Archive of October 8, 2004

Pope presents Apostolic Letter to mark beginning of Year of the Eucharist

Oct 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II's Apostolic Letter "Mane Nobiscum Domine" ("Stay with us, Lord"), on the occasion of the October 2004-October 2005 Year of the Eucharist, was presented today in the Holy See Press Office by Cardinal Francis Arinze, who said that the "the underlying theme of the Apostolic Letter is the story of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus."

Title of bishop is of service, not power, Pope tells American Bishops

Oct 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishops from the province of New York were received by Pope John Paul II this morning on the completion of their 'ad limina' visit, who spoke to them of the bishop's "great responsibility of governing the faithful," saying that their office is one of service, not power.

Archbishop Chaput says U.S. Catholics must speak up and speak out in political debates

Oct 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The political climate in the United States has silenced the voice of religious believers, and it is high time that they reclaim it in the current public debates, said Archbishop Charles Chaput.

Catholic Cuban dissident to receive international award

Oct 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Dagoberto Valdes Hernandez, a Catholic intellectual and Cuban dissident, was named the recipient of the 2004 Jan Karski Award for Valor and Compassion.

Political action must be taken with high ethical standard, Pope says

Oct 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II issued a message yesterday to participants in the 44th Social Week of Italian Catholics, stressing the importance of ethical political action informed by truth - "the best antidote against ideological fanaticism."

Compendium of Church's Social Doctrine to be released by the Vatican later in October

Oct 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace will publish a "Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church" on October 25, the opening day of its annual plenary session, announced Cardinal Renato Martino today in an address to participants of the 44th Social Week of Italian Catholics in Bologna.

Seminarians should prepare themselves to be "guiding lights for mankind," Venezuelan bishops says

Oct 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Presiding at a Mass for the Jubilee Year of the Diocesan seminary, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary, Bishop Mario Moronta of San Cristobal, Venezuela, said seminarians should prepare themselves to be "guiding lights" for the men and women of today.

Peruvian Cardinal exhorts priests to foster confession as a means of conversion

Oct 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Lima, Peru, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, has delivered a special message to the faithful this week, as Catholics mark the beginning of the month of October, traditionally dedicated to the devotion of Our Lord of the Miracles.

Pro-life groups urge Latin Americans to voice opposition to human cloning

Oct 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Several pro-life groups that monitor UN activities are alerting Latin Americans to urge their governments to support an international convention proposed by Costa Rica that would prohibit all forms of human cloning.

Christians fleeing Iraq due to growth in Muslim extremism

Oct 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The EFE News Agency reported this week that persecution against Christians has resurfaced in post-war Iraq and that more believers "feel obliged to flee from the attacks and assaults to which they are being submitted."

Howard Stern's move to satellite not acceptable, says media watchdog group

Oct 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A media watchdog group says Howard Stern's move from broadcast radio to Sirus Satellite Radio in 2006 is not an acceptable compromise. The popular morning show host has been the target of several concerned citizens groups over the years, which oppose the obscene and crass content of his show.

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