Archive of September 23, 2004

“Stay faithful to your history” of witnessing to God, says Pope to Benedictines

Sep 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II received Benedictine Abbots and Priors at Castelgandolfo this morning and encouraged them to “stay faithful” to their history, noting the valuable witness of their monastic communities that remind the secularized world of God and create “vital spaces” in which to encounter Him.

President of Costa Rica puts forth initiative for international ban on human cloning

Sep 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Costa Rican President, Dr. Abel Pacheco called on U.N. member nations at the General Assembly on Monday September 21 to join Costa Rica in working towards an international ban against human cloning.

Catholic university invites pro-abortion candidate to address student body

Sep 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Benedictine University has invited pro-abortion Illinois Democratic senator Barack Obama to speak to its student body Oct. 5.

New group promises to defend churches

Sep 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has sent out letters to about 300,000 houses of worship, informing them of the freedom to preach under the First Amendment and promising to defend any of them who are threatened for delivering a good faith religious message.

Busiest highway in U.S. features ex-gay billboard

Sep 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In an effort to seek tolerance and protect their rights, the ex-gay community has put up a billboard on one of the country’s busiest highways.

Archbishop of Malta urges Christian politicians to live Gospel values and principles

Sep 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Maltese Christian politicians had an important role to play in Malta and abroad in proposing, in an effective manner, the Gospel message and the social teachings of the Church, said Archbishop Joseph Mercieca at St John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta yesterday.

German bishops hopeful John Paul II will preside at World Youth Day in Cologne

Sep 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops Conference of Germany expressed hope this week that Pope John Paul II will visit Cologne in August of 2005 to preside at World Youth Day.

Rwandan bishops reject accusations of Church involvement in 1994 genocide

Sep 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The bishops of Rwanda have issued an official statement demanding the media cease from implying the Catholic Church bears some responsibility for the killings in 1994 that took the lives almost 500,000 people.

Parishes in Mexico install cell phone blocking devices to stop interruptions during Mass

Sep 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The constant interruptions from cell phones during Masses and the lack of cooperation by some of the faithful to shut their phones off in church has led several parishes in Mexico to install blocking devices that make it impossible for cell phones to acquire a signal from inside the church building.

Cardinal Rouco denounces experimentation with family and marriage

Sep 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Madrid and President of the Bishops Conference of Spain, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, said this week political or juridical experimentation on authentic marriage and the family should not be allowed to take place and he emphasized “the grave and urgent duty” of Catholics and of all of society to promote and care for marriage and the family.

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