Archive of November 16, 2004

Bishop Gregory apologizes for errors, urges unity as steps down as USCCB president

Nov 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Wilton Gregory gave his final address as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops yesterday. The bishop has completed his three-year term.

FDA adds warnings to abortion pill

Nov 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- An abortion pill that pro-life groups have raised the red flag about for years, especially since the death of a teenager in 2003 who took the drug, received additional warnings by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration yesterday.

October 2005 Synod on Eucharist a sign of reciprocity, says Pope

Nov 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II said this morning, in a meeting with the general secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, that the October 2005 Synod on the Eucharist – only the 11th synod of bishops since 1965, when the first was inaugurated by Pope Paul VI - is especially timely as it falls during the end of the Year of the Eucharist.

Cardinal Rouco calls on laity not to fear marginalization and persecution

Nov 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Presiding at the closing of the Congress of Lay Apostolates, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varlea, Archbishop of Madrid and President of the Bishops Conference of Spain, issued an energietic call to the country’s Catholics to be witnesses without fear of being misunderstood and persecuted.

L.A. group demands cross back on county seal

Nov 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A citizens’ group is gathering signatures to restore a tiny cross to the county seal after the board of supervisors recently voted 3-2 to remove it.

Pope blesses actor who plays role of Karol Wojtyla in new movie

Nov 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Expressing his surprise upon learning of the making of a movie about his life, Pope John Paul II left the Polish actor who plays his part in the film speechless on meeting with him. The movie, entitled “Karol Wojtyla: the story of a man who became Pope,” is set to be screened on Italian television early next year.

Nobody dares to become Christian, says Indian bishop

Nov 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- There are practically no conversions to Christianity in the South West Indian state of Kerala, according to Bishop Peter Thuruthikonam of Vijayapuram.

Mexican Cardinal says faith and reason together lead to encounter with God

Nov 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Amidst the confusion and disorder of certain scientific and technological “advances,” man must understand that reason alone cannot address his fundamental questions, says Cardinal Norberto Rivera, Archbishop of Mexico.

Solution to moral crisis only found in conversion, Argentinean bishops say

Nov 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops Conference of Argentina published a letter this week in which they said only “a long process of conversion” will allow the country to overcome its crisis, the deepest roots of which are “moral and cultural.”

Lack of jobs an attack on human dignity, says Peruvian Cardinal

Nov 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, Archbishop of Lima, said this week “the lack of work is not an economic or political problem, it is a moral one” because the absence of work is an attack on human dignity.

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