Archive of April 20, 2004

The Bible is a source of light for human behavior, Pope says

Apr 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a brief address to the participants at the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, Pope John Paul II said that the Holy Scriptures are a source of light for human behavior. Addressing the group of Biblical scholars headed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the Pontiff noted that the members of the Commission have gathered once again “to study more deeply a very important topic: the relation between the Bible and morals.”

Pope to proclaim six new blessed, including Polish prince turned priest

Apr 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Next Sunday, April 25, Pope John Paul II will proclaim six new Blessed, including a Polish prince turned priest and a mystic Portuguese laywoman.

Congregation for the Laity to celebrate 20th Anniversary of “Cross of the Youth”

Apr 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Pontifical Council for the Laity will mark the 20th anniversary of the handing over of the Cross to young people by Pope John Paul II on Thursday, April 22.

Catholic law center seeks to intervene and protect marriage

Apr 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Thomas More Law Center is one of three Christian-based public interest law firms that is representing five parties in an attempt to protect New York’s marriage laws.

Franciscan Superior: optional celibacy and women priests not the solution

Apr 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During a conference of the Association of Religious News Journalists, the Minister General of the Friars Minors, Fr. José Rodríguez of Spain, said neither "opcional" celibacy nor the ordination of women are real solutions to the crisis of vocations and the shortage of priests.

Two U.S. dioceses to close parishes due to priest shortage

Apr 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Two U.S. dioceses have announced new parish reorganization plans to deal with the shortage of priests and a sharp decline in the number of Sunday worshippers.

Capital campaigning picks up in Catholic schools

Apr 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In an attempt to maintain quality education and keep enrollment up, Catholic schools in Boston have taken to marketing and large-scale capital campaigns.

Chilean bishop: “Do not abort your child, give him to someone who will take care of him”

Apr 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Cristian Claro of Puerto Montt, Chile, criticized this week the decision of the Chilean government to distribute the morning after pill, and he proposed that those who do not want to have their child should give her up to institutions or families willing to care for her and love her.

Guatemalan Cardinal warns of social unrest

Apr 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Rodolfo Quezada Toruño, President of the Guatemalan Bishops Conference, is warning that social unrest could result if a "poltical" consensus on the problem of poverty is not achieved.

Catholic Church in New Zealand launches campaign against same-sex marriage

Apr 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The same-sex marriage debate has moved on to New Zealand and the Catholic Church there is readied for the battle.

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