Archive of March 23, 2004

Vatican presents book with shocking stories of martyrdom in Eastern churches

Mar 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Ignace Moussa I Daoud, Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, presented this morning at the Holy See Press Office the book “Faith and Martyrdom: The Eastern Churches in Twentieth Century Europe,” which includes shocking stories of martyrdom in the 20th Century.

Pope appoints new bishops for New Jersey and Montana

Mar 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II appointed today Bishop Joseph Anthony Galante, coadjutor of Dallas (Texas) as the new Bishop of Camden (New Jersey); and appointed  Bishop George Thomas, auxiliary of the archdiocese of Seattle (Washington) as the new Bishop of Helena (Montana.)

“National Right To Life” decision to kill South Dakota pro-life bill sparks controversy

Mar 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Thomas More Law Center has accused National Right to Life of “betraying the unborn,” after the well-known pro-life organization decided to kill a South Dakota bill criminalizing abortion.

Catholic schools to close in Chicago, reorganize this fall

Mar 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Chicago announced the closure of four more elementary schools Monday in order to create a regional school in the southeast suburbs of the diocese.

Socialists in Spain announce end of religious education, violating Concordat with the Holy See

Mar 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The newly elected Spanish government, under the leadership if the Socialist PSOE party, has announced it will immediately strip religious courses of their accreditation in schools and change the way teachers are hired, signaling an end to religious education in Spain and in violation of the Concordat signed with the Vatican in 1979.

Successful opening weekend for “The Passion” in Latin America

Mar 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” has become a box-office hit in Latin America, out-selling any other movie in theaters this past weekend.

Mexican Bishop invites fallen-away Catholics to “return home” this Lent

Mar 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a message for  the Lenten season, Bishop Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel of San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico, called on fallen-away Catholics to “return to the home of their mother, the Church, who waits with an open heart.”

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