Archive of December 1, 2003

Pope urges world religions to unite against violence

Dec 1, 2003 - 12:00 am .- During the prayer of the Angelus last Sunday, which marked the beginning of Advent, Pope John Paul II called religions to unite against violence in the world.The Pontiff recalled that Advent is “a journey of spiritual renovation in preparation for Christmas.

Human sufferings, oppressed churches in Pope’s prayer intentions

Dec 1, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The Holy See announced today the prayer intentions of Pope John Paul II for December, which concern human suffering and the churches under totalitarian regimes.

Vatican proposes “holistic” approach to fight AIDS, not limited to condoms

Dec 1, 2003 - 12:00 am .- On the occasion of World AIDS Day, celebrated worldwide on December 1st, Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, President of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry, issued a statement calling for a more integral approach to fighting AIDS, not limited to so-called “safe sex.”

In message to Orthodox, Pope express hope of reconciliation

Dec 1, 2003 - 12:00 am .- In a message sent to the Orthodox leaders of Constantinople on the Feast of St. Andrew, Pope John Paul II expressed his hope that Jesus will restore the unity between Catholics and Orthodox.

Jewish organization greets Pope John Paul for his 25th Anniversary

Dec 1, 2003 - 12:00 am .- On Monday morning, Pope  John Paul II received members of the European section of the Simon Wiesenthal Center of Paris, an institution founded in 1977 in order to preserve the memory of the Holocaust.

Pope mourns Spanish victims of last terrorist attack in Iraq

Dec 1, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, sent a telegram of condolence on behalf of the Holy Father to José María Aznar, President of the Spanish government, for the terrorist attack in Iraq that killed seven Spanish intelligence agents on November 29.

Bishops of Massachusetts call Catholics to campaign against same-sex marriage

Dec 1, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Catholic bishops in Massachusetts are urging the faithful to mobilize against the recent Supreme Judicial Court's ruling that will allow for same-sex marriage, and are advocating a constitutional amendment that reaffirms marriage as the union between one man and one woman.

California court to decide if Catholic employer can be exempt from contraceptive law

Dec 1, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The California Supreme Court is set to hear a case Tuesday and decide if Catholic Charities, a Church-based outreach program, can be exempt from state laws requiring them to include contraceptives in employee prescription drug plans, reported the Associated Press.

Wichita bishop sees challenge in new diocese appointment

Dec 1, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Wichita has mixed emotions as he prepares to take over the much larger and troubled Diocese of Phoenix, reported the Associated Press Nov. 28.

CAM 2 Congress closes with joyous festivities

Dec 1, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Amidst joyous festivities in the presence of the pilgrim images of Christ of Esquipulas y Our Lady of Guadalupe, the II American Missionary Congress, which brought together more than three thousand people from across the continent, came to a conclusion yesterday in the National Stadium of Guatemala.

Spanish group offers help in overcoming post-abortion syndrome

Dec 1, 2003 - 12:00 am .- In the face of growing numbers of women who suffer from post-abortion syndrome and the lack of specialized studies on this problem that affects almost 1 million Spanish women, a new association has been founded to provide research and assistance from various metal health professionals.

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