Archive of April 23, 2004

Holy See publishes clear rules to protect the celebration of the Eucharist

Apr 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, headed by Francis Cardinal Arinze presented "Redemptionis Sacramentum, On Certain Matters To Be Observed Or To Be Avoided Regarding The Most Holy Eucharist," at a press conference held in the Holy See Press Office. The document “Redemptionis Sacramentum” was published simultaneously in Latin, English, French, Italian, German and Spanish. > Read the Document here

Pope John Paul commends “creativity in charity”

Apr 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- "The mission you fulfill with admirable apostolic zeal is very precious,” said the Holy Father on receiving the Italian group Circolo San Pietro, on Friday.

Stay of same-sex marriage decision necessary to prevent legal chaos, say family groups

Apr 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Thomas More Law Center and several other pro-family legal groups filed a petition April 21 to the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts on behalf of a private citizen, seeking to stay the court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage.

‘Passion’ still seeking broadcast deal, networks not biting

Apr 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- As of yet, Mel Gibson's Icon Productions has been unable to sign a contract with a broadcast network for its blockbuster, "The Passion of the Christ." The film earned $360.9 million in the U.S. alone since its Feb. 25 release.

Catholic pilgrims launch Peace Marathon in the Holy Land

Apr 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Fifteen Italian athletes will participate in the Jerusalem-to-Bethlehem Peace Marathon today with the aim of encouraging peace in the region and Catholic pilgrimages to the Holy Land, says a report on IsraelNN.com.

Church must ensure participation of laity in evangelization, says Cardinal

Apr 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During a visit to an evangelization center, Cardinal Eusebio Sheid of Rio de Janeiro said it is the task and responsibility of Church to ensure participation of the laity in the work of evangelization.

Cubans offer prayers for release of prisoners of conscience

Apr 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Dozens of Cubans opposed to the Castro government gathered in Havana this week to offer prayers for the release of political prisoners being held in the country.

Spanish Archbishop: government should listen to all the people and avoid partisan ideology

Apr 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Agustin Garcia Gasco of Valencia, Spain, said this week in order for democracy to be authentic, politicians who assume leadership should govern by listening to all sectors of society and not close themselves in their own partisan ideology.

Cardinal: No Communion for Pro-Abortion Catholics

Apr 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During a press conference on Friday, Cardinal Francis Arinze, Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, reiterated that pro-abortion Catholics cannot receive Communion.

“Redemptionis Sacramentum” only reiterates norms already existing in the Church.

Apr 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During the press conference in which the document "Redemptionis Sacramentum, On Certain Matters To Be Observed Or To Be Avoided Regarding The Most Holy Eucharist” was introduced, Archbishop Sorrentino, secretary of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of Sacraments, which drafted the document, emphasized that it “does none other than reiterate existing norms.” That is, it is not to be understood as teaching anything essentially new.

Kerry supports abortion rights, pro-choice march

Apr 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Two days prior to a pro-choice march that is expected to draw one million people to Washington D.C. democratic presidential candidate Senator John Kerry confirmed abortion rights as a major focus of his presidential campaign.

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