Archive of October 6, 2004

At general audience, Pope says marriage is a sign of God's love for humanity

Oct 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In this morning’s general audience in St. Peter's Square, Pope John Paul II, speaking on the second part of Psalm 44, "The Kingdom and the bride," said that marriage is a sign of the mystery of God’s love for humanity. "We can dedicate this nuptial song to all couples who live their marriage with intensity and interior zeal, ... which is a sign of a great mystery, ...

Destiny of Children dead without baptism being discussed by Theological Commision

Oct 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The theme of the “the fate of children who die without receiving the sacrament of baptism in the context of the universal salvation plan of God will continue to be reflected on by the International Theological Comission, currently holding their annual plenary session in the Vatican from October 4-8.

Catholic University bans pro-abortion speakers, protesters claim "too Catholic"

Oct 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Catholic University authorities have decided to enforce the U.S. bishops' request to deny pro-abortion public figures a platform at Catholic campuses, but some faculty members as well as a group of students are considering this stand "too Catholic."

American Life League: California bishops should cancel contraceptive benefits

Oct 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- California’s Catholic bishops should not allow any Catholic organization to pay for the cost of contraceptives in their employees’ health insurance benefits, despite a recent Supreme Court ruling that obliges them to do so, says the American Life League.

Holy See: UN is vital, but needs to be more efficient

Oct 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Holy See permanent observer to the United Nations, highlighted the importance of the United Nations principles as “a system founded on cooperation rather than on competition among States” which recognizes that all nations are “equal in dignity”, but he insisted that its structures need to be more inclusive and its procedures more efficient.

Rights of refugees remain "mere words," Vatican official complains

Oct 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On October 4, during the 55th Session of the Executive Committee of the Program of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva, Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations said that  “refugees rights that are recognized "in international instruments too often remain mere words.”

Family groups says Louisiana court’s decision of marriage amendment will be appealed

Oct 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Family Research Council said a decision by Louisiana Judge William Morvant to strike down Louisiana's Marriage Protection Amendment will be appealed to the appellate court and, “if necessary, the State Supreme Court.”

Expert to testify against extremist Muslim group before house committee

Oct 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Paul Marshall, senior fellow of Freedom House’s Center for Religious Freedom, will testify today on the worldwide proliferation of Saudi-based extremist Wahhabi ideology before the House International Relations Committee, on the State Department's “Country Report on Religious Freedom.”

Thousands gather in Canada to end capital punishment, target public opinion in the U.S.

Oct 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Juan Melendez, a native of Puerto Rico, spent 17 years, eight months and one day on death row in Florida before his release in January 2002. Convicted of murder in 1983, justice officials now say they have found the taped confession of the true killer.

Argentinean Cardinal calls for rejection of ideological divisions

Oct 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On the occasion of a massive pilgrimage of young people to the national shrine of Luján in Argentina, the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, harshly criticized the efforts to revive the ideological conflicts of the 1970’s, saying there are some “who wish to deceive and divide us.”

Democracy in Brazil needs work, says bishop

Oct 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Sinesio Bohn of Santa Cruz do Sul, Brazil, has issued a pastoral letter entitled, “The Church and Democracy,” in which he recalls that democracy “is not exempt from faults” and that work should be done to improve it.

Extremists attempt to make Buddhism Sri Lanka's state religion

Oct 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has reported an attempt by Buddhists extremists in Sri Lanka to make Buddhism the state religion and curtail religious freedom by prohibiting the conversion of Buddhists to any other religion.

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