Archive of February 5, 2004

Pope slams Anti-Semitism, supports Palestinian plight

Feb 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II received on Thursday a group from the American Jewish Committee and, during brief remarks, recalled their previous visit in 1985 on the twentieth anniversary of the Conciliar Declaration, ‘Nostra Aetate,’ which “has so significantly contributed to the strengthening of Jewish-Catholic relations.”

Program for World Day of the Sick revealed

Feb 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, President of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry, presented on Thursaday at the Vatican Press office the program of the Twelfth World Day of the Sick, which will be celebrated from February 9 to 11 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Marriage, not civil unions, for same-sex couples, says Massachusetts court

Feb 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court declared yesterday that the creation of a new legal category for the union of same-sex couples – civil unions – would not comply with the state’s constitution regarding marriage. Only marriage, said the court, would comply with the state’s constitution regarding a same-sex couple’s right to marry.

Archbishop Conti accuses BBC of bias against Catholic Church

Feb 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Mario Conti of Glasgow accused the BBC of “gross insensitivity” to the Catholic Church and of encouraging “a tabloid culture” in a letter to The Herald yesterday.

Gibson may delete a scene in 'Passion'

Feb 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The New York Times reported yesterday that a close associate of Mel Gibson said the actor/director has decided to delete a controversial scene about Jews from his film “The Passion of the Christ” after receiving criticism from focus groups and Jewish groups.

Canadian Catholic development agency excludes funding for programs that distribute condoms

Feb 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Canada’s Catholic development agency has adopted a policy that excludes funding for HIV/AIDS programs that distribute condoms.

Italian referee leaves professional basketball to become missionary

Feb 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- At 28 years of age, Simone Strozzi had a successful career as a referee for Series A Italian Basketball, the most competitive in the country.  However his true passion lies off the court and after a long wait he will finally be able to pursue it: he has left the sport to become a missionary priest.

Cubans establish prison ministry to assist political prisoners

Feb 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A parish in the Cuban city of Güines has established a prison ministry to assist political prisoners in the region, according to a report from the Cubanet News Agency.

Bishops say Argentinean government should enforce Constitution and oppose abortion

Feb 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops Conference of Argentina has published a document calling attention to the protection the country’s Constitution grants to the unborn, saying all Argentineans are obligated to respect the founding document and demand that the government enforce it and not allow the legalization of abortion. 

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