Archive of February 11, 2004

Pope appoints two Eastern European Archbishops to key roles in the Roman Curia

Feb 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II appointed to Eastern European Archbishops to key roles in the Roman Curia. The Pope accepted the resignation of Spanish Cardinal Eduardo Martinez Somalo as head of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, and appointed as his replacement Archbishop Franc Rodé, of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

World Day of Sick recalls meaning of life, connection to Lourdes: Pope

Feb 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- It is a great act of love to take care of those who suffer, said Pope John Paul II today in his general audience on the occasion of the World Day of the Sick. For Christians today, suffering is also a gift for the Church and the world, he said.

Two Catholic ministries launch ‘Catholic Passion Outreach’

Feb 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A Catholic publisher and a Catholic Internet portal have teamed up to launch an outreach to promote and respond to the evangelization opportunity presented by the release of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 25.

Media study calculates more than 1,300 priests were accused of sexual abuse since 1950

Feb 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Just two weeks before the release of an unprecedented national report on clergy sexual abuse in the U.S. Church, the Associated Press said its review of diocesan reports indicates that 1,341 priests have been accused of abusing minors in the last five decades.

To forget Christian roots of Europe is “avoid who we are” says Spanish Cardinal

Feb 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Speaking at a conference at the University of Cordoba, Spain, the Archbishop of Seville, Cardinal Carlos Amigo Vallejo, said that to forget the Christian roots of Europe in the future EU Constitution “means to avoid who we are and what the Church has meant in this context.”

Approved miracle of Father Hurtado paves way for canonization this year

Feb 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Chile is celebrating the approval of a new miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Alberto Hurtado, who could be canonized this year.

National media mistreating Mexican bishops for their pro-life stance, says Archdiocese of Mexico

Feb 11, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Mexico’s weekly newspaper is denouncing the national media’s mistreatment of the Mexican bishops for their defense of the unborn and their opposition to abortifacient drugs.

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