Archive of December 22, 2003

Vatican announces new saints and blessed, including an Emperor and  “martyr of life”

Dec 22, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Last Saturday, Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, President of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, announced in the presence of Pope John Paul, the decrees recognizing the miracles of four future saints and seven blessed, among them the “martyr of life,” Gianna Bereta Molla, and Austrian Emperor Charles I, after whom Pope John Paul was christened “Karol” (Charles.)

Following Mary’s humility an excellent way to prepare for Christmas, Pope says

Dec 22, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul said on Sunday, during the Angelus prayer, that the proximity of Christmas highlights the figure of Mary as a model to prepare human hearts for the coming of the Lord.

May Christ be always at the center of our lives, Pope tells Roman curia

Dec 22, 2003 - 12:00 am .- During the traditional Christmas gathering with cardinals, archbishops, bishops and members of the Roman Curia, Pope John Paul recalled this Monday that Christ should be at the center of their lives as a way to give a faithful witness to the world.

Most Americans support ban on gay “marriage,” NYT reveals

Dec 22, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The latest New York Times/CBS News poll has found widespread support for an amendment to the United States Constitution to ban gay marriage, revealed the New York Times on December 20.

New bishop to unify Diocese of Phoenix

Dec 22, 2003 - 12:00 am .- God’s love "forces us to face the scandal of child abuse squarely and to combat it with honesty and determination," said Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted in his homily during his installation as the fourth Catholic bishop of Phoenix Dec. 20.

Being called by Christ ‘entails great risk’: Bishop Olmstead

Dec 22, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The lives of priests and bishops entail great risk for they are placed in the middle of the most important struggles of human life, said Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, the new bishop of the Diocese of Pheonix, in his first meeting with the priests of the diocese Dec. 19.

EWTN expands to satellite radio

Dec 22, 2003 - 12:00 am .- EWTN Global Catholic Network has signed agreements with SIRIUS Satellite Radio for the carriage of its 24-hour English and Spanish radio programming beginning in January.

'Gospel is not for sale': Ugandan Anglicans on gay ordination

Dec 22, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not for sale. That was the firm and unmoveable response of the Anglican Church of Uganda after the U.S. Episcopalian Church said it planned to send a delegation and financial aid to the installation of an Anglican bishop in Uganda.

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