Archive of July 21, 2010 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of July 21, 2010

Cuban political prisoner on third day of hunger strike

Jul 21, 2010 - 09:44 pm .- A political prisoner in Cuba is on the third day of his hunger strike in order to protest his return to prison. The dissident had been temporarily transferred in order to receive medical treatment.

Anti-Catholic petition shut down as UK government changes hands

Jul 21, 2010 - 08:17 pm .- A May response from the U.K. government to an electronic petition asking it to "disassociate" itself from the views of Pope Benedict XVI has resurfaced in the news. The petition's author argued it was prematurely closed to help the Pope save face, but evidence shows his petition was halted like all the others.

There is not enough ‘freedom of expression’ in Venezuela, archbishop laments

Jul 21, 2010 - 06:06 pm .- This week, Archbishop Reinaldo Del Prette of Valencia, Venezuela lamented the insufficient right to freedom of expression in the country. 

US-funded effort to legalize abortion in Kenya could date back 10 years

Jul 21, 2010 - 05:56 pm .- The U.S. government has wrongly taken sides by spending taxpayer money to promote Kenya’s proposed constitution, Rep. Chris Smith is charging. He reports an investigation has found that one well-funded group in 2000 urged the U.S. to support efforts to “eventually legalize abortion in Kenya” by supporting civic organizations.

Confession essential to being a priest, says Cardinal Meisner

Jul 21, 2010 - 05:11 pm .- Cardinal Joachim Meisner spoke to a large group of priests last month about the important role of the sacrament of Confession for their ministry. Sin, he said, is the greatest obstacle in our relationship with God.

Mexican claims responsibility for cyber attack against Vatican on Google

Jul 21, 2010 - 01:12 pm .- A Mexican man is claiming responsibility for the cyber attack that made Google direct any search using the word “vaticano” to the website  In what some might call a publicity stunt, Efrain Ibarra Ibarra of the technology company Guion Bajo in Monterrey, Mexico admitted he was the one behind the “Google bombing.”

Pope creates new diocese for Malawi, bishop calls it 'moment of grace'

Jul 21, 2010 - 12:35 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI officially erected a new diocese in the African nation of Malawi on Wednesday. According to the bishop who has overseen the area until now, the announcement represents a "moment of grace."

New Von Hildebrand essay analyzes Christopher West's approach to Theology of the Body

Jul 21, 2010 - 11:39 am .- Adding to the current debate on how to best present the teachings of John Paul II's Theology of the Body, Dr. Alice Von Hildebrand provided CNA with her latest essay contrasting the approach of her late husband, noted philosopher Dietrich Von Hildebrand, with the methods of the popular speaker Christopher West.

Children's book offers Pope's teachings on Jesus and 'first companions'

Jul 21, 2010 - 07:13 am .- A new children's book has been published under Pope Benedict XVI's name. It presents a collection of the Holy Father's descriptions of Jesus' relationship with his "first companions," taken from his catecheses at general audiences over the past five years.

Homosexual activists disrupt pro-marriage rallies, intimidate nursing mother

Jul 21, 2010 - 06:08 am .- Homosexual activists’ behavior at rallies by a touring pro-marriage event has ranged from “silly” to “crazy” and “disgraceful,” one event leader reports. Some activists disrupted a Rhode Island rally and mocked religion and children, while others intimidated a nursing mother at a New York rally.

Priest in English diocese sees ‘great excitement’ ahead of papal visit to UK

Jul 21, 2010 - 03:07 am .- A priest in England’s Catholic Diocese of Clifton says the upcoming papal visit has caused “great excitement” among those in the diocese, especially as more than 4,000 of its people will be able to see and hear Pope Benedict XVI. He also noted a “growing awareness” about how unique the beatification of Cardinal Newman will be.

Classical music concerts to raise funds for WYD 2011

Jul 21, 2010 - 12:44 am .- Organizers for World Youth Day Madrid 2011 announced a series of concerts featuring classical masterpieces which will be held to raise funds impoverished youths wanting to attend the global youth event next year.