Archive of November 22, 2004

Pope calls families to ‘singular mission’: build God’s Kindgom in history

Nov 22, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II has called married couples and families to their “singular” and “urgent” mission…”in building the Church and the Kingdom of God in history.” His words came during the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Family on Saturday November 20, who are meeting on the theme "The Mission of Mature, Experienced Couples with Engaged and Young Married Couples."

Pro-lifers call victory after UN shelves 'clone & kill' Belgian proposal

Nov 22, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Contrary to earlier press reports released by most major media Friday, pro-life organizations have cried victory after the United Nations shelved competing proposals for a treaty to ban human cloning. The UN agreed to meet to discuss the issue again in February during the current session of the Sixth Committee in order to finalize a compromise proposal put forward by the Italian delegation.

On feast of Christ the King, Pope marks 40th anniversary of Vatican II document "Lumen Gentium"

Nov 22, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During the Angelus in Saint Peter’s Square yesterday, the solemnity of Christ the King,  Pope John Paul II recalled that it was the 40th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council document Lumen Gentium, the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church.

U.S. Congress holds keys to survival of Iraqi minorities

Nov 22, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The U.S Congress can play a key role in ensuring the survival of several of the minority communities in Iraq. Seeking Congress’ assistance, representatives of some of these communities in Iraq will brief congressional staff on the perilous situation that they are facing in the new Iraq, at 2pm at the US Capitol today, states a press release from the Center of Religious Freedom.

Official report reveals strong anti-Catholic bigotry in Scotland

Nov 22, 2004 - 12:00 am .- According to a recent study carried out by the Crown Office in Scotland into prosecutions for religious bigotry since the passing of new anti-sectarianism legislation ni 2003, Catholics are by far the most likely victims of sectarian hostility, reports BBC News.

Montana couple begins process to canonize beloved Polish priest

Nov 22, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Catholics in Montana have taken up the cause for canonization of a beloved Polish priest, who came to them after years in Nazi prison camps.  

Petition launched to save mountaintop cross

Nov 22, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In an effort to save a 43-foot concrete cross atop Mount Soledad in San Diego, the Thomas More Law Center and other citizens’ groups have launched a national petition, urging federal officials to declare the Mount Soledad Veterans War Memorial a national memorial.

Pro-abortion organization says Bush re-election is ‘frightening’

Nov 22, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The director of a pro-abortion organization, called Catholics for a Free Choice, said she and her members are “a bit sad, frightened and even demoralized” by the re-election of President George W. Bush.

Canadian Justice Minister calls for debate on assisted suicide

Nov 22, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler said Nov. 17 that debate on assisted suicide should be reopened in Parliament and that Canadian laws forbidding it should be reviewed in light of two recent events in British Columbia and Quebec. 

Portraits and sculptures of Popes to be displayed in Rome

Nov 22, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The office of the Mayor of Rome announced this weekend that a collection of portraits and sculptures of the Popes by artists such as Rafael and Bernini will go on display in the Eternal City starting November 30.

Cubans honor exemplary Catholic politician during Catholic Social Week

Nov 22, 2004 - 12:00 am .- As part of the ninth Catholic Social Week, sponsored by the Justice and Peace Committee of the Bishops Conference of Cuba, participants of the event taking place in Camagüey honored a hero of Cuban independence as an exemplary model of political commitment and fidelity to Catholic principles.

Bishops of Nicaragua: Without God, things become more important than persons

Nov 22, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops Conference of Nicaragua called on the faithful last week to draw closer to God, because when the Lord “is not in the hearts of men, things begin to become more important that persons.”

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