Archive of September 6, 2004

Marriage is only between a man and a woman, Pope says to Canadians

Sep 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Speaking on Saturday to Canada's new ambassador to the Holy See, Donald Smith, Pope John Paul II insisted - in the light of recent developments in Canadian marriage law in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage - on the "necessary complementarity" of men and women in the institution of marriage for the survival of culture and society.

Archbishop Burke to clarify stance on Communion in upcoming pastoral letter

Sep 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis is set to release a new pastoral letter, clarifying his stance about denying Communion to Catholic politicians who support abortion and Catholics who vote for them.

Pope hopes "spiral of hatred and violence" will not prevail after Russian crisis

Sep 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a telegram sent in his name on Saturday Septemer 4 to Archbishop Antonio Mennini, representative of the Holy See in the Russian Federation, Pope John Paul II expressed his “spiritual closeness” to the families of the victims - many of whom were children - of the terrorist attack on a school in Beslan, Russia, and his hope for an end to “the spiral of hatred and violence.”

Pending abuse trial may trigger bankruptcy decision in Tucson diocese

Sep 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson must decide whether to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy for the diocese by the end of the month, before a series of potentially expensive lawsuits are scheduled begin sitting before a court.

Pope tells European youth to not be afraid of witnessing to Christ

Sep 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In Loreto on Saturday, during a gathering of prayer and celebration, more than 15,000 young people listened to a recorded greeting by Pope John Paul II in which he exhorted them to “be witnesses of Christ” in order to permeate European culture with the Gospel, a mission that requires fidelity, coherence and courage to “the point of the heroism of sanctity.”

Pope to lay people: Holiness is greatest gift to Church and world

Sep 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During the celebration of  a Mass on Sunday September 5 in Loreto in which he beatified the Servants of God and members of Catholic Action Fr. Pedro (Pere) Tarres i Claret (1905-1950), Alberto Marvelli (1918-1946), and Pina Surian (1915-1950), lay persons, Pope John Paul II affirmed that “holiness is the greatest gift you can give to the Church and to the world.”

Pope gives three "assignments" to laity: contemplation, communion, mission

Sep 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- At the end of the Angelus prayer after celebrating Mass in Loreto with 250,000 faithful, mostly members of the lay movement Catholic Action, in which he beatified three Servants of God and members of Catholic Action Fr. Pedro Tarres i Claret, Alberto Marvelli, and Pina Surian, Pope John Paul II entrusted three “assignments” to the Church’s laity.

Catholic Charities seeks foster families for resettling teen refugees

Sep 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- That’s what Catholic Charities in San Jose is seeking for the first-ever program in California that will train couples to serve as foster parents to young refugees, coming alone to the United States.

Bishop denounces destruction of the religious culture in Spain

Sep 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Addressing thousands of faithful together with political leaders gathered in the Cathedral of Palencia, Spain, to celebrate its patron saint, St. Antolin, Bishop Rafael Palmero of Palencia denounced the “pulverization of religious culture” in Spain by the socialist government.

New monastic community assumes care of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome

Sep 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A new monastic community called the Fraternity of Jesus has replaced the Benedictines as the caretakers of the Roman basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, and they announced their goal to return the church its splendor as one of the most symbolic edifices of worldwide Catholicism.

Argentinean Cardinal says social reconciliation begins with God

Sep 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During a Mass for the National Eucharistic Congress in Argentina, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, called on Argentineans last week to “open wide our hearts” and “be reconciled with our Father God.”

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