Archive of October 21, 2004

Be apostles with holiness of life, take Mary as model, says Pope to priests

Oct 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II addressed via satellite from the Vatican this morning over a thousand priests from eighty countries gathered on the island of Malta to discuss the theme "Priests, forgers of saints for the new millennium: Following the footsteps of the Apostle Paul," and told them that they were called to be apostles of the Word and prophets of hope, inspired by the model of Mary.

Church instrumental for integration of Hispanic immigrants, says Bishop Gomez

Oct 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The integration of Hispanic immigrants in the United States will not be possible without the commitment of the Catholic Church, said Bishop Jose Gomez to an audience of Catholic leaders in Philadelphia.

Top Italian journalist examines who holds influence at the Vatican

Oct 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Who holds power and influence at the Vatican? One of the top Vatican journalists in Italy, Sandro Magister, provides his insights on the matter in his latest article, published in the Italian weekly L’Espresso.

Milwaukee priests urge U.S. bishops not to decide on refusing Communion to pro-abortion politicians

Oct 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a letter addressed to Theodore Cardinal McCarrick and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Milwaukee Archdiocese Priest Alliance said it does not believe excluding Catholic pro-abortion politicians from Holy Eucharist would be pastorally effective in promoting the intrinsic value of all human life.

Authentic communication founded on holiness, says Archbishop Foley

Oct 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During his homily yesterday during the Mass for the dedication of the Blessed Columba Marmion Room for communications training for seminarians at the Pontifical Irish College in Rome, Archbishop John Foley, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, said that proclaiming the Gospel creatively involves inspired techniques but is above all founded on personal holiness.

Pope appoints new bishop of Salina, U.S.A

Oct 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II this morning appointed Fr. Paul S. Coakley of the clergy of Wichita, U.S.A., and vice chancellor and administrator of the Church of the Magdalen, as bishop of Salina (area 69,087, population 325,112, Catholics 48,510, priests 80, religious 219), U.S.A.

Anti-Catholicism has replaced anti-Semitism in Europe, says Messori

Oct 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In an interview with the Italian newspaper, “Il Messagiero,” Italian journalist Vittorio Messori denounced anti-Catholicism in Europe as a substitution for anti-Semitism, but he expressed his hope that this “anti-Catholic fury” would help believers to rediscover their identity.

Al Qaeda threatens to kill children who won’t convert to Islam

Oct 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Spanish newspaper “La Razon” published a remarkable report this week claiming that terrorists from Al Qaeda now have their sights set on Iraqi Christian children, who are being threatened with death in order to get them to convert to Islam.

Bishops call on Marxist rebels to withdraw "demilitarization" request as condition for releasing hostages

Oct 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Vice President of the Colombian Bishops Conference, Archbishop Luis Augusto Castro of Tunja, Colombia, called on the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC) to withdraw its request that two towns be demilitarized as a condition for releasing hostages.

Argentinean bishop says sexual education should not turn into "genital education"

Oct 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In the midst of controversy surrounding proposed anti-life measures that would promote promiscuity among adolescents, Bishop Joaquin Piña, Bishop of Puerto Iguazú, Argentina, is calling on leaders to remember that sexual education is not supposed to be “education about genital activity, but rather about the values that shape men and women.”

President Bush meets with Cardinal Rigali of Philadelphia

Oct 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- President George W. Bush met with Cardinal Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, this afternoon in Philadelphia. The president had requested the meeting.

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