Archive of November 5, 2004

Pro-life Democrats urge DNC to change its abortion position

Nov 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Democrats For Life of America urged the Democratic National Committee to concede its pro-abortion position today on the heels of one of the worst Election Day performances in recent memory.

Deep spiritual life, based in sacraments, is the soul of apostolate, says Pope

Nov 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II, on receiving participants in the General Chapter of Augustinian Recollects this morning, spoke on the necessity of founding “authentic renovation” and “apostolic initiative” on a “deep spiritual life.”

Cardinal Rigali urges Pres. Bush to continue defense of unborn and of marriage

Nov 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Justin Rigali issued a statement following  President Bush’s re-election expressing “prayerful good wishes” for the president and his family, and urging him to “remain steadfast in the defense of traditional family values” and to continue stressing the need to protect the most vulnerable and the unborn.

Ideological attacks on marriage and family, sects, poverty, among challenges for Church in Americas, says Pope

Nov 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II, during a meeting this morning of the ninth post-synodal council of the general secretariat of the Synod of Bishops for the Special Assembly for America, listed various challenges that are at the forefront of the Church’s concern in the Americas.

JPII Cultural Center promotes dialogue between faith and culture, says Pope

Nov 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II welcomed Cardinal Adam Maida of Detroit and the trustees of the John Paul II Cultural Center this morning and thanked them for their "support of the Center's work of promoting dialogue between the worlds of faith and culture.”

Pope to preside at Mass for deceased cardinals and bishops

Nov 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II will preside at a Mass on November 11 at 11.30 a.m. in St. Peter’s Basilica for the repose of the souls of the cardinals and bishops who died during the last year.

British debate "designer babies," government authorizes more experiments

Nov 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The debate on “designer babies” has intensified in the UK after the government authorized a local university to screen embryos in order to “prevent” colon cancer.

Catholic Charities network ranked third-largest nonprofit in the U.S.

Nov 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic Charities network has been ranked third among the nation's largest nonprofits by The NonProfit Times.

Australia’s Health Minister speaks out on abortion

Nov 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Australia’s Health Minister Tony Abbott is worried about the number of abortions in the country, and he has called for a public debate in the House despite public opposition from Coalition colleagues for a debate.

Pro-life group says federal funding for Planned Parenthood should be cut

Nov 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Tuesday’s election results show that Planned Parenthood is "simply out of touch with American values" and should stop receiving federal funding, said Jim Sedlak, executive director of American Life League's STOPP International.

Archbishop says Christians suffer political and intellectual persecution in Europe

Nov 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a pastoral letter issued this week, Archbishop Agustin Garcia-Gasco of Valencia, Spain, said today in Europe there is a strong temptation to promote the political and intellectual persecution of believers.  “Nothing good can come from these attitudes,” he stated.

John Paul II celebrates feast day with large group of Polish

Nov 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II celebrated his patron saint’s feast day, St. Charles Borromeo, by interrupting his routine work schedule to hold an audience with some 1,000 Polish pilgrims who gathered to send him their greetings.

Spanish Health Minister seeks to have abortion pill distributed nationwide free of charge

Nov 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Spain’s Health Minister, Elena Salgado, is set to propose to all of Spain’s autonomous communities that the morning after pill be distributed nationwide free of charge.

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