Archive of December 10, 2003

God is not indifferent to human suffering, Pope says

Dec 10, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Commenting on a hymn from Revelation 19, Pope John Paul said during the general audience on Wednesday that God is not indifferent to human needs. Continuing his catechesis on the psalms and canticles which are part of the prayer of vespers, the Pontiff spoke  about the hymn from the book of Revelation mainly composed of alleluias and acclamations.

Vatican: conflicts must not stop humanitarian aid to hot zones

Dec 10, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations Office in Geneva said that the doors to humanitarian aid in hot zones around the world must remain open in spite of conflict.

Marian Year Inaugurated at National Shrine in DC

Dec 10, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Next year will mark the 150th anniversary of the solemn proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception and the U.S. Church decided to mark the beginning of the celebrations at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Dec. 8.

Abortions in Pennsylvania down for 2002, bishops reveal

Dec 10, 2003 - 12:00 am .- As a result of intense pro-life activity, the number of abortions in the state of Pennsylvania declined in 2002 by nearly five percent, but that’s no reason for pro-life Pennsylvanians to rest on their heels, says the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference (PCC).

Chicken ad plucked after offending Catholics in Canada

Dec 10, 2003 - 12:00 am .- A Quebec TV ad, featuring a priest and his congregation singing the praises of a barbecue chicken chain as a hymn at mass, has ruffled more than a few Catholic feathers in Canada’s French province, reported the Globe and Mail.

Offensive `nun’ ad draws national Catholic protest in Canada

Dec 10, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The image of a young black woman, dressed as a nun in a low-cut habit and showing her bare midriff to promote an online music service has gotten many Canadian Catholics up in arms.

Costa Rica and Unites States achieve pro-life victory on cloning issue at the UN

Dec 10, 2003 - 12:00 am .- A new effort by Costa Rica on Tuesday to obtain a total ban on human cloning—with the support of the United States—was successful as an agreement by consensus was established that obliges the UN to debate the issue in 10 months, instead of postponing the debate for 2 years according to proposals by some European Union countries.

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