Nov 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- U.S. Catholic bishops on Wednesday launched an ambitious plan to promote marriage, an institution they see as being under extreme pressure, not specifically from those who favor homosexual unions but from the general difficulty of getting and staying married.
Nov 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Receiving the leaders of three religious communities in Azerbaijan this morning – Russian Orthodox, Muslim, and Jewish – Pope John Paul II said: "Muslims, Jews and Christians, in the name of God and civilization, together...we appeal for an end to violence” in the world.
Card. McCarrick blames media and “activists” for attacks against bishops who took firm stand on CommunionNov 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, reporting yesterday before the plenary of the USCCB on his job as President of the Task Force on Catholic Bishops and Catholic Politicians, blamed the media and partisan activists for unjustly attacking bishops who spoke out this election year on whether dissenting Catholic politicians should receive Communion.
Nov 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- At the opening of the 16th Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Family, which began this morning in the Vatican, Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, council president, addressed the assembly on its them, "The Mission of Mature, Experienced Couples with Engaged and Young Married Couples," in which he highlight the richness that young couples can draw out of the wisdom of older parents and grandparents.
Nov 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Pentagon settled an ACLU lawsuit Nov. 15 that requires it to warn military bases not to directly sponsor Boy Scout troops because the group requires a belief in God for membership.
Nov 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Commenting on the proposed changes to educational policies by Spain’s Socialist government, Archbishop Antonio Cañizares Llovera of Toledo warned this Monday in Madrid that the proposals would only “make the broken culture of our time worse” by departing further from “the authentic view of man.”
Nov 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Representatives of different Christian denominations signed a statement this week exhorting the faithful around the world to make pilgrimages to the Holy Land to help stop the massive exodus of Christians.
Nov 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Spanish Association United for Life has begun a campaign calling for the creation of a Memorial Park in Madrid and in other Spanish cities in order to honor the children who have died as victims of abortion in the country since its legalization in 1985.
Nov 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A group of undergraduate students at Princeton University wrestled first-hand with the ethical question of whether the life of a premature baby should be ended if medical data predict a low chance of survival.
Nov 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Chicago will be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.