Archive of December 4, 2003

Pope calls for radical renewal of liturgical and religious music

Dec 4, 2003 - 12:00 am .- To mark the 100th anniversary of Pope St. Pius X’s motu propio on the renewal of sacred music, “Tra le sollecitudini,” Pope John Paul II has issued a personal letter calling for the Church to embark on a profound renewal of liturgical and sacred music.

Boston Archbishop to sell residence

Dec 4, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Boston officially announced on Wednesday that it is about to sell the Archbishop's grand residence located in the upscale Bostonian neighborhood of Brighton.

Pope commemorates great Ukranian famine of 1932-33, recalls victims of Communism

Dec 4, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II has sent a message to Ukrainian Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, Archbishop of Lviv of the Ukrainians, and Cardinal Marian Jaworsky, Archbishop of Lviv of the Latins, to mark the 70th anniversary of the Great Famine of 1932-33, instigated by Joseph Stalin in the Ukraine aimed at killing Catholics.

Pope recalls trip to Bosnia, calls for spiritual renewal

Dec 4, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II received on Thursday members of the committee that organized his pastoral visit on June 22, 2003 to Bosnia Herzegovina, and called on the Church in the country to promote a spiritual renewal to bring peace and prosperity.

Pope wishes peace to Iraq during audience with newly elected Patriarch

Dec 4, 2003 - 12:00 am .- On Wednesday afternoon,  Pope John Paul II  received in audience His Beatitude Emmanuel III Dely, the new Patriarch of Babylonia of the Chaldeans, Iraq, who was elected at the end of the Synod of Bishops of the Chaldean Catholic Church, which took place on December 2-3 at the Vatican.

Catholic Church in Illinois challenges law giving accusers more time to sue

Dec 4, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic Church in Illinois, which includes the Archdiocese of Chicago, is challenging a new state law that grants more time for lawsuits to be filed over sexual abuse cases, stating that the new law bears “no rhyme or reason.”

California High Court holds decision on Catholic Church and contraceptive law

Dec 4, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The California Supreme Court has made no immediate decision in the appeal of the local Catholic Church to be exempted from a state law requiring employers, who offer prescription drug plans, to include coverage for contraceptives.

Pre-Christmas consumerism gives way to agnosticism, warns Spanish Archbishop

Dec 4, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Lluís Martínez Sistach of Tarragona, Spain, is warning Catholics that the enormous amount of consumerism that is prevalent in the days before Christmas leads to an agnosticism that “pushes having and not being.”

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