Archive of November 15, 2004

Bishop Skylstad new President of US Bishops conference; Cardinal George is VP

Nov 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has elected the Most Reverend William S. Skylstad, Bishop of Spokane, in Washington, to succeed Bishop Wilton Gregory as its new president this morning. Bishop Skylstad has served as vice president of the conference during Bishop Gregory’s term in office.

Inscribe fundamental rights, defense of all human dignity into law, says Pope to Iraq

Nov 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Meeting with the Iraqi ambassador to the Holy See, Albert Edward Ismail Yelda, this morning, Pope John Paul II affirmed that the “entire Catholic Church” is committed to aiding the Iraqi people reconstruct their country and stressed the importance of inscribing the right to religious freedom and the principle of the defense of the dignity of all persons into law in order that they “become an enduring part of the living fabric of society.”

Family groups applaud Peterson conviction

Nov 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Family and pro-life groups are pleased with the Scott Peterson’s conviction for the murder of his wife, Laci, and his preborn child, Connor. This is the first case in which the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which was passed after the murders of Laci and Connor, was applied.

Boston archbishop calls for solidarity from parishioners in church closings

Nov 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Sean P. O’Malley of Boston issued a letter Nov. 13 to all Catholics in the archdiocese, explaining once again the reasons for parish closures. In it, he said that closing parishes is the hardest thing he has ever had to do in 40 years in religious life.

African and European bishops seek solutions, co-operation strategies

Nov 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- More than 100 bishops from the Europe and Africa met outside Rome last week to tackle the problems facing Christianity in Europe and the suffering of the people in Africa.

Fidelity to charismatic roots ensures more effective apostolate, says Pope

Nov 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II, receiving participants in the general chapter of the Congregation of St. Elizabeth, told them that the fidelity to their founding charism ensures them of a more effective apostolate.

Walesa says Europe must rediscover the concept of freedom

Nov 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Participating in the opening of the new academic year at the Lateran Pontifical University in Rome, former president of Poland, Lech Walesa, said it is urgent Europe rediscovers the concept of freedom.

Majority approval does not guarantee justness and morality of laws

Nov 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The secretary general and spokesman of the Bishops Conference of Spain, Fr. Juan Antonio Martinez Camino, criticized the government’s proposal to make homosexual unions equal to marriage, emphasizing that “there are many unjust laws that were approved by the majority.”

Doctors support Church’s call for removal of abortion pill from Ecuador

Nov 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Medical Federation of Ecuador has joined the Catholic Church in denouncing the abortifacient nature of the morning after pill and has announced its support for calls to have the drug removed from pharmacies.

Roles of Pope and Reagan in the collapse of Communism explored

Nov 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The convergence of the historic roles played by Pope John Paul II and Ronald Reagan in the collapse of Communism was assessed by former Reagan administration national security advisor Nov. 14.

Eucharist is full expression of thanksgiving, says Pope

Nov 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In reflections made before praying the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square yesterday, Pope John Paul II, noting that Italy was “celebrating a Day of Thanksgiving to God for the fruits of the earth harvested during the year,” said that "thanksgiving is fully expressed in the Eucharist.”

Mexican bishops: building of casinos not “panacea” for development

Nov 15, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops Conference of Mexico warned this week that approval of a new law on casinos is not the path to take for achieving development in the country and could aggravate problems.

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