Archive of September 10, 2004

Pope “active and in command” according to Archbishop of Pittsburgh

Sep 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- According to the Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Pittsburgh, who visited the the Holy Father this week, Pope John Paul II is “active and in command,” much more so than the bishop had expected.

Oregon Catholic board lends support to ballot against same-sex marriage

Sep 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Oregon Catholic Conference is expected to support a ballot that would ban same-sex marriage when its board meets today, reported The Oregonian.

Michigan sisters’ support of pro-abortion group affront to Church, says American Life League

Sep 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- American Life League is outraged that the Immaculate Heart of Mary sisters in Michigan made a financial donation to a pro-abortion political group.

New film about ‘ex-homosexuals’ to premiere on ‘Coming Out Day’

Sep 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A new film, to be released next month, debunks the notion that homosexuality is a fixed sexual orientation. “I Do Exist!” documents the lives of five individuals who at one time identified as homosexual but have since left the homosexual lifestyle.

U.S. Catholic program launches campaign in fight against poverty

Sep 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- More than 10 percent of Americans live in poverty, says a report issued by the U.S. Census Bureau Aug. 26, and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development has set out to do something about it.

American views of Islam sharply divided

Sep 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Roughly four-in-ten Americans (39%) say they have a favorable impression of Islam, while about as many (37%) say they have an unfavorable view.

Brazilian bishops issue clarification on use of contraception to fight AIDS

Sep 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In statements to the Catholic News Agency, the Secretary General of the Bishops Conference of Brazil, Bishop Odilio Scherer, clarified the position of the Conference on the issue of AIDS, saying the bishops are “in completely agreement with the Holy See” and that they do not support the use of condoms.

Cubans around the world celebrate Marian feast praying for freedom

Sep 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- This past Wednesday, September 8, feast of the Birth of Mary, Catholics in Cuba celebrated the feast of their country’s patroness, Our Lady of Charity, with nearly 50 processions taking place across the island, while thousands of Cubans in other countries held their own celebrations in honor of the patroness of their homeland.

Argentineans urged to be generous in helping the poor

Sep 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A committee of the Argentinean Bishops Conference is urging Argentineans to be generous in a special collection that will be taken up this Sunday to help the country’s poor.

John Paul II to remember September 11 tragedy with American bishops

Sep 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II will meet tomorrow with various U.S. bishops on the occasion of the third anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on U.S soil. The Pope met with a group of American bishops today at the Apostolic Palace in Castelgandolfo – in Rome on their ad limina visit – in anticipation of tomorrow’s commemoration.

St. Paul’s Outside the Walls to remain under care of Benedictines, turnover cancelled

Sep 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Vatican observer Sandro Magister issued a post scriptum concerning news of the turnover taking place in the running of the basilica of St. Paul’s Outside the Walls. The Benedictine monks were to hand over the basilica to the new monastic community, the Fraternity of Jesus, but the Holy See has reversed its decision.

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