Archive of February 27, 2004

Christian values not politics bond Europe, the Pope says

Feb 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II said today that it is not economic or political interests, or alliances of convenience, that forge bonds among peoples in Europe. Rather, the building blocks of a unified Europe must be the Christian and moral values common to all.

John Paul II mourns President of Macedonia

Feb 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Holy Father sent a telegram of condolence to the authorities of Macedonia upon the death of Boris Trajkovski, President of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, who was killed in a plane crash.

Pope calls on Bosnia-Herzegovina to resolve problems of local populations

Feb 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II called on Bosnians this morning to take up “the path of peace and justice,” and create “conditions for sincere forgiveness and authentic reconciliation, freeing the memory of rancor and hatred derived from injustices suffered from artificially constructed prejudices.”

Anglican chancellor and scholar to retire, convert to Catholicism

Feb 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Canon Edward Norman, the chancellor of York Minster Cathedral and a leading Anglican scholar, has announced that he is converting to Catholicism when he retires in May, calling it “a shaft of light before the sun sets,” reported the Daily Telegraph Feb. 24.

Harvard law professor says same-sex marriage not about civil rights, but special preference

Feb 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A Catholic Harvard University law professor says all U.S. citizens should welcome President George W. Bush’s endorsement of a constitutional amendment to protect the institution of marriage, based on the implications of same-sex marriage.

‘Confessional on wheels’ to tour Central Europe

Feb 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Germany has prepared a “mobile confessional” in an effort to re-awaken enthusiasm for the sacrament of reconciliation among the faithful of Central Europe.

“Deafness to the voice of God” is the problem of our age, says Cardinal Ratzinger

Feb 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In an interview with the Itailian daily, “Il Tempo,” Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said that “deafness to the voice of God” is the principal problem of our age.

Catholic Charities warns two million Haitians are in danger of starvation

Feb 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Director of Catholic Charities in Haiti, Wilnus Tilus, is warning the international community about the alarming risk to food supplies which could affect up to two million Haitians, half of the country’s population.

Book on John Paul II, the Pope that changed the world, is published

Feb 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- George Bush, senior, ex-Soviet leader Mikail Gorbachov and ex-president of Italy Francesco Cossiga are but a few of the figures that share their impressions of Pope John Paul II in a new book entitled, “The Force of the Moment.”

Committee investigating sex abuse: selection of candidates, priestly formation is key

Feb 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Robert S. Bennett, a Washington attorney heading the research committee of the National Review Board for the protection of Children and Young People, said the screening and formation of seminarians is the key to prevent sexual misconduct by priests. Mr. Bennett called other organizations to do the same that the USCCB have done: create strongly independent boards to discover the extend of child abuse and to prevent it.

Changes are being made to correct the crisis, USCCB President says

Feb 27, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Belleville Bishop Wilton D. Gregory, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, said that bishops in the US are taking significant steps to better screen vocations and improve formation at the seminaries, and that there is still a strong commitment to improve measure to prevent sexual abuse.

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