Archive of November 8, 2004

To benefit humanity, scientific creativity must be detached from ideology, profit, says Pope

Nov 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- This morning Pope John Paul II received participants of the plenary session of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, whose theme is “science and creativity,” and spoke to them of the the spiritual questions raised by scientific discovery, and the need for a scientific creativity which responds to “authentic human development,” rather than “financial or ideological conditioniong.”

Health plan not covering abortion or contraception now offered to federal employees

Nov 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A Catholic-run health insurance plan which does not cover abortion, contraceptives or fertility treatment has been made available to federal employees this morning in part of Illinois, reports Associated Press. According to officials, it is the first plan of its kind to be offered to federal employees.

Eucharist is the pinnacle of prayer for the dead, says Pope

Nov 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II, prior to praying the Angelus yesterday with the faithful in St. Peter’s Square, reminded them that "popular devotion dedicates the month of November to the memory of the deceased faithful," and that the summit of prayer for the dead is the sacrament of the Eucharist.

Iraqi bishop says Islamists will not drive Christians out

Nov 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- An Iraqi archbishop said Islamists will not drive Christians out of Iraq because of their strong Christian faith.

Groups will hold pray-in to stop pro-abortion senator from being reappointed

Nov 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A coalition of pro-life groups is planning a "pray-in" Nov. 10 at the Dirksen Senate Office building to ask that pro-abortion Senator Arlen Spector not be reappointed as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Seventh Canadian jurisdiction legalizes same-sex marriage

Nov 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The seventh of 13 Canadian jurisdictions legalized same-sex marriage Nov. 5. A Saskatchewan court ruled that the traditional definition of marriage, as the union of one man and one woman, is unconstitutional.

Quadriplegics in Spain issue unified statement against euthanasia

Nov 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During a press conference organized by the Bishops Conference of Spain in which the bishops announced the launching of a national campaign to “mobilize the consciences” of Catholics against euthanasia, the president of the National Federation of Associations of Spinal Cord Injury Victims and the Severely Handicapped, Alberto de Pinto, said if there is anything that unites the country’s 12 million spinal cord injury sufferers it is their love for life and their rejection of euthanasia as a solution to their anguish.

Hindus and Christians must work together to support children, says Holy See

Nov 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In the annual message of the Holy See to Hindus on the festival of Diwali which represents the victory of light over darkness, which was made public today, Archbishop Michael L. Fitzgerald, president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, stressed the need for Christians and Hindus to work together to fight the evils which afflict underpriveleged children.

Polish Cardinal says analogy between marriage and homosexual unions not possible

Nov 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During a visit to the University of Navarre in Spain, Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, said there could be no justification for homosexual unions.

'Passion of the Christ' receives award

Nov 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" and the CBS television show "Joan of Arcadia" were honored at a mass and awards ceremony at the annual luncheon of Catholics in Media.

Mexican bishops establish new Bioethics Committee to enlighten scientific reflection

Nov 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Mexican Bishops Conference established a new Bioethics Committee last week that will help the bishops in their task of “enlightening consciences about the ethical implications of intervening in ecosystems and in the life of human beings.”

More than 100,000 Portuguese to copy Bible by hand

Nov 8, 2004 - 12:00 am .- More than 100,000 Portuguese, among them the country’s President, Jorge Sampaio, and Cardinal Jose Policarpo, Patriarch of Lisbon, will collaborate in the copying of the Bible by hand.

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