Archive of December 3, 2003

God sustains us “in the desert of history,” Pope says

Dec 3, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Commenting on Psalm 113 A, “Miracles of the Exodus from Egypt,” Pope John Paul II said this Wednesday during the general audience that God sustains human beings while they journey through the “desert of history.”

U.S. girl kisses, caresses the Pope during general audience

Dec 3, 2003 - 12:00 am .- A 3-year old U.S. girl kissed and caressed Pope John Paul during the general audience. With outstanding familiarity, the unknown U.S. girl of Polish descent approached the Holy Father and surprised him by kissing him on the mouth. The Pope smiled.

The Immaculate Conception, source of hope for the suffering, Pope says

Dec 3, 2003 - 12:00 am .- In a message for the World Day of the Sick, which will be celebrated on February 11 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes (France), where the Virgin appeared on the same day in 1858, Pope John Paul II said that the miracle of the Immaculate Conception is a source of hope for the suffering.

U.S. bishops urge Congress to approve bill banning human patents

Dec 3, 2003 - 12:00 am .- A bill banning the patenting of human organisms must be approved by the Senate to prevent the commodifying and marketing human beings, said Cardinal William Keeler in a letter to Senator Bill Frist.

Catholic challenge to contraception law is rejected in New York

Dec 3, 2003 - 12:00 am .- A New York court ruled that a law, requiring employers to include contraceptives in drug prescription plans, does not intrude on the rights of religious organizations, reported the Associated Press.

Utah polygamist pleas case based on sodomy ruling

Dec 3, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The Supreme Court decision decriminalizing sodomy led a Utah man with five wives to argue in court Dec. 1 that his bigamy convictions should be dismissed, reported the Associated Press.

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