Archive of February 4, 2004

Christians must ponder their own moral integrity before taking Holy Communion, Pope says

Feb 4, 2004 - 12:00 am .- While commenting on Psalm 14, “Who is worthy to be before the Lord?,” Pope John Paul II said during his general audience today that Christians must ponder their own moral integrity in an examination of conscience before going to Holy Communion.

Catholic League report puts clergy sexual abuse in context

Feb 4, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In anticipation of two major studies on clergy sexual abuse that will be released Feb. 27, the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights issued a report to help put the recent scandal in the Catholic Church in perspective. The report was printed to counter the assumption that the problem of sexual abuse is worse in the Church than in any other sector of society.

Baptists launch evangelization campaign based on ‘The Passion’

Feb 4, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Baptist General Convention of Texas is hoping Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ”, to be released in theaters Ash Wednesday, will be a good opportunity for outreach and evangelization.

Important step in dialogue between Catholics and the Coptic Orthodox Church

Feb 4, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican Press office released today an account of the first meeting of the International Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Coptic Orthodox Churches held on January 27 to 30 in Cairo, Egypt.

Catholic prisoners of conscience denied religious assistance

Feb 4, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Authorities of the Guanajay Prison in Havana are continuing to deny religious assistance to eight Catholic prisoners of conscience, who have been requesting clergy visits for over nine months.

Spanish bishops call for protection of the family from serious signs of disintegration

Feb 4, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Spanish Bishops Conference is calling for a law to protect the family from the disintegration and re-definition to which it is currently being subjected in the country.  The petition appears in a document that was approved by the Plenary Assembly of the Spanish Episcopate last November and presented recently by the president of the body’s Subcommitte on the Family, Bishop Juan Antonio Reig of Segorbe-Castellón.

Colombian bishops announce first agreement between the government and the FARC

Feb 4, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Vice President of the Colombian Bishops Conference, Bishop Luis Augusto Castro, announced that the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have reached an agreement for the first time in negotiations sponsored by the Catholic Church.

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