Archive of February 19, 2010 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of February 19, 2010

Mexicans seek 50,000 signatures to stop same-sex 'marriage'

Feb 19, 2010 - 11:04 pm .- Various civil and religious associations of Mexico, united under the organization “Man+Woman=Marriage,” are working to collect 50,000 online signatures from Mexican voters in order to stop the recently-approved law allowing homosexuals to marry and adopt children.

Caritas Haiti working to make Haitians part of redevelopment

Feb 19, 2010 - 08:16 pm .- The director general of Caritas Haiti was at Caritas Internationalis' Vatican headquarters this week. In meetings to discuss the current situation in the nation, he expressed gratitude for the Catholic-based assistance and assured that his branch is working to make Haitians a part of their own redevelopment.

Professor says Spain's new law will not reduce abortions

Feb 19, 2010 - 07:07 pm .- The head of the Genetics department at the University of Alcala in Spain, Nicolas Jouve de la Barreda, warned this week that the government’s new law on abortion goes against medical ethics and will not reduce the number of abortions.

Announcement of Brother André’s canonization causes elated reaction

Feb 19, 2010 - 06:55 pm .- The announcement of Bl. Brother André’s Oct. 17 canonization has caused a grateful reaction and much anticipation among Catholics and Canadians devoted to the humble porter who showed great devotion to St. Joseph.

Cardinal reminds faithful: Christ wants true conversion, not hypocrisy

Feb 19, 2010 - 03:16 pm .- The Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, reminded Catholics during Mass on Ash Wednesday to strive for a “true conversion” rather than a mere cosmetic change in their lives.

Benedict XVI to participate in March 14 ecumenical celebration

Feb 19, 2010 - 02:03 pm .- The president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Walter Kasper, announced this week that Pope Benedict XVI will visit the Evangelical Lutheran Church located in Rome on March 14 for an ecumenical celebration.

'Thriller' makes Vatican list of top 10 albums

Feb 19, 2010 - 12:36 pm .- The Holy See's newspaper has released its picks for the "top ten" albums "to take to a desert island."  Among the selections are works from the Beatles, Pink Floyd and Michael Jackson's "Thriller."

Vatican spokesman: Pope has not received letter from Academy for Life members

Feb 19, 2010 - 11:59 am .- A statement written and released this week by members of the Pontifical Academy for Life against the actions of their president has not reached the Holy Father or the secretary of state, Vatican spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi said on Friday. He also expressed his misgivings that such a document would be in circulation at all.

Canada, Poland and Australia among nations to have new saints

Feb 19, 2010 - 11:08 am .- A half dozen Catholics will officially join the ranks of the Church's canonized saints this autumn. Pope Benedict XVI and the College of Cardinals approved the causes for sainthood of all of the "Blessed" candidates proposed in a consistory on Friday morning.

Repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ could affect military chaplains’ religious freedom

Feb 19, 2010 - 07:49 am .- Proposed changes allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the military could marginalize military chaplains from religions which consider homosexual acts sinful, a religious liberty group has warned.

Woman who brandished knife at abortion clinic protester now glad she did not abort

Feb 19, 2010 - 06:07 am .- A pregnant woman who brandished a knife at a pro-life advocate outside a Minnesota abortion clinic is now grateful the protester helped her decide not to have an abortion. One pro-life leader said the case shows that many people are “conflicted” about abortion and that anger is often the beginning of conversion.

New website to examine harms of pornography ‘pandemic’

Feb 19, 2010 - 04:43 am .- A new website called Pornography Harms has been launched to provide access to credible, peer-reviewed research documenting the ill effects of pornography. The site was created by Patrick Trueman, a former chief of the U.S. Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section.

Children with same-sex parents prone to suicide, study reveals

Feb 19, 2010 - 01:57 am .- A study presented at the symposium in Mexico, “Homosexual Adoption: What Science Has Discovered,” revealed that most children adopted by same-sex couples display “greater levels of stress,”  and suffer from “suicidal tendencies and attempts.”

Politically motivated murders of Mosul Christians causing emigration, archbishop warns

Feb 19, 2010 - 12:15 am .- Following a series of murders of Christians in Mosul, the Archbishop of Mosul has warned that they all may leave the ancient Christian center if the violence continues. The killings are part of an effort to force believers to leave Mosul, he reported, urging more media coverage of the persecution.