Archive of April 5, 2004

Pope appeals to youth on Palm Sunday to proclaim the cross to the world

Apr 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In an intense ceremony marked by the presence of thousands of young people waving palms, Pope John Paul II called on young people this Palm Sunday, on the occasion of World Youth Day, to not be afraid of preaching the cross of Christ to the world. “On the cross, Jesus dies for each one us.  The Cross is, therefore, the greatest and most eloquent sign of his merciful love, the only sign of salvation for each generation and for all humanity,” said the Pope.

Vatican: excluding believers from public issues is subtle form of religious intolerance

Apr 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During the 60th session of the UN Human Rights Commission, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Holy See’s permanent observer to the United Nations offices in Geneva, warned that the increasing tendency to silence believers on public issues is a subtle form of religious intolerance.

Use a language capable of transmitting values, Pope tells University students

Apr 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During his encounter with 3,000 young people participating in the UNIV International Congress 2004, Pope John Paul called on students to use a language capable of transmitting values.

Pope greets Costa Rican President, a strong Vatican ally

Apr 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On Monday morning, Pope John Paul II received in audience the president of the Republic of Costa Rica, Abel Pacheco de la Espriella, to whom he expressed his joy at “the existing collaboration between the Church and the authorities of your country.”

New bishop brings hope to diocese shaken by scandal

Apr 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The faithful of the Diocese of Springfield looked with great hope to the installation of Bishop Timothy McDonnell yesterday, who is expected to bring healing and restore faith in the diocese.

One thousand march against same-sex marriage

Apr 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The federal government should ban same-sex unions, said almost 1,000 Catholics, who gathered at a rally Saturday in support of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Gay activists target Palm Sunday procession in England

Apr 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Gay rights advocates blocked the entrance to Westminster Cathedral yesterday, preventing people from entering to celebrate Palm Sunday mass, reported PA News.

Canadian law bans cloning, allows embryonic research

Apr 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A controversial bill, which bans some assisted human reproduction measures and regulates human embryos, was passed by the Canadian Senate without amendment last month, reported the Canadian Catholic News.

My son died in peace thanks to ‘The Passion of the Christ’

Apr 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Ivan Jose Baez was 24 years old.  He lived the last two decades full of anguish and resentment at the abandonment of his father.  A few weeks ago he decided to go with his mother to see “The Passion of the Christ,” not expecting that the movie would bring him back to the faith and help him to forgive his father, just in time before going home to God.

Peruvian Bishops demand “truth about morning after bill” not be distorted

Apr 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The leadership of the Peruvian Bishops Conference issued a statement protesting “the distortion of the truth about the morning after pill,” recalling that the drug does indeed work as an abortifacient.

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