Archive of November 29, 2004

By returning relics to Orthodox, Pope marks desire to speed up Christian unity

Nov 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II manifested his desire for Christian unity when he handed over the relics of Saint John Chrysostom and Saint Gregory Nazianzen to the Orthodox Ecumentical Patriarch Bartholomew I in Saint Peter’s Basilica on Saturday.

Rediscover the mystery and significance of Sunday, says Pope

Nov 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Speaking yesterday from his balcony overlooking St. Peter’s square befor praying the Angelus, Pope John Paul II urged Christians to rediscover 'with new strength the meaning of Sunday: its 'mystery,' the value of its celebration, its significance for the Christian and human life."

Pope’s handing over of saints relics to Orthodox not a “reparation,” says Vatican

Nov 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican has issued a statement saying that some media reports that have presented Pope John Paul II’s handing over of the relics of Saints John Chrysostom and Gregory Nazianzen to the Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople on Saturday as an act of “reparation,” or that they had been stolen by Crusaders in the 12th  century and brought to Rome, are mistaken.

Experts now say abstinence and fidelity key to stopping AIDS

Nov 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Just a few days away from the celebration of World AIDS Day, the prestigious medical magazine “The Lancet” has published a document signed by experts from 36 countries who for the first time recognize that abstinence and fidelity are key to stopping the spread of AIDS.

Catholic bishops advise sick parishioners not to shake hands or drink from chalice

Nov 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Concerned about the health of their parishioners, several United States bishops have issued advisories, telling churchgoers that they should not shake hands or drink from the chalice during mass if they have a flu or a cold.

New Catholic high school likely for Northern Colorado

Nov 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Plans for a new Catholic high school and eventual church are brewing in the Archdiocese of Denver, north of the city. The archdiocese has given its official backing for the project, which was initiated by two lay people, reported the Northern Colorado Business Report.

Scottish cardinal challenges government to make St. Andrew’s national holiday

Nov 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Scotland is debating whether it should legislate another public holiday, and a Scottish cardinal is suggesting that it be on St. Andrew’s Day.

Catholic television becomes national in Canada

Nov 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Canada’s first Catholic television network is now available coast to coast through Bell ExpressVu satellite television on channel 654. Salt + Light Television is currently on free preview for Bell ExpressVu subscribers until mid-January.

New president of Chilean Bishops Conference says: “We will be passionate defenders of life”

Nov 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Alejandro Goic, the new president of the Bishops Conference of Chile, announced this Friday that the bishops of the country “shall not back away from defending life in all of its stages.”

Argentinean bishops announces march for life and the family

Nov 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Ruben Frassia of Avellaneda, Argentina, announced last Saturday that the Church will promote a huge march for life that will take place in Buenos Aires on December 11.

Nuncio in Bolivia says only dialogue will help to overcome crisis

Nov 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Apostolic Nuncio to Bolivia, Archbishop Ivo Scapolo, said this week the current social crisis facing the country can only be overcome by a frank dialogue between all parties of the conflict.

Russian Orthodox Church barrier to dialogue in East Europe, says expert

Nov 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Marko Tomashek, Aid to the Church in Need’s chief Easter Europe expert, has explained that there is "a line of division" between the Russian Orthodox Church and all the other ecclesial communities and churches in the Ukraine, which was made very evident in the recent elections.

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