Archive of January 16, 2004

Pope sees hope in dialogue between Catholics and Chief Rabbinate

Jan 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II says “the official dialogue established between the Catholic Church and the Chief Rabbinate of Israel is a sign of great hope.” The Holy Father welcomed Jona Metzgher and Slomo Amar, Chief Rabbis of Israel, and Oded Wiener, Director General of the Chief Rabbinate, who are in Rome to attend the Concert of Reconciliation that will be performed tomorrow evening in the Paul VI Hall.

John Paul II calls on women to take care for mankind

Jan 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II called women to be aware of their true vocation and follow the mission given by God: to care for mankind. This Holy Father received the participants in the national congress of the Italian Women's Center as they reflected on the theme, "Women as They Face the Expectations of the World."

St. John of Avila to be declared Doctor of the Church

Jan 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Representatives of the Spanish Bishops Conference have announced that the cause to have St. John of Avila declared “Doctor of the Church” will soon receive official approval.

Worship patterns, congregations changing in England

Jan 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A recent report by Christian Research indicates that church attendance has dramatically declined in England, but Anglican ministers and Roman Catholic priests disagree, saying that the statistics are an indicator of change rather than decline.

Gibson says won't be deterred from Passion of the Christ even though it might kill his career

Jan 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In exclusive interview on EWTN Global Network, Mel Gibson said he thinks his latest movie, “The Passion of the Christ”, may end his Hollywood career, but he doesn’t care.

To allow abortion is to give a green light to murder, says Venezuelan bishop

Jan 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Jorge Urosa Savino of Valencia, Venezuela, is warning that the proposed reform of the country’s penal code which will be brought before the national assembly would open the door to the legalization of abortion, adding that to allow it “would be like giving a green light to murder.”

Salvadoran Archbishop calls for respect in presidential campaign

Jan 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In statements to members of the local media, Archbishop Fernando Sáenz Lacalle of San Salvador, El Salvador, called for respect among the different political parties in the current presidential campaign.

Roman Catholic church attacked in Sri Lanka

Jan 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- An unidentified gang attacked yet another Roman Catholic church yesterday in Katuwana, 30 km south-east of the capital, destroyed statues and set fire to part of the building. In the last two months, at least 25 Catholic churches and other Christian centres have been attacked.

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