Archive of March 22, 2004

Pope defends rights of persons in "vegetative" state, questions term "vegetative"

Mar 22, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Any "patient in a vegetative state had the right to basic sanitary assistance – food, water and hygiene – and to efforts to prevent health complications caused by immobility," the Pope said March 20.Speaking to 375 medical health professionals and ethicists from 49 countries who came to a conference to Rome to discuss "Life-Sustaining Treatments and Vegetative State: Scientific Advances and Ethical Dilemmas.

Holy See deplores killing of Palestinean radical leader

Mar 22, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican Spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls, said this morning that "the Holy See joins the international community in deploring" the killing of Sheik Ahmed Yassin, co-founder and spiritual leader of the Palestinean radical group "Hamas," and said that the Israeli attack is "unjustifiable in any State of law."

After proclaiming four new blessed, Pope encourages Spaniards after attack

Mar 22, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On Sunday, after proclaiming four new blessed -two of them Spanish, - Pope John Paul encouraged again Spaniards after the 3/11 terrorist attacks.

4,000 Catholic men gather for fellowship, spiritual strength

Mar 22, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Nearly 4,000 men, ranging from pre-teens to the elderly, attended the 10th annual Catholic Men's Conference, March 20, organized to help men grow in spiritual strength.

Vatican policy will oppose pulling out of Iraq, expert predicts

Mar 22, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Sandro Magister, religious reporter of the Italian weekly L’Espresso and a noted Vatican analyst, claims in his weekly report that the Vatican is not sympathetic to the idea of pulling out of Iraq.

Suffering of Jesus in “The Passion” touching hearts, says Brazilian bishop

Mar 22, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The head of the Brazilian Bishops Conference’s Committee for Culture, Education and Social Communications, Bishop Orani João Tempesta of Sao José do Rio Preto said “The Passion of the Christ” “touches people” because it shows “a Jesus who suffers for us.”

Bishops of Argentina express strong support for “The Passion”

Mar 22, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On the occasion of the release of “The Passion of the Christ” in Argentina on Thursday, March 25, the official Argentinean Catholic news agency AICA requested the opinion of several of the country’s bishops who have had a chance to see the film.  The bishops defend the evangelistic value of the movie, thus weakening the comments of various critics.

Peruvian bishops call for defense of human life against “reproductive health policy”

Mar 22, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In order to mark the celebration of the “Day of the Unborn Child,” which falls on March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation, the Peruvian Bishops Conference is calling on Catholics to stand up for life in the face of anti-life policies.

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