Archive of November 12, 2004

Euthanasia does not redeem persons from suffering, it suppresses them

Nov 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Receiving participants in the international conference on palliative cures at the Vatican this morning, Pope John Paul II issued strong words against the practice of euthanasia as a means to alleviate suffering, saying it is “motivated by sentiments of a poorly understood compassion” and that it “supresses” rather than redeems the person from suffering.

Fundamentalists apply “psychological terrorism” against Christians in Iraq

Nov 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Spanish newspaper “La Razon” published a statement this week by a priest of the Iraqi Diocese of Mosul who says that in addition to attacks against churches, Iraqi Christians are also victims of “psychological terrorism.”

Forming critical conscience is “greatest cultural challenge of our times,” says Pope

Nov 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a meeting with the president of Portugal, Jorge Sampaio, this morning, Pope John Paul II said that "the formation of a critical conscience in order to discern the meaning of life and of history is the greatest cultural challenge of our times,” especially in the context of “the grave crisis of values in modern society.”

Scientific research must not violate the “intangibility” of every human being, says Pope

Nov 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II sent a message to the president of the Association of Italian Catholic Doctors, Domenico Di Virgilio, on the occasion of the organization's 23rd national congress, and emphasized the ethical principles of medical care and research that distinguish the Catholic doctor, especially “the defense of the inviolable dignity of every human being.”

American Life League says issue of pro-abortion politicians and Communion is still important after elections

Nov 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- American Life League president Judie Brown said the U.S. bishops must take action against Catholic public figures who take a public pro-abortion stance, reported

UN predicts steep declines in population growth

Nov 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The United Nations Population Division released another report recently that predicts a large aging population and sharp declines in population growth. This is the first UN report to look 300 years down the line, reported the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute.

Mexican bishops call for better treatment of immigrants

Nov 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On the second day of its Fall General Assembly, the Bishops Conference of Mexico encouraged the country’s government to work to ensure that US authorities treat immigrants with dignity and respect their human rights.

Italian intellectuals reflect on relationship between faith and politics

Nov 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The re-election of George Bush in part because of moral issues, and the rejection of Italian politician Rocco Butiglione for a post on the European Commission because of his Catholic beliefs, have led two Italian intellectuals of opposite political persuasions to interesting conclusions about the relationship between faith and politics.

Boston archbishop delays some parish closings

Nov 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley held a meeting yesterday with 18 pastors, whose parishes are scheduled to close, to tell them that the closing of their church can be delayed if pastors need more time to prepare their communities.

Exhibit tells history of religious sisters in the United States

Nov 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A new exhibit tells of the joy of religious life and the impact religious sisters have had on the United States and its culture. "God's Women: Nuns in America" is on exhibit in the nation’s capital at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center until Jan. 30, 2005.

Archbishop tells Argentineans no excuse for attacks on life

Nov 12, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Addressing issues of human life and the family, Archbishop Domingo Castagna of Corrientes, Argentina, said this week, “Respect for life allows for no exceptions.”  During his comments the Archbishop recalled that poverty, health problems, and even rape provide motives for attacks against this inalienable right.

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