Nov 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Receiving participants this morning in the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for Laity who are reflecting on the theme "Discover once again the true face of the Parish," Pope John Paul II stated that the parish is the “place par excellence to announce Christ and educate people in the faith.”
Nov 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a message for World AIDS Day, the President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health workers and the Sick, Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, revealed that the Church operates 26.7% of the centers dedicated to caring for victims of AIDS in the world.According to the Cardinal, “Ever since the appearance of this terrible scourge, has always made her contribution both to preventing the transmission of the HIV virus and to looking after AIDS victims and their families at the medical/assistance, social, spiritual and pastoral levels.”
Nov 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health workers and the Sick said the stigma associated with AIDS victims should be banished from society, and he renewed the commitment of the Church in the struggle against the disease.
Nov 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A California school threw “aside all common sense” in its decision to ban a teacher from providing students with handouts of historical documents because they include references to God, says lawyer Gary McCaleb.
Nov 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The adoption movement doesn’t get much play in the public policy arena and in the press, but Daniel K. Proft, president of the Conservative news service “Illinois Leader,” is proposing means to change that.
Nov 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In an interview this morning with the international Catholic charity, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Fr. Borys Gudziak, the rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, warned that “in Ukraine, religious freedom is under threat.“
Nov 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Father Nizar Semaan, a Catholic priest from the city of Mosul, told the Fides News Agency this week that Christians in Iraq have not lost their faith despite the ongoing violence, and they are rebuilding “churches and chapels” destroyed during recent attacks.
Nov 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Daily Mirror Newspaper reported that a 24-year old mother of two was denied the morning-after pill by a Catholic pharmacist on grounds of his religious beliefs.