Archive of January 19, 2004

At “Reconciliation Concert” Pope calls monotheistic leaders to have courage for peace

Jan 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- At the end of a concert dedicated to reconciliation among Jews, Christians and Muslims held at the Paul VI Hall last Saturday evening, Pope John Paul II called on leaders of the monotheistic religions to have to courage to promote peace. The concert was attended by representatives from various international Jewish organizations, Churches and ecclesial communities, and Islamic groups.

Division of Christians “a painful trial” the Pope says

Jan 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During the recitation of the Angelus last Sunday, Pope John Paul II reflected on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, and said that the division among Christians is still a “painful trial.” The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begun on Sunday and ends January 25.

Pope praises ecumenical progress with Lutherans

Jan 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II expressed his optimism on the dialogue with Lutherans this Monday during the encounter with an ecumenical delegation from Finland.

One million Catholic families urged to take action to uphold traditional marriage

Jan 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In anticipation of a vote in the state Legislature on a constitutional amendment regarding same-sex marriage Feb. 11, the state's Roman Catholic Church began a direct-mail campaign last week, encouraging Catholics to take action.

Archbishop aims call at some Catholic politicians

Jan 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Catholic politicians who support abortion, assisted suicide or any other issues out-of-step with Church teachings on life issues should refrain from receiving Communion, says Archbishop Alfred C. Hughes of New Orleans. 

Cincinnati to have good showing at national March for Life

Jan 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Catholics of the archdiocese of Cincinnati will be well represented at the national March for Life Jan. 22 in Washington, D.C.

Mexican bishops pleased with exoneration of Cardinal Sandoval

Jan 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The bishops of Mexico have expressed to President Vicente Fox their satisfaction with the decision by the Attorney General to exonerate Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iñiguez of Guadalajara and some of associates of false charges of money laundering and fraud.

UN recognizes Catholic Church as “excellent partner” in the struggle against AIDS

Jan 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican news agency Fides has published the recent comments of Desmond Johns, head of the UN’s Department for AIDS (UNAIDS), in which he stressed the important role of the Catholic Church in helping to eliminate the virus and help those who suffer.

Church in Spain firmly behind cause for beatification of Queen Isabel

Jan 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Since last year the Catholic Church in Spain has been sponsoring a series of activities in support of the cause for beatification of Queen Isabel, who died 500 years ago next November 26.

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