Archive of September 28, 2004

Bishop Gracida explains how and why pro-abortion Catholic politicians must be denied Communion

Sep 28, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a statement sent to Catholic News Agency, Bishop Rene Gracida, emeritus of Corpus Christi (Texas), explained why there is no excuse to not deny Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians, and describes in detail a case he dealt with during his tenure as Bishop of Corpus Christi. To read the full text:

Muslim terrorists kill nine young Christians in Iraq

Sep 28, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The International Catholic aid agency Aid to the Church in Need announced on Tuesday that Christians are increasingly becoming the target of terrorist attacks in Iraq.

Responding to evil with good, theme for 2005 World Day of Peace, Vatican announces

Sep 28, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The theme of Pope John Paul II’s Message for the 38th World Day of Peace on January 1, 2005,  made public today, is "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil by good."

Pope to proclaim 5 new blessed, Gibson's inspiration for "The Passion of the Christ"

Sep 28, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Anne Catherine Emmerick, whose book “Passion of Our Lord” inspired Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” will be beatified along with Servants of God, Pierre Vigne, Joseph-Marie Cassant, Maria Ludovica De Angelis, and Charles of Austria by Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday October 3 at 10am.

Indian bishops condemn attacks against Missionaries of Charity

Sep 28, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The state of Kerala in southern India was the scene Sunday of a new attack on Catholics.  This time, the victims were sisters from Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, who were beaten while they were serving food to the poor.

Holy see wants multinational force in Iraq, says Vatican observer

Sep 28, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Sandro Magister of the Italian weekly “L’Espresso” is reporting in his column this week that the Holy See is interested in promoting the presence of a multinational force in Iraq in order to support the government of Iyad Allawi.

Ecumenical center decries Florida court’s decision in Terri Schiavo case

Sep 28, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A pro-family, ecumenical organization decries the Florida Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Terri’s Law, “thus paving the way for the medical murder of Terri Schiavo,” says a press release.

Argentinean Archbishop says “sex-ed” programs anything but education

Sep 28, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In his weekly television program, “Keys for a Better World,” Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata, Argentina, denounced “sex-ed” programs that are being proposed for use in schools as “the complete opposite” of what education in chastity and love should be.

Cardinal Herranz denounces aggressive “secular fundamentalism” in Spain

Sep 28, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The President of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, Cardinal Julian Herranz, denounced this week the aggressive “secular fundamentalism” that is being imposed in Spain and which “could have very negative repercussions on fundamental sectors of society, such as marriage, the family and young people.”

Spanish political party issues clarification regarding reference to Christianity in statutes

Sep 28, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Members of Spain’s Popular Party have rejected efforts to strip their statutes of a reference to “Christian humanism” as a philosophical source of the party.

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