Archive of October 7, 2004

Pope John Paul's new book on Philosophy of History unveiled

Oct 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro Valls revealed Wednesday  during the Frankfurt Book Fair the latest title from Pope John Paul II, "Memory and Identity: Conversations Between Millenniums.” The book, according to Navarro-Valls,  is based  on the transcribed and  translated conversations of the Pontiff with two Polish philosopher friends...

U.S. Catholics must vote as ‘faithful followers of Christ,’ says Bishop Olmsted

Oct 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Catholics are called to practice their faith in their everyday lives, including in the political sphere, said Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix in his latest column in the diocesan newspaper, the Catholic Sun. “Lay people have a particular calling to engage in the political process as a means of promoting the common good,” said the bishop.

Man is capable of knowing objective norms of moral behavior, Pope says

Oct 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On receiving this morning members of the International Theological Commission which is celebrating its annual plenary in the Vatican, Pope John Paul II affirmed the capacity of man to know the truth and to know the objective norms of moral behavior.

Pope replaces ousted Bishop in Austria

Oct 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On Thursday, Pope John Paul II appointed Bishop Klaus Kung of Feldkirch, as the new bishop of  the diocese of Sankt Pölten, recently rocked by a sex scandal involving the diocese’s seminary and forced the early resignation of Bishop Kurt Krenn.

International theological symposium on Eucharist underway in Mexico

Oct 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The three-day international theological- pastoral symposium on the Eucharist, focusing on Pope John Paul II’s encyclical "Ecclesia de Eucharistia," began yesterday in Guadalajara, Mexico.The symposium precedes the 48th International Eucharistic Congress which will be held from October 10-17.

Russian army choir, orchestra, and ballet corps to perform for Pope

Oct 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On the eve of the 26th anniversary of his election to the papacy, the Russian Army Choir, orchestra and ballet corps will perform in the Vatican for Pope John Paul II, in homage to his pontificate.

U.S. Catholics give $28M to religious retirement fund

Oct 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- U.S. Catholics have shown great concern and gratitude to their senior religious priests, brothers and sisters by donating $28,016,815 to the Retirement Fund for Religious in 2003.

Bid to freeze assets of San Diego Diocese rejected

Oct 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Church officials of the Diocese of San Diego are pleased with the ruling of a Los Angeles judge, who has rejected claims that the diocese transferred property worth millions of dollars to escape liability in sexual abuse lawsuits, reported the Union-Tribune.

Anonymous donor gives Catholic school $2.25M

Oct 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A small Catholic girls school, serving a low-income population, got a huge boost recently when an anonymous donor, with no personal connection to the school, left it $2.25 million. This is the largest single donation to a Catholic girls school in the Chicago area, school officials reported Tuesday.

Same-sex marriage hearings begin in Canada

Oct 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Supreme Court of Canada began its three-day hearings on same-sex marriage today. The court is expected to hear 28 briefs from both supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage.

Catholic musicians of Miami to hold benefit concert for flood victims of Haiti

Oct 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The organizations Musicians to the Rescue, which brings together dozens of Catholic musicians, will hold a benefit concert on November 5 in order to raise funds to help the victims of Hurricane Jeanne in Haiti.

Australian Anglican Church asks forgiveness for sexual abuse by members

Oct 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On Wednesday the Anglican Church in Australia officially apologized to the hundreds who during childhood were victims of sexual abuse and negligence by members of the church.

Human rights are based on Church teaching, says Venezuelan bishop

Oct 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During opening ceremonies of the Continental Meeting “New Challenges for Human Rights,” Bishop Roberto Luckert Leon of Coro, Venezuela, and President of Caritas in that country, stated that the defense of human rights by the Church is unique from that of other organizations because the efforts of Catholics are based on the social teachings of the Church.

Experts warn EU population will begin aging rapidly by 2010

Oct 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The European Commission has published a report stating that in the year 2010, the member states of the European Union will see their populations begin to rapidly age, signifying not only a lack of positive growth, but actually negative growth in population.

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