Archive of March 5, 2004

Pontifical University announces conference on “The Passion of the Christ” at the Vatican

Mar 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Piero Coda, consulter of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and professor at the Lateran University, announced that the Pontifical University, with the support of the Holy See, will organize a “round table discussion with other religions” on the movie “The Passion of the Christ” by Mel Gibson.

Forgiveness, strength in 'The Passion' essential to deal with crisis, says bishop

Mar 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Forgiveness and strength, as demonstrated by Jesus and Mary in Mel Gibson’s film, “The Passion of the Christ”, are necessary in order to face the sexual-abuse crisis that hit the U.S. Church, said Bishop Samuel J. Aquila in a letter to the faithful of the Diocese of Fargo.

Annan supports of abortion advocates, raises questions of objectivity: C-FAM

Mar 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The UN Secretary General called an international coalition that advocates abortion on demand for women and girls a “shining example”, adding that the world would be a better place if more organizations, similar to it, existed, reported C-FAM, the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute.

Judge rules against removal of anti-Catholic statue on university campus

Mar 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A federal judge in Kansas has ruled that Washburn University did not violate the constitution by prominently displaying a sculpture that depicts a Catholic bishop with a grotesque facial expression, wearing a miter that resembles a phallus.

Bishops condemn violence and call Venezuelans to “reflection and peace” during crisis

Mar 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops Conference of Venezuela is calling for an immediate end to the outbreak of violence in the last several days, exhorting the population to “sensibly look” at what is happening to the “fractured” national society and to look for pathways to harmony and peace.

Pro-life group seeks to stop spread of abortion pill in Mexico

Mar 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A leading Mexican pro-life group, supported by bishops and lawmakers, has asked for a court injunction against the government’s new policy of including abortifacients in “family planning” programs.

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