Archive of November 21, 2003

Vatican condemns attack against British Consulate in Turkey

Nov 21, 2003 - 12:00 am .- On Thursday, Cardinal Angelo Sodano sent a telegram of condolence in the Holy Father’s name to Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey, upon the news of yesterday’s terrorist attacks in Istanbul that targeted several buildings, including the British consulate.

Catholic charitable activity cannot forget the main goal of bringing people to God, Pope says

Nov 21, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Addressing the participants in the twenty-fifth plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum,” the Vatican organization dedicated to charitable activity, Pope John Paul recalled that Catholic concern for the poor cannot be disassociated with the announcement of the Gospel.

Pope appoints Cuban-American Bishop in Miami

Nov 21, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II appointed the Very Reverend Felipe de Jesus Estevez, director of spiritual formation of the St. Paul Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida, as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Miami.

Vatican Theologian says homosexual “weddings” have no justification

Nov 21, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Father Gino Concetti, theologian of the official Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano, is denouncing the decision of the Massachusetts Supreme Court on homosexual marriages, saying the possibility of establishing a “marriage” between persons of the same sex “gravely wounds the human dignity and should never be justified.”

Vatican clears up rumors of Fatima becoming an interfaith shrine

Nov 21, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The world-famous Fatima shrine will not be turned into a multi-faith pilgrim center, confirmed a Vatican official yesterday.

Lay dissident group remains banned from Boston Archdiocese

Nov 21, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Despite a "positive" first meeting with Boston Archbishop Sean O'Malley, new Voice of the Faithful chapters are still banned from archdiocesan parishes, a spokesperson from the Archdiocese of Denver said.

U.S. Congress approves Medal of Freedom to Pope John Paul

Nov 21, 2003 - 12:00 am .- A resolution in the Senate to award Pope John Paul II the Presidential Medal of Freedom passed without a single objection on Wednesday evening.

Archbishop of El Salvador calls to vote for life in coming elections

Nov 21, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop Fernando Sáenz Lacalle of San Salvador, El Salvador, is calling on Salvadorans to cast their votes in the coming March 2004 elections, giving special attention to the issue of respect for life.

Archbishop of San Antonio warns Catholics of Costa Rican cult

Nov 21, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Patrick Flores of San Antonio is urging Catholics to stay away from Costa Rican cult in which a former San Antonio priest has taken refuge, reported the Houston Chronicle.

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