Archive of October 25, 2004

New compendium of social doctrine responds to current ethical, cultural, and pastoral challenges

Oct 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Renato Martino, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, presented the 500-page "Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church" in the Holy See Press Office this morning. He called the volume "an instrument for the moral and pastoral discernment… and an aid to the faithful concerning the Church's teaching in the area of social morality."

Pope saddened by death of Cardinal Hickey

Oct 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II sent a telegram to Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, expressing his deep sadness upon learning of the death of his predecessor, Cardinal James Hickey, who died yesterday at the age of 84.

Archbishop-emeritus of Washington dies at 84

Oct 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- James Cardinal Hickey, former archbishop of Washington from 1980 to 2000, died yesterday in a local nursing home, run by the Little Sisters of the Poor; he was 84.

Larry Snyder named new head of Catholic Charities

Oct 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Fr. Larry Snyder, who is currently executive director of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, has been named president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA. He will assume the post on February 1st, 2005.

Kerry says “I respect the bishops, but I respectfully disagree,” in speech on faith

Oct 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a campaign speech given in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, on Sunday, Sen. John Kerry, hoping to win undecided Catholic voters, spoke of his faith and the way it influences his decisions, and of his relationship to the Church, saying "I love my church. I respect the bishops, but I respectfully disagree."

Reaction to Kerry speech from Catholic organizations

Oct 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In the wake of Sen. John Kerry’s speech on his faith in Ft. Lauderdale on Sunday, Catholic organizations in America issued responses stating that Kerry has “misrepresented” and “run against” the Catholic faith.

Kofi Annan supports cloning of human embryos

Oct 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has voiced his support for the cloning of human embryos for medical research in comments made on Thursday, October 21, at the beginning of a UN debate concerning the prohibition of human cloning.

Place talents at the service of the Church, says Pope to students

Oct 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In his homily during the Mass for the inauguration of the academic year of ecclesiastical universities on Saturday October 23, Pope John Paul II exhorted students to place their talents "at the service of the Church, with humility and generosity," and to obtain wisdom and strength from the Eucharist.

Pope asks for support of missions, prays for missionary vocations

Oct 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Before reciting the Angelus yesterday in St. Peter’s Square, Pope John Paul II, noting that it was World Mission Day, invited “all believers to strengthen their own responsibility in announcing the Gospel to all peoples," with “prayer and concrete support,” and prayed for the gift of vocations to mission life.

Bishop says his duty is to ‘correctly inform’ voters’ consciences

Oct 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Robert Carlson of Sioux Falls says he is not telling Catholics who to vote for, but it is his duty to “correctly inform” the conscience of Catholic voters by preaching about Church teaching.

Rosary beads become hot fashion trend, bishops concerned

Oct 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A popular Catholic devotion has become the latest fashion item. Christian shops have been overwhelmed by the demand for rosary beads from teenagers since celebrities, such as David Beckham and Britney Spears, began wearing the beads as necklaces and bracelets, reported the London Telegraph.

Controversy over anti-Semitism campaign in France that insults Jesus and Mary

Oct 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Union of Jewish Students of France will launch a media campaign next week aimed at “sensitizing” the French about anti-Semitism.  The campaign has caused controversy by calling Jesus and Mary “dirty Jews.”

Brazilian bishops satisfied with Supreme Court decision on abortion

Oct 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops Conference of Brazil published an official statement expressing satisfaction at the decision of the Supreme Court on October 20 which revoked the legalization of anacephaly abortion.

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