Archive of December 1, 2004

Prevent AIDS by education for chastity and respect for sacredness of human life

Dec 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican Press Office released a message today on the occasion of World AIDS Day, dedicated to women this year, written by Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry, which calls for education on the sacredness of human life and in chastity as ways to prevent "one of the most devastating epidemics of our times.”

Settlement reported imminent between California diocese and alleged sexual abuse victims

Dec 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A settlement is reported to be imminent between the Catholic Diocese of Orange and 60 alleged victims of clergy sexual abuse, after two years of negotiations, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Violating rights of the poor is an act against God, says Pope

Dec 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Speaking on Psalm 71 in today's general audience in the Paul VI Hall, Pope John Paul II explained that because “the Lord is the guardian and defender of the poor and oppressed,” according to the Bible, violating the rights of the poor is “an act against God.”

Pope’s prayer intentions for December: children, inculturation of the Gospel

Dec 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Holy Father's general prayer intention for the month of December is: "That children may be considered as precious gifts of God and may be given due respect, understanding and love."

Civil Unions bill in New Zealand to be voted on tomorrow, an abuse of democracy says watchdog group

Dec 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Family Life International, New Zealand has released a statement warning that The Civil Union Bill proposing the legalisation of same sex unions, to be brought before New Zealand’s parliament this thursday, is severly lacking in due democratic process, is loaded with conflicts of interest, contains false claims, and has been unduly rushed in order to take advantage of the public’s lack of knowledge of the precise nature of the bill.

Public schools should respect faith practice of Muslim and Christian students equally, says Catholic League

Dec 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In recent years, public schools across the United States have removed Christmas traditions in an attempt to be “inclusive” and not offend students of other faiths. They’ve replaced references to the Christmas season with “Winter Holiday,” removed Nativity scenes and changed Christmas pageants to “Winter Festivals.”

Pro-life group seeks ‘prayer missionaries’ to be part of new e-mail prayer network

Dec 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The largest pro-life organization in the world is seeking people who are willing to assist in its pro-life mission through a new e-mail prayer network.

US bishops’ Christmas special to air on NBC stations

Dec 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- An hour-long Christmas special, produced by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC), will be distributed to NBC-TV stations Dec. 19.

Supreme Court of Canada to rule on same-sex marriage

Dec 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Supreme Court of Canada has announced that it will render its decision on the constitutionality of the federal government’s same-sex marriage bill Dec. 9.

Parish priest in Spain explains denial of Eucharist to homosexual couple

Dec 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Father Francisco Perez, a parish priest in the city of Acala la Real, Spain, said this week his decision to deny communion to a homosexual couple was based on canon law and for the good of the faithful.

Legislator attempts to block “abortion boat” from docking in Argentina

Dec 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A Buenos Aires Congressman has launched a legal effort to keep the Dutch abortion ship “Aurora” from docking in Argentina and offering abortion services to Argentinean women.

Church calls for justice and forgiveness after release of torture report in Chile

Dec 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Executive Committee of the Bishops Conference of Chile is calling on Chileans to respond with justice and a spirit of reconciliation to the painful “Report on Political Imprisonment and Torture.”

Church in Central America announces plan for rehabilitation of gang members

Dec 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Auxiliary Bishop Romulo Emiliani of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, announced this week that the Episcopal conferences of Central America will initiate a plan to help rehabilitate more than 100,000 young people involved in gangs.

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