Archive of April 6, 2004

In Letter to Priests Pope calls for promotion of vocations especially among altar servers

Apr 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In his brief Letter to Priests for Holy Thursday 2004, presented today at the Vatican, Pope John Paul asked priests to give witness of holiness and promote vocations among the youth, especially among altar servers. “Our annual encounter through this Letter,” the Pope writes, “is a particularly fraternal one, thanks to our common sharing in the Priesthood of Christ...

Priests faithful to their vocation are magnet to new vocations

Apr 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During the presentation on Tuesday morning of Pope John Paul’s Letter to the Priests, Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy and Archbishop Csaba Ternyak –Secretary of the same dicastery- said that priests who are faithful to their vocation are an inspiration for new vocations among young people.

Cardinal Castrillon announces world conference on priesthood and holiness

Apr 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- At the end of the presentation of Pope John Paul’s Letter to Priests for Holy Thursday, Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, announced a world conference on the priesthood and holiness.

Number of parishes halved in canadian diocese, in hope of reviving Church

Apr 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Fewer buildings, more life, more people. That’s the idea behind the new parish reorganization and renewal plan for the Archdiocese of Halifax that will cut its 75 parishes and missions down to 24.

Major league baseball players use ‘Passion’ as outreach

Apr 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Spring training has been more a little more than just playing ball for some major league baseball teams. Convinced that “The Passion of the Christ” is a great outreach tool, some Christian players arranged for their teammates to see the film by renting out a movie theater or by handing out free tickets, and the response has been positive, reported the Baptist Press.

Church in Colombia repeats call for truce during Holy Week

Apr 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Pedro Rubiano Sáenz, President of the Colombian Bishops Conference, is repeating the Colombian bishops’ call for a truce that will allow all Colombians to live Holy Week in an atmosphere of reflection.

Spokesman for Spanish Bishops Conference rejects accusations of anti-Semitism in “The Passion”

Apr 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The spokesman and secretary general of the Spanish Bishops Conference, Fr. Juan Antonio Martinez, said this week “The Passion of the Christ” “is not anti-Semitic nor does it inspire hatred for the Jews.”  Instead it presents “the rejection of evil, compassion for Jesus, and faith in his sacrifice of love.”

Church in Venezuela responds to new attacks by President Chavez

Apr 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Roberto Luckert Leon of Coro, Venezuela, responded to new attacks by the country’s president Hugo Chavez, emphasizing that the Catholic Church in Venezuela “will not be silent” in the face of aggressions.

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