Archive of October 29, 2004

Compendium helps cause of justice, “opens people up to the horizons of charity,” says Pope

Oct 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- This morning Pope John Paul II, receiving participants in the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace called the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, "an instrument that can help Christians in their daily commitment to make the world more just, in the Gospel perspective of a humanism that is truly solidary."

Kerry defends abortion on Hispanic television network

Oct 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a brief interview with the Hispanic television network Univision, Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry justified his support for abortion by saying the act is a decision between “the woman, God and her doctor.”

Gibson goes public, opposes California’s embryonic stem-cell research ballot measure

Oct 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Mel Gibson has come out strongly against a California ballot measure that would permit state funding for embryonic stem-cell research and has urged California's citizens to vote no on the ballot measure next Tuesday.

Promote religious freedom, says Pope to Iran

Oct 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II received the ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mohammad Javad Faridzade, as he presented his Letters of Credence to the Holy See, and spoke on the means of achieving international peace and order, the duty of bleievers to express and defend human dignity imprinted by God, and the need for religious freedom to be promote in Iran.

U.S. bishops join delegation in pressing Annan to aid Sudan crisis

Oct 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The international community should step up its pressure on Sudan to bring an end to the crisis in Darfur, a delegation of religious and human rights leaders told United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan Oct. 27.

Privatization of water ‘a sin’, says Catholic South African activist

Oct 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- While street protests in South Africa recall images of the fight against apartheid, the current struggle in the southern-most African country is a struggle for rights of another kind – the right to water.

Parish reprimanded, pulls Gay Pride material from Web site

Oct 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The pastor of St. Joan of Arc Parish said he would comply with an order from the Vatican to remove Gay Pride material from the church Web site.

Catholic condemned to 10 months in prison and 300 lashings for mission work in Saudi Arabia

Oct 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Fides News Agency is reporting on a new call by Christians in India for the release of Brian Savio O’Connor, a Catholic from India who is imprisoned in Saudi Arabia for the crime of “spreading Christianity,” which has earned him a 10-month sentence and 300 lashings.

Retreats give healing to post-abortive women

Oct 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Catholic clergy of Peoria gathered for a seminar Tuesday to learn how to minister to women experiencing post-abortion trauma and help them heal.

Gospels provide “necessary truth” but do not teach one how to be an expert in politics, says Archbishop

Oct 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Domingo Castagna of Corrientes, Argentina, reminded Argentineans this week that the Gospels “do not teach one how to be an expert in politics and the economy” but, “to those who are open to receiving it, they do provide necessary truth.”

Spanish pro-family group demands that government not discriminate against stay-at-home moms

Oct 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Spanish Federation of Large Families sent a letter this week to the country’s Minister of Work and Social Issues, Jesus Caldera, asking for a increase in government assistance to mothers with children under 3 years of age, in order to “end discrimination against stay-at-home moms.”

Mexican bishop calls on priests to bear witness to hope

Oct 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Jose Guadalupe Martin Rabago of Leon and President of the Mexican Bishops Conference encouraged priests this past weekend to bear witness to hope in times marked by a growing number of believers who stray from the faith.

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