Archive of May 14, 2004

Pope to U.S. bishops: Be at the forefront of the spiritual journey of sanctification

May 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Continuing his series of reflections on the ‘munus sanctificandi’ (mandate to sanctify) of bishops, the Pope met with U.S. prelates from California, Nevada, and Hawaii who were near the end of their ‘ad limina’ visit. "As Bishops you must be at the forefront of this spiritual journey of sanctification," said the Pope.

Federal judge upholds court decision allowing same-sex marriage in Massachusetts

May 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- An attempt to block legal same-sex marriages from taking place in Massachusetts next week failed when a federal judge rejected arguments presented in court by groups in favor of maintaining traditional marriage.

Vietnam rejects U.S. resolution calling for release of Catholic priest

May 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The United States passed a resolution yesterday calling for the release of a Catholic priest, accused of attempting to undermine the communist government.

Troops must leave Iraq soon but not before June 30, says Cardinal Martino

May 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican’s former envoy to the United Nations said yesterday that the U.S.-led coalition forces should pull out of Iraq as soon as possible but not before the planned June 30 hand-over of sovereignty to the Iraqis, reported AFP.

Archbishop rejects incursion of paramilitary groups into Venezuela

May 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In the wake of the discovery of paramilitary groups in Venezuela, Archbishop Jorge Urosa Savino of Valencia is calling on Venezuelans to “reject all forms of armed, guerilla, paramilitary or political violence,” adding that “the problems of Venezuela should be solved by all Venezuelans.”

Chilean Cardinal says distribution of abortion pill an “abominable crime”

May 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Speaking with reporters at the Vatican, Chilean Cardinal Jorge Medina said the distribution of the morning after pill, with its known abortifacient nature, is an “abominable crime.”

Bishop of Colorado Springs: voters of pro-abortion candidates should also refrain from communion

May 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Michael J. Sheridan of Colorado Springs issued a pastoral letter yesterday admonishing Catholics to refrain from receiving communion if they vote for politicians who support abortion rights, same-sex marriage, euthanasia or stem-cell research. Read the complete document at:http://www.diocesecs.org/bishopsOffice/PastoralLetterMay2004.pdf

Vatican watcher gives a personal look at new biography of Pope John Paul

May 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In order to mark the official publication of the new autobiographical book by Pope John Paul II, “Get Up, Let’s Go,” scheduled for May 18, the renowned Vatican observer Sandro Magister of L’Espresso Online traveled to Krakow in order to get a personal look at his life.

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