Archive of January 22, 2004

Vatican issues official statement on “The Passion of the Christ”

Jan 22, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Trying to put an end to the controversy sparked over whether or not John Paul II said “it is as it was”  regarding Mel Gibson's film “Passion of the Christ,”  the Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin Navarro-Valls issued a statement confirming the Pope's comments were not intended to become  “official.”

Cardinal Kasper to go to Moscow in February

Jan 22, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Joaquin Navarro-Valls, Holy See Press Office director announced today that Cardinal Walter Kasper, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, will go to Moscow on February 16. The Cardinal is responding to an invitation of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of the Russian Federation.

Goal of today's March for Life: ‘overturn Roe vs Wade’ organizer says

Jan 22, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Thousands of demonstrators will gather for the annual March for Life rally in Washington, D.C., today with the goal of having the Roe vs Wade decision, which legalized abortion in the United States 31 years ago, overturned.

Gibson expects ‘the worst is yet to come’

Jan 22, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During yet another screening of his film on the Passion of Christ, Mel Gibson predicted that "the worst is yet to come," reported Reuters.

Catholic health ministry urges President Bush to hold White House health care summit

Jan 22, 2004 - 12:00 am .- President George W. Bush’s plan for expanding health coverage “falls short of addressing the dire circumstances surrounding more than 43 million individuals who are uninsured and the millions more who are underinsured,” said Fr. Michael D. Place.

HLI calls on Argentinean President to withdraw pro-abortion Supreme Court nomination

Jan 22, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In an open letter addressed to Argentinean President Néstor Kirchner, Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer and Dr. Ignacion Barreiro, President and Director of Human Life International (HLI) respectively, have requested the withdrawal of the nomination of Dr. Carmen Argibay to the Argentinean Supreme Court.

Argentinean Bishop says “magnifying glass” necessary to find good politicians

Jan 22, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Joaquín Piña of Puerto Iguazú, Argentina, is encouraging the faithful to trust that there are good politicians out there, even though one might need a “magnifying glass to find them,” and he expressed his hope that “a better society can be built and that corrupt politicians who up to now have attempted to deceive people with speeches that almost no one believes would be thrown out.”

Numbers of Protestants in Europe on the decline, thousands of churches being sold

Jan 22, 2004 - 12:00 am .- New statistics are indicating that in European countries of protestant tradition, the last three decades have seen an increasing decline in the number of protestant faithful accompanied by the rental and sale of more than two thousand churches. In countries such as Sweden, Denmark, Great Britain, Germany and Holland, many churches have been converted into bank offices, supermarkets, museums and student residences.

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