Archive of November 18, 2003

Parish life is “central and irreplaceable” for the Church, Pope says

Nov 18, 2003 - 12:00 am .- In a message sent to the Italian Bishops’ Conference (CEI) currently gathered in Assisi, Pope John Paul II stressed the importance of parishes in the life of the Church. “Your concern as pastors,” writes the Pope, “will be focused on this occasion on the topic of the parish, very opportunely presented in the program of your assembly as the ‘Church living in the midst of the homes of Her sons and daughters.’

Vatican calls on Muslims to be builders of peace in end-of-Ramadan message

Nov 18, 2003 - 12:00 am .- In the annual message from the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue to Muslims on the occasion of the end of “Id Al-Fitr”, the feast that concludes the month of Ramadan, the Vatican called on Muslims around the world to cooperate in building peace.

Chaldean priest pleads for political order to keep Iraq from becoming another Palestine

Nov 18, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Speaking to the Fides news agency, Father Denka H. Toma, Superior General of the Antonian Order of St. Ormizda of the Chaldeans—the only chaldean religious order present in Iraq—called on the international community to avoid letting the country become another Palestine.

Bishop defends Catholic statement opposing same-sex unions

Nov 18, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Marriage is in a crisis in the U.S., and the legalization of same-sex marriages would be another diminishing of society, just like abortion, said Bishop J. Kevin Boland yesterday at a press conference, reported the Associated Press.

Brooklyn diocese celebrates 150 years

Nov 18, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The Diocese of Brooklyn celebrated its 150th anniversary by toasting its immigrants community who organized the diocese and continue to allow it to thrive today.

Workers boycott stops construction of abortion clinic

Nov 18, 2003 - 12:00 am .- A contractor hired to build an abortion clinic quit his job this month after all of his workers and subcontractors boycotted the project and refused to work for him, reported the Associated Press Nov. 14.

Bishops warn of proposals aiming to legalize abortion in Argentina

Nov 18, 2003 - 12:00 am .- As the Bishops Conference of Argentina concluded their 86th General Assembly, the Argentinean prelates published a message in which they warn of the existence of “proposed laws that aim to legalize the horrendous crime of abortion” and underline the necessity for “laws that promote life.”

Church leaders and families unite to oppose legalization of drugs in Mexican prisons

Nov 18, 2003 - 12:00 am .- A noted pro-family group has joined efforts with the Mexican bishops in urging the rejection of a proposal to legalize the use of drugs in the country’s prisons in order to “diminish” drug-trafficking.

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