Archive of November 26, 2004

Pope calls for a National Day of Prayer for Vocations in the US

Nov 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II called on the Church in the United States to establish a National Day of Prayer for Vocations today in addressing a group of North American bishops, who were in Rome for their Ad Limina visit.

Nations must guarantee human dignity of prisoners, Pope says

Nov 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II called on all nations this morning to ensure that prisoners are guaranteed their basic human rights and that alternative penalties to prison be sought and developed to include programs of “human, professional and spiritual formation.”

US bishops celebrate Thanksgiving and connection to Church Fathers in Rome

Nov 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- It was an Italian Thanksgiving yesterday for about a dozen United States bishops, who are in Rome this week for their Ad Limina visit.

Australian priests stop ‘New Age’ baptism, retake Trinitarian formula

Nov 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Parishioners baptized at St. Mary’s Parish in the Archdiocese of Brisbane in the last decade should contact the church and check whether or not the church actually recognizes their baptism, said Fr. Adrian Farrelly, the archdiocese’s tribunal judicial vicar.

Malta to hold a conference on psychology of the unborn child

Nov 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Malta Union of Professional Psychologists will offer a unique perspective to the abortion debate with a conference focused on the unborn child next month.

Irish missionary in Kenya dies in home robbery

Nov 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- An African missionary was killed yesterday during a robbery at his home in Kenya, reported RTE Irish News.

Archbishop meets with parishioners to answer questions on conscience, homosexuality

Nov 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop John Vlazny of Portland, Oregon, met with about 125 parishioners from St. Clare Parish earlier this week for a 90-minute question-and-answer evening on some of the Church’s moral teachings.

Praying the rosary brings change to community

Nov 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- It’s a powerful tool that is changing communities and changing hearts; it’s the rosary. Its popularity has increased over recent years, especially since Pope John Paul II called the Year of the Rosary in October 2003.

Cardinal calls for easier registration of religious weddings in Chile

Nov 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- While participating in the General Assembly of the Bishops Conference of Chile, the Conference’s president, Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz, insisted that the country’s government facilitate the civil registration of religions weddings and he lamented the petitions for divorce in the country.

New bill to speed up divorce will hinder efforts at marital reconciliation in Spain

Nov 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Institute on Family Policy in Spain denounced a new version of a Spain’s divorce law being proposed by the government, saying the measure would hinder efforts to bring about marital reconciliation by eliminating the time of separation required before a divorce could be filed.

Turn off your TV to protest poor programming, says Argentinean school for parents

Nov 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In response to the lack of interest on the part of television producers to improve the quality of TV programs in Argentina, the Virtual School for Parents (VSP) will begin a campaign on December 8 to ask people to turn their televisions off as a sign of protest.

Cardinal Rubiano calls on Colombians to support paramilitary groups choosing to disarm

Nov 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Bogota, Colombia, Cardinal Pedro Rubiano Saenz, called on Colombians this week not to reject the gestures by 450 paramilitary soldiers who have begun to demobilize and lay down their arms in parts of the war-torn country.

Bishop in Southern Mexico concerned about spread of gangs

Nov 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel of San Cristobal de las Casas said this week the spread of juvenile gangs is an “extremely worrisome” phenomenon.

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