Archive of December 16, 2003

In document also addressed to terrorists, Pope calls for reform of the UN

Dec 16, 2003 - 12:00 am .- In his Message for World Day of Peace, celebrated each year on January 1st, Pope John Paul II called for a reform of the United Nations in order to prevent the rule of the most powerful. The message, entitled “An Ever Timely Commitment: Teaching Peace,” was made public on Tuesday by Cardinal Renato R. Martino and has been published in Italian, French, English, German, Spanish and Portuguese.

Pope appoints well known pro-lifer to key Archdiocese in Italy

Dec 16, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II designated Archbishop Carlo Caffara, a well-known pro-life theologian, to replace Cardinal Giacomo Biffi as Archbishop of the northern Italian diocese of Bologna.

Millions of Canadians unable to recognize same-sex marriage, says interfaith coalition

Dec 16, 2003 - 12:00 am .- An interfaith coalition, which includes the Catholic Civil Rights League, has requested intervenor status in the upcoming deliberations of the Supreme Court regarding same-sex marriage draft legislation. The coalition says that changing the definition of marriage will have “a profound impact on clergy and religious institutions,” reported Canadian Catholic News.

Legislation on same-sex marriage threatens freedom of religion: Ontario bishops

Dec 16, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The Ontario Conference of Catholic Bishops (OCCB) is moving full-steam ahead with its campaign in defense of heterosexual marriage. The campaign includes grassroots lobbying of members of Parliament and a request to the Supreme Court of Canada for intervener status in the review process of the government’s same-sex marriage law.

University students in Chile take part in Christmas outreach to the poor

Dec 16, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The campus ministry office of the Archdiocese of Santiago launched a Christmas campaign this week in order to encourage young people to recognize Christ in the city’s poor and to give them “gifts of love.”

Cause for Beatification opened for 124 Korean martyrs

Dec 16, 2003 - 12:00 am .- This week the Holy See approved the opening of the cause for beatification of Paul Yun Ji-Chung and 123 companions, who were tortured and killed for their faith in 1791, when Christianity was being introduced in Korea.

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