Archive of September 29, 2004

“Catholic vote may tip scales for Bush,” research group claims

Sep 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A recent survey carried out by the Ventura-based Barna Group shows that a “seismic shift” in the Catholic vote in favor of President George W. Bush may end up having a decisive role in the upcoming elections.

Fighting AIDS in Africa requires truth about sexuality, Pope warns

Sep 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In Pope John Paul II’s Message for the World Day of the Sick to take place on February II, 2005, the theme of which is "Christ, hope for Africa,"  he affirms that the only way to fight AIDS responsibly is through the true education of sexuality and the practice of the virtue of chastity.

2005 World Communications Day to focus on Media at service of understanding between peoples

Sep 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II has chosen as the theme "The Communications Media: At the Service of Understanding between Peoples," for the 2005 World Communications Day.

Pope greets Polish workers' union, wishes solidarity in all Europe

Sep 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During today’s general audience in Saint Peter’s Square, Pope John Paul II greeted some of his fellow Poles in Rome on pilgrimmage with the ‘Solidarity’ movement, and expresses his hope that the spirit of ‘Solidarity’ is infused throughout a united Europe.

Pope happy with release of two Italian hostages in Iraq

Sep 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday evening Joaquin Navarro-Valls, director of the Holy See Press Office, following the release of two Italian women who had been kidnapped on September 7 as they volunteered in Iraq, issued a statement expressing Pope John Paul II’s  “great joy [at] the news.”

Papacy is not about power, but truth and love, Cardinal Ratzinger says

Sep 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In his homily for yesterday evening’s Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Altar of the Chair for the deceased pontiffs, Paul VI and John Paul I, Cardinal Ratzinger, Dean of the College of Cardinals, spoke of the mission and responsibility of the papacy, saying that truth and love are "the two poles of the mission entrusted to the successors of Peter."

Canon Law expert says bishops should deny Communion to pro-abortion Catholic politicians

Sep 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Giving a pro-abortion Catholic politician Communion contravenes Canon Law and creates a source of scandal for all believers, said canon law expert Fr. John J. Coughlin, OFM, at a scholarly conference Sept. 16. The conference, called “Public Witness/Public Scandal: Faith, Politics, and Life Issues in the Catholic Church,” was sponsored by Our Sunday Visitor Foundation and Ave Maria School of Law at the Washington National Press Club.

Pro-life leader says abortion movement is ‘killing itself’

Sep 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Abortions are having a clear impact on the U.S. political landscape in more ways than the recent obvious debates and controversies surrounding pro-abortion politicians. Abortions may actually be increasing the pro-life vote over the long-term and quite literally “killing” the pro-choice movement, says a USCCB official in a comment released last week.

U.S. bishops urge clergy to preach against domestic violence, aid battered women

Sep 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the U.S. bishops' are urging Catholic priests and other pastoral leaders to preach against domestic violence and to learn about it to better assist women in need.

Catholic League says ad questioning polls discredits Christians

Sep 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Catholic League president William Donohue spoke out against a full-page ad in the New York Times, which he says attacks the integrity and professionalism of all Christians.

Patriarch of Baghdad “played all his cards” for release of Italian volunteers

Sep 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Chaldean Patriarch of Baghdad, Emmanuel Delly, said this week the Church in Iraq played “all her cards” in working for the release of two Italian volunteers kidnapped several weeks ago in Baghdad by Muslim extremists.

Ex-homosexual target of anti-Christian protests in Illinois

Sep 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Protests Sunday by homosexual-rights groups of a church, hosting an ex-homosexual speaker, are "a telling glimpse into the anti-religious heart of the gay-activist movement," said Illinois Family Institute executive director Peter LaBarbera.

Bishops of Venezuela call on lawmakers to reject legalization of abortion

Sep 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops Conference of Venezuela strongly objected this week to a change in the country’s Penal Code that would legalize abortion and called on Congress to vote against the measure.

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