Archive of January 15, 2004

Pope urges to fight violence promoting family

Jan 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II condemned this morning terrorism and said that if the society wants to defeat violence, it must promote family “as a natural society based on marriage.” The Holy Father spoke at a meeting with the administrators of the Italian region of Lazio, and the city and province of Rome who arrived at the Vatican for the traditional exchange of New Year's greetings.

Boston archdiocese to offer special training on how to reach out to victims of clergy sexual abuse

Jan 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Boston will begin to offer special training to help parish priests effectively reach out to victims of clergy sex abuse. Archbishop Sean P. O’Malley made the announcement to a crowd of 150 mental health professionals at a conference at Boston College yesterday.

Gibson 'Passion' to open on 2,000 screens

Jan 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Mel Gibson's film, "The Passion of Christ," will be released on almost 2,000 screens in the United States next month.

Debaters gives up chance to win tournament based on faith and morals

Jan 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A Christian college debate team gave up their chance to win a tournament based on their religious beliefs and principles. 

Archbishop of Montreal defends new HIV screening for seminary applicants

Jan 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Candidates for the priesthood would not be rejected based on their sexual orientation or the result of a positive HIV test, said Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte at a packed pressed conference Jan. 12 at the archdiocesan center.

Catholic Charities in Chile to take up national collection for Iranians

Jan 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Catholic Charities in Chile will launch this Sunday a national collection in all the parishes of the country in benefit of the victims of last December’s earthquake, which took place in near the city of Bam.  The quake caused 50,000 deaths and destroyed 70% of the city’s structures.

Pope tells visitors: “I love you, too.”

Jan 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During this week’s general audience, Pope John Paul II departed from his prepared speech in response to a group of Italian visitors who shouted, “We love you,” saying, “I love you, too.”

Archbishop warns of “crusade against the faith” by atheists in Argentina

Jan 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Domingo Castagna of Corrientes, Argentina, is warning that militant atheism “has theoretically and practically infected a growing number of Argentineans.”

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