Archive of November 9, 2004

Family is place of spiritual and moral formation of young people, says Pope

Nov 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II, receiving bishops this morning from the Episcopal Conference of the Indian Ocean (CEDOI), invited "Christian people to live the just-begun Year of the Eucharist as an intense time of encounters with Christ," and stressed the need for well formed priests and laity, and the “harmonious development” of families.

Make Christ present in the world through personal witness, says Pope to consecrated

Nov 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II, in a meeting with Teresian Carmelite Missionaries this morning, re-affirmed that the challenge of consecrated life is "to make Christ present in the world through personal witness," and that “we can be inspired by the Eucharist” to fulfill this challenge.

“Beauty of Christ” is inspiration for artistic patrimony over last 2000 years, says Pope

Nov 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During a meeting today of the Coordinating Council Between Pontifical Academies, founded by Pope John Paul II in 1995,  Archbishop Leonardo Sandri read the Holy Father’s address to the meeting, whose theme was “The Way of Beauty,” in which the Pope spoke of the artistic patrimony inspired by the beauty of Christ.

Bush Administration confirms support for marriage amendment

Nov 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Senior White House Advisor Karl Rove confirmed in an interview yesterday on FOX News Sunday that President George W. Bush intends to support the Alliance for Marriage’s Federal Marriage Amendment.

Democrats out of touch with traditional values, says former NCR editor

Nov 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The former editor of the National Catholic Register, Francis X. Maier, says millions of Democrats across the country voted Republican in the last presidential election because they did not recognize in the party the traditional values, for which it once stood. His comment was published recently in the Rocky Mountain News of Colorado.

New book tells of married Catholics who met their spouses on the Internet

Nov 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Twenty-five Catholic couples share about their relationships and how they met on a Catholic Web site called in a new book, called “We Met Online!”

Italians oppose same-sex marriage, adoption of children by gay couples

Nov 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A poll conducted by Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper reveals that Italians are overwhelmingly opposed to the notion of “same-sex marriage” and even more so to the idea of homosexual couples adopting children.

Cardinal Rivera: Resurrection of Christ makes Christians free

Nov 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera, reminded believers this week that the resurrection of Christ “drives Christians to be dynamic and bold, free and open, freed from the slavery to material things and from the sloth of today’s world.” During Sunday Mass at the Archdiocesan Cathedral, the Cardinal said, “Our life should be that of a pilgrim on a continuous journey, leaving our home in order to arrive at our definitive city, with intermediary stages.  We are all aware of the Biblical symbolism of the ‘foreigner’ applied to Christians who live in the present time and space, yearning to return to their definitive home.”

Violence and force to achieve victory is no triumph, says Catholic magazine

Nov 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The latest edition of the official Catholic magazine of the Archdiocese of Havana, “Palabra Nueva,” called on Cubans to banish violence from the culture, because “to prevail with force and violence through the imposition of fear is no triumph as human beings.”

Cardinal Cipriani calls on Peruvians “to learn” to draw close to the mystery of the Eucharist

Nov 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, called on all Peruvians this week to learn to draw close to the mystery of the Eucharist, to prepare themselves to receive Christ and to live in true communion.

Bolivian Cardinal calls on candidates to defend human dignity

Nov 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The president of the Bishops Conference of Bolivia and Archbishop of Santa Cruz, Cardinal Julio Terrazas, called on candidates for the upcoming local elections on December 5 to express their commitments to defend life and human dignity.The Cardinal exhorted candidates to refrain from mudslinging and making promises “they are not going to keep.”

Pope to preside at Mass for 150th anniversary of Immaculate Conception dogma

Nov 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception is among the liturgical events  to be presided over by Pope John Paul II between now and the end of the year.

Homosexual group to give sessions at national religion conference

Nov 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Gay Men's "Issues In Religion" Group will be presenting workshops at the American Academy of Religion's 2004 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 20-23.

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