Archive of April 16, 2004

After hectic Holy Week, Pope goes on mountain excursion

Apr 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican Press office announced on Friday, that owing to the strenuous liturgical ceremonies of Holy Week and Easter, Pope John Paul took Thursday afternoon off when he left the Vatican for several hours on an unannounced excursion to Altipiani di Arcinazzo.

Ignorance of ancient languages threatens historical studies, Pontifical Council says

Apr 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Pontifical Committee of Historical Sciences, founded in 1954 by Pope Pius XII, realeased a statement on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, warning that the decreasing knowledge of ancient languages –such as Latin and Greek - are jeopardizing serious historical studies.

Catholics must be coherent in faith and politics: Archbishop Chaput

Apr 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Catholics must be coherent in their political choices and vote for political leaders whose platforms are in line with their faith and clearly prioritize the right to life, said Archbishop Charles Chaput. The archbishop said pro-choice political candidates, who claim to be Catholic, have placed some Catholic citizens in a political bind.

Catholic hospitals weigh Pope’s teaching on treatment for patients in a vegetative state

Apr 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Catholic hospitals in the United States are deliberating whether to uphold Pope John Paul II’s latest teaching on treatment offered to patients who are in a persistent vegetative state.

Record $11.9 million in grants for poor U.S. dioceses

Apr 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic Home Missions Appeal will award a record $11.9 million in grants this year to the poorest dioceses in the United States. This is the largest grant in its seven-year history, said the U.S. bishops in a statement Wednesday.

Sen. Kerry meets Washington archbishop

Apr 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry met with Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop of Washington, for the first time yesterday.

Colombia to include abortion pills in “family planning” programs

Apr 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The debate over the morning after pill has reached Colombia where, as in Peru and Chile, anti-life groups—with the support of government health authorities—want the abortifacient drug to be included in family planning programs.

Iraqi Catholics call on Arab Muslim countries to condemn terrorism

Apr 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Fr. Nizar Semann, an Iraqi priest from the region of Mossul, told the Fides News Agency that the time has come for Arab Muslim nations to condemn terrorism.

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