the prohibition of abortion. One pro-life leader said the “hugely reassuring” results show “overwhelming public support” for unborn children and their mothers.

Christian student group in Supreme Court to overturn exclusion by California university

Apr 20, 2010 - 12:55 am .- A Christian student organization is seeking to overturn a court ruling that sided with a California university which denied recognition to the group because of its statement of faith.