Archive of January 9, 2004

It’s official: Pro-abortion legislators can't receive Eucharist in Diocese of Lacrosse

Jan 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In an unprecedented action, La Crosse Bishop Raymond L. Burke has issued a document clearly stating that Catholic legislators who support abortion rights or euthanasia should not present themselves to receive Communion and should be refused if they do so. The Notification was published in the weekly diocesan newspaper Thursday and was posted on the diocesan Web site, along with a 10-page pastoral letter titled "On the Dignity of Human Life and Civic Responsibility."

Family cannot be equated to other unions, Pope tells Italian Ambassador

Jan 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During the welcoming ceremony of Italy's new ambassador to the Holy See, Giuseppe Balboni Acqua, Pope John Paul II recalled that civil unions cannot be legally equated to families based on marriage.

Italy has a role in keeping Europe Christian, Pope says

Jan 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II on Friday told Italy’s new ambassador to the Holy See, Giuseppe Balboni Acqua, that Italy's rich patrimony of religious and spiritual values givers the nation a responsibility in keeping Europe Christian.

Slained Nuncio was “son of the noble land of Ireland”, Cardinal Sodano says

Jan 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On Thursday afternoon, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, celebrated a Mass for the repose of the soul of the late Archbishop Michael Courtney, Apostolic Nuncio in Burundi.

Religious orders in the US to conduct audit on sexual misconduct

Jan 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II on Friday told Italy’s new ambassador to the Holy See, Giuseppe Balboni Acqua, that Italy's rich patrimony of religious and spiritual values givers the nation a responsibility in keeping Europe Christian.

Poll reveals most Massachusetts voters want to vote on traditional marriage

Jan 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- According to a recent Zogby International poll, 69 percent of Massachusetts voters want to vote on a constitutional amendment to keep the traditional definition of marriage, the Coalition for Marriage announced Jan. 8.

John Paul II exhorts Catholic Cubans to enlighten society with peaceful dialogue

Jan 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II sent a message to mark the 200th anniversary of the Archdiocese of Santiago, Cuba, in which he encourages Catholics on the island to “serenely enlighten” the national society with a peaceful dialogue dominated by “liberty, justice, truth and love.”

Chilean authorities stop distribution of condoms at beaches

Jan 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In response to public outcry, government officials in Chile moved to prohibit the distribution of condoms to summer vacations at beaches in the country’s central region.

New Auxiliary Bishop of Miami says sun will rise on Cuba

Jan 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During his ceremony of ordination as Auxiliary Bishop of Miami, Bishop Felipe de Jesús Estévez, addressed his fellow Cubans and expressed his desire that the country might enjoy “more justice, more freedom, with all and for all, especially those who suffer.”

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