Archive of September 1, 2004

Passion sells 2.4m copies on DVD

Sep 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Mel Gibson's Biblical movie The Passion of the Christ has sold 2.4 million copies in the US by midday on its first day of release on DVD. Starring Jim Caviezel, the film made $610m at the global box office after its cinema release in February.

Pope urges release of French journalists, end of violence in Midle East, Russia

Sep 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- "It is with great sadness and concern," he said, "that I receive the grave news about the terrorist attacks in Israel and Russia where many people have died, defenseless and innocent victims. Also in the tormented country of Iraq the blind chain of violence has not yet been broken, which prevents a prompt return to civil coexistence. Added to the horror of the barbaric execution of twelve Nepalese citizens there is fear for the future of two French journalists who continue to be held hostage by kidnappers."

Catholic groups for and against Kerry clash

Sep 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The president of grassroots organization “Catholics For Kerry 04,” said the Republicans are using Catholic organizations as “vehicles” to discredit John Kerry as a presidential candidate and to divide the Catholic laity.

Idolatry is a temptation for all humanity, Pope says during general audience

Sep 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Focusing on the second part of Psalm 113 in today's general audience, in the Paul VI Hall in the Vatican, the Pope spoke about the temptation to idolatry and it’s contrast with worship of the true God.

Pope’s prayer intentions for September focus on elderly and African church

Sep 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Holy Father's general prayer intention is: "That old people may be considered an asset for the spiritual and human growth of society."

Catholic organization to denounce nonprofit status of Miami Church

Sep 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic League says it will contact the IRS and ask it to revoke the tax-exempt status of an Evangelical Church in Miami for its political involvement.

Mexican seminary celebrates five years of priestly formation for Hispanic priests in US

Sep 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On Tuesday the Hispanic Seminary of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, which provides priestly formation for Hispanic vocations from the United States, celebrated its fifth anniversary.

Brazilian bishops call for protection of human embryos

Sep 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Pastoral Committee of the Bishops Conference of Brazil published a statement this week calling on legislators to protect the life of human embryos and reject a proposed law that would allow them to be used for research.

Cardinal warns of lack of respect for democracy in Latin America

Sep 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The President of the Latin American Bishops Conference, Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa, said this week during a symposium on “Authority” in Buenos Aires that there is little adherence to democracy in the region.

24-hour parish marks 8 months of continuous service to community

Sep 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The parish of the Nativity of Our Lady in Valencia, Spain, as part of its 25th anniversary, is celebrating this week eight months of continuous, 24-hour service, made possible by more than 200 volunteers.

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