Archive of April 2, 2004

Bishops applaud President for Unborn Victims of Violence Act

Apr 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. bishops applaud President George Bush for signing the Unborn Victims of Violence Act into law yesterday. Also known as "Laci and Conner's Law", it recognizes an unborn child as a second victim in a violent federal crime against a pregnant woman.

Cardinal Keeler calls for full ban on cloning, embryonic research

Apr 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The ban, suggested by President's Council on Bioethics, of certain reproductive technologies are laudable but not enough, and should be extended to include a full ban on cloning and embryonic research, said the U.S. bishops.

Renewing Church after sex scandal requires renewal of bishop’s office, Pope tells US Bishops

Apr 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Addressing the first group of US Bishops on their Ad Limina visit, Pope John Paul said that the process of reconciliation after the sex scandal requires interior renewal.Read the full Pope’s message:

Pope celebrates 20th anniversary of World Youth Day saying: “Jesus has not changed!”

Apr 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- More than 50,000 young people gathered together with Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square yesterday, singing songs and waving flags, to entrust the World Youth Day Cross to the young people of Germany.

Pope reveals identity of his spiritual mentor

Apr 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During a meeting with young people from Rome in preparation for World Youth Day, which will be celebrated on Palm Sunday, Pope John Paul II revealed to the 50,000 youths gathered in St. Peter’s Square details concerning one of his spiritual mentors.

Pope calls again for a strengthened role of UN

Apr 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During the reception of the diplomatic credentials of the new ambassador of Lebanon, Naji Abi Assi, Pope John Paul II called again for a strengthened role of the United Nations in securing peace.

Cardinal Arinze reassures validity of Vatican II’s liturgical reform

Apr 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During the presentation of a new book commemorating Vatican II’s document on the Sacred Liturgy, Cardinal Francis Arinze, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments,  reaffirmed on Friday “the validity of the directives” of the Council regarding the liturgy.

Vatican leaning toward support for genetically modified foods, says expert

Apr 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Noted Vatican watcher, Sandro Magister, of the online journal, L’Espresso, says in an upcoming column that the Vatican is leaning in favor of supporting genetically modified foods as a way to alleviate world hunger.

“The Passion” shows strength of Mary’s faith, says Brazilian Archbishop

Apr 2, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Murilo Krieger of  Florianopolis, Brazil, said the person of Mary in “The Passion of the Christ” reminds us that Mary not only accompanied Jesus to Calvary, she “stood on her feet and united herself to the sufferings of her Son.”

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