Archive of April 1, 2004

Contradictory reactions to “The Passion” by Bishops of Italy and France

Apr 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Committee on Communications of the Bishops Conference of France published yesterday a statement critical of “The Passion of the Christ,” in open contrast with the “pastoral analysis” of the Italian bishops, who said the movie was “appropriate for provoking thought on the person of Jesus.”

Pope’s prayer intentions for April focused on solid priestly formation

Apr 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican Press office announced today that Pope John Paul’s prayer intentions for April will be focused on solid priestly formation.

Materialism and violence threaten families around the world, Cardinal says

Apr 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Renato Martino, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, spoke on Thursday in Mexico City at the concluding session of the Third World Congress of Families, denouncing materialism, violence and permissiveness as the most dangerous threats to families.

Open invitation to National Prayer Breakfast

Apr 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Catholics will host a national prayer breakfast at the end of the month “to thank God for the blessings bestowed upon us and our land.”

World meeting on the family concludes calling for protection of “natural marriage”

Apr 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Third World Congress on the Family, which took place this week in Mexico City, concluded yesterday with a statement signed by more than 300 organizations from 50 countries demanding their governments and the United Nations protect marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

Exegetical commentary on Code of Canon Law published in English

Apr 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Institute of Martin de Azpilcueta of the University of Navarre has published the first English version of the monumental “Exegetical Commentary on the Code of Canon Law.”

Pirated copies of ‘Passion’ strike ‘heavy blow against atheism’ in China

Apr 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- “The Passion of the Christ” has “struck a heavy blow against atheism,” says one Chinese youth, despite government policy that could potentially ban the film from cinemas because of its religious nature.

Bishops in Canada enter sex-education debate

Apr 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Nova Scotia’s three Catholic bishops have entered the provincial debate about a new sex-education manual proposed for high school students.

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