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.’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.