Archive of May 7, 2004

Israeli ambassador says relations between Vatican and Israel on a new path

May 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Israeli ambassador to the Holy See, Obed Ben Hur, has confirmed to CNA that a true “change of direction” has occurred in the relations between his country and the Holy See and that Israel intends to work together with Catholics.

Catholics have right to announce the Gospel in the public square, says archbishop

May 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Every election year, critics try to silence Catholics by insisting on the necessity to separate Church and state, but this argument is “empty and often dishonest,” said Archbishop Charles Chaput in his last weekly column in the Denver Catholic Register.

Ukraine “is driven by the desire to reach full unity with all Christians," says Pope

May 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Pope spoke of the unique identity and mission of Ukraine this morning, on receiving the the credentials of the Ukraine’s new ambassador, Grygorii Fokovych Khoruzhyi.

Miscarriage spared Sen. Kerry’s wife from having abortion

May 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Sen. John Kerry’s second wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, nearly had an abortion 30 years ago on a doctor's recommendation, but says she was spared from making the decision and following through on it because she had a miscarriage.

FDA decides to keep morning-after pill from going over-the-counter

May 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Citing a concern that young teenagers may not safely use the morning-after pill without a doctor's guidance, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) late yesterday officially rejected a plan to make the pill available over-the-counter.

Chilean bishop: In matters of the defense of life, government must respect “essential morality”

May 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Juan Ignacio González of San Bernardo, Chile, said this week the defense of life from the moment of conception is not exclusive to Catholics and that the government should “respect essential morality in the application of state health policies.”

New law would force doctors to perform abortions

May 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Numerous health care professionals in Spain are expressing their concern about two bills sponsored by Green party and leftist legislators that would impose fines and strip the medical licenses of doctors who refuse to practice abortions.

U.S. based Papal Fund an example of love and commitment to Church and Pope

May 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Addressing the members of the U.S. based Papal Foundation this morning at the Vatican, the Holy Father said that “the generous gift of your time, talent and treasure is a concrete example of your love and commitment to the Church and the Successor of Peter.”

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