Archive of February 24, 2004

Pope hopes that Catholic Church will enjoy full freedom in Mexico

Feb 24, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II said this morning that “it is to be hoped that the Church in Mexico will be able to enjoy full freedom in all areas where she develops her pastoral and social mission.” In his message to Javier Moctezuma Barragan, the new ambassador from Mexico to the Holy See, the Holy Father underscored the re-establishing of diplomatic relations between Mexico and the Holy See in September 1992.

Holy See proposes treatment by experts to prevent sexual misconduct by priests

Feb 24, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Pontifical Academy for Life published yesterday a report containing the reflections of a study group convened by the Holy See to tackle the problem of sexual misconduct by priests.  The report states that the help of experts in diverse areas is necessary to address the problem.

Ebert and Roeper give Gibson film ‘two thumbs way up’

Feb 24, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The renowned film-reviewing duo, Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper, has given Mel Gibson’s film “The Passion of The Christ” their highest trademark rating: two thumbs way up.

Holy See announces busy papal schedule for coming weeks

Feb 24, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff published today the calendar of celebrations that are scheduled to be presided over by the Holy Father until April.

Defending marriage protects children and families: Archbishop Chaput

Feb 24, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput urged people to wake up, organize and act in order to defend the legal definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman for the sake of raising a family.

Belgian bishop warns of risks to children adopted by homosexuals

Feb 24, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During a conference which took place at the University of Navarre in Spain, Bishop André Léonard of Namur, Belgium, explained that the adoption of the children by homosexual couples implies an injustice because it provokes “an anti-natural situation which will not be healthy for the child’s development.”

Cubans mourn passing of Auxiliary Bishop of Havana

Feb 24, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday thousands of people attended the funeral rites for Auxiliary Bishop Salvador Riverón of Havana, who died Sunday at 55 years of age from advanced cancer.

Cincinnati archbishop says homosexuals should be protected from discrimination

Feb 24, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a move to protect homosexuals from discrimination, the Archbishop of Cincinnati has joined more than 40 religious leaders of all faiths in supporting the repeal of an amendment, which prohibits City Council from passing rights laws for homosexuals.

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