Archive of May 19, 2004

The Sacrament of Confession brings joy of being forgiven, Pope says

May 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Because God “responds right away with generous forgiveness… for the faithful who repent and are forgiven, despite life’s trials, a new horizon of safety, faith and peace” is opened up, said the Holy Father at this morning’s weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square. His expounded on Psalm 31, entitled “Thanksgiving for the forgiveness of sins.

Majority in the U.S. use Internet for religious reasons, report says

May 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Of the almost 130 million Americans who are Internet users, 64 per cent of them, or almost 82 million, use the Internet for religious, faith or spiritual reasons.

Catholic League call Catholic candidate to coherence in political discourse

May 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic League president says that Catholic politicians, who claim to personally agree with Church teaching, yet feel obligated not to vote that way, are guided more by “pure politics” than by “any alleged constitutional question” of church and state.

Pope calls Poland to remind Europe of its Christian roots

May 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- “Through the centuries, Europe’s spiritual and cultural patrimony was formed and defended even at the cost of the lives of those who believe in Christ and those who in their religious belief go back to Abraham,” said the Holy Father yesterday evening on receiving Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski, his wife and an entourage of fellow Poles, on the occasion of his 84th birthday.

Pope recalls Polish heroism at key battle during World War II

May 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- John Paul II had special words for his fellow Poles this morning at the end of his weekly general audience when he reminded them that today is the 60th anniversary of the battle of Monte Cassino, “an event that subsequent generations of Poles referred to with pride.” The heroism of the Polish troops at Monte Cassino paved the way for the allies to enter Rome.

Vietnam sentences four Christians to prison for holding worship services

May 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Four Hmong Christians, who organized and led weekly worship services in a house church in Vietnam’s remote province of Ha Giang, have been sentenced to terms of 26 to 36 months for the vague offense of “disturbing public order.”

“The Church is not a club, it exists for evangelization,” warns Argentinean Bishop

May 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Joaquin Piña of Puerto Iguazu, Argentina, said this week each Christian is called to be a missionary and that “the Church is not a country club where we go to hide in fear of the world.  Every Christian has a mission, a calling he or she is sent to fulfill.”

Christian art exhibit opens in Cuba

May 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In an attempt to recover the spiritual and artistic roots of Cuba, this week in Havana a Christian art exhibit has opened, displaying over 46 works of art inspired by the person of Jesus.

Election results in India “positive sign for peace”, says Pakistani Archbishop

May 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Lahore and President of the Pakistani Bishops Conference, Archbishop Lawrence Saldanha, said recent elections in India are a “good omen for dialogue and peace”.

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