Archive of December 12, 2003

Pope insists: Europe must preserve its Christian identity

Dec 12, 2003 - 12:00 am .- On the eve of a crucial meeting in Brussels that will define the new European Constitution Pope John Paul II insisted that Europe must keep its Christian identity. Presiding on Thursday evening at a Mass for 10,000 students from universities in Rome in preparation for Christmas, the Pontiff said “the most intimate human aspirations find their full response only in God.

Pope evaluates ending year: a moral sense in public life is needed

Dec 12, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II made a quick evaluation of the ending year in a speech delivered to four new ambassadors to the Holy See, including the first ambassador ever from Qatar. Speaking in French, the Pope accepted the diplomatic credentials of Birger Dan Nielsen of Denmark, Walter Woon of Singapore, Mohamad Jaham Abdulaziz Al-Kawari of Qatar and Priit Kolbre of Estonia.

Pope encourages performers of fund-raising Christmas concert

Dec 12, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The Pope John Paul II received on Friday a group of artists who will perform at the traditional Christmas concert in the Vatican, which will take place on Saturday evening in the Paul VI Hall.

Two years after major stroke, Mother Angelica lives life of prayer

Dec 12, 2003 - 12:00 am .- An official press release from the Eternal World Television Network (EWTN) announced that almost two years after suffering a major stroke, Mother Angelica, foundress of EWTN, is still improving and leading a life of prayer at the Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville.

Bishops' official applauds Abortion Non-Discrimination Act

Dec 12, 2003 - 12:00 am .- A new act, which does not discriminate against health-care professionals who choose not to perform an abortion, received praise from an official of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Native Americans venerate Our Lady of Guadalupe

Dec 12, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe is expected to gather hundreds of people today in Cowlic, a village on the Tohono O'odham Reservation, about 75 miles southwest of Tucson, reported the Arizona Daily Star.

Filippino Catholics launch new Marian ‘army’ against abortion

Dec 12, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Hundreds of Filippino Catholics gathered at the cathedral in Manila today, on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, to pray for the intercession of Mary in the creation of a law, considered to be anti-family and favorable to abortion, and to launch a new pro-life organization, reported AsiaNews. The law is currently being reviewed by Congress.

Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue meets to finalize document on ‘The Church as way of Salvation’

Dec 12, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Representatives of the Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue in the United States met Dec. 4-7 at St. Paul’s College to finalize a text on the long-awaited study of koinonia, or communion. The extensive study is expected to be made public in April.

650,000 sign petition to include Christianity in EU Constitution

Dec 12, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Members of the European Parliament presented to the Vice Prime Minister Gianfranco Fini a petition signed by more than 650,000 people calling for the inclusion of a reference to the “Christian heritage” in the future EU Constitution.

Church working with Colombian government to re-launch efforts to free hostages

Dec 12, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic Church and the Columbian government have reached an agreement that will strengthen the negotiating committee, which is seeking to reach an agreement with the Revolutionary Forces of Columbia (FARC) for the release of the hostages being held by the guerrilla group.

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