Archive of November 1, 2004

Remembering Christian roots "fundamental" for Europe’s future, says Pope after Buttiglione steps down

Nov 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- After praying the Angelus with the faithful gathered in Saint Peter’s Square on Sunday, Pope John Paul II stressed the need for Europe to take into account its Christian roots was “fundamental for future developments of the Union.”

Thousands turn out for the D.C. funeral of Cardinal Hickey

Nov 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- More than 2,500 gathered at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Oct. 30 for the funeral mass of James A. Cardinal Hickey.

Pope to meet with Iraqi PM at Vatican

Nov 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II is to receive Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi in a private audience at the Vatican on Thursday November 4.

Spokane diocese may face bankruptcy

Nov 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Diocese of Spokane may file for bankruptcy protection if attorneys do not reach a settlement with 28 alleged victims of clergy sex abuse, said Bishop William Skylstad.

Controversial new book gives Church views on sex

Nov 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A controversial new book is encouraging married Catholics to make love more often in an effort to offset "impotence and frigidity" and address papal concerns over declining birth-rates among Italian Catholics, reported The London Telegraph.

Catholic vote should be based on issue of abortion and same-sex marriage, says bishop

Nov 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop David A. Zubik of Green Bay issued a note in church bulletins this week urging Catholics to vote in the presidential election and to base their vote foremost on opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage.

Pope to return relics to Orthodox Church after 800 years

Nov 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II will return the relics of two of the Great Doctors of the Church, Saint John Chrysostom and Saint Gregory Nazianzen, to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, who will travel to Rome on November 26 to receive them.

Iraqi Christians thankful for Pope’s concern

Nov 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican News Agency Fides reported last week Christians in Iraq have expressed their gratitude to Pope John Paul II for his words of comfort regarding the situation in their country.

Spanish bishops slam government approval of assisted reproduction law

Nov 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In response to government approval of law that allows the “production” of embryos with practically no restrictions and opens the door to research using human embryos, the Spanish bishops issued a statement reiterating their rejection of the law, which “contradicts the dignity of man and his right to life.”

Colombian government offers to negotiate with rebels at Apostolic Nunciature

Nov 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Vice President of the Bishops Conference of Colombia, Archbishop Augusto Castro, called on the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC) to consider the government’s proposal to hold negotiations at the Apostolic Nunciature.

Archbishop calls on Uruguayans to fulfill their civic duty

Nov 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Nicolas Cotugno of Montevideo, Uruguay, reminded citizens who went to the polls yesterday to elect a new president that elections are “a serious commitment to the Lord and to our brothers and sisters” to “collaborate in the building of a social reality that is in greater conformity to the Gospel message.”

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