Archive of December 3, 2004

US Embassy at the Vatican hosts conference on religious liberty

Dec 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The US Embassy at the Holy See, in collaboration with the Solidarity Association based in Atlanta, is hosting a conference on Friday, December 3, entitled, “Religious Liberty, Foundation of Human Dignity,” at the Pontifical Gregorian University.

Pope encourages diocesan newspapers to be “pulpits for the Gospel”

Dec 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- This morning Pope John Paul II called diocesan newspapers to pursue their mission as pulpits of the Gospel and thanked representatives of about 150 diocesan newspapers "for the service you render to building a civilization of love" which, "in the era of global communications is an ever-more difficult mission."

Vatican official speaks on religious freedom at US-sponsored conference in Rome

Dec 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a conference on religious freedom held this morning at Rome's Gregorian University Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, secretary for Relations with States, underscored that Vatican diplomacy were not determined by political interests but by the aim of ensuring religious freedom and conditions that allow the Church freedom to carry out Her mission.

Pope to preside at Mass for the 150th anniversary of the Immaculate Conception

Dec 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff announced today that on Wednesday, December 8, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary and the 150th anniversary of its dogmatic definition, the Holy Father will preside at 9:30 a.m. in the Vatican Basilica at a Eucharistic concelebration with other members of the College of Cardinals.

FRC slams Congressman Waxman's report against abstinence programs

Dec 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Family Research Council has slammed a report released yesterday by Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA) attacking abstinence-until-marriage education. Waxman, whose voting record shows him to be a staunch opponent of absstinence education, has consistently supported the distribution of contraceptive devices as a means of birth control.

Denver mayor to keep 'Merry Christmas' sign at city building

Dec 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The mayor of Denver said he is “glad” to oblige the local Christian community and keep the “Merry Christmas” sign as part of the Christmas display, which includes the Nativity scene, in front of the City and County Building.

Salesian Superior General denounces “anti-catholic secularism” of Europe

Dec 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During an historic gathering of Salesian superiors in Europe taking place until Sunday, December 5, the Salesian Superior General, Father Pascual Chavez, said the mission of the children of Don Bosco today should be that of transmitting the faith, the Gospel and the congregation’s charism to Europe.

21st International Marian Congress begins tomorrow in Rome

Dec 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Pontifical Lateran University in Rome will host the 21st International Marian Mariological Congress from December 4-8 on the theme "Mary of Nazareth Welcomes the Son of God in History."

High rate of depression in homosexuals blamed on “society,” not behavior

Dec 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, researchers from the Imperial College have noted a high rate of depression among homosexual and bisexual men and women, with almost a third of the 1,285 surveyed having attempted suicide. The study speculates that there is a “likely link” between mental illness and discrimination, a conclusion a leading UK mental health authority calls “simplistic.”

“Mercy killing” of newborns evidence of dangerous slippery slope, critic says

Dec 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The recent admission by a Dutch hospital that it has been mercy killing severely handicapped newborn babies by injecting them with lethal doses of muscle relaxant has prompted a Bill Beckman, executive director of Illinois Right to Life, to state that “the Netherlands is a country continuing down the slippery slope to the most grotesque forms of euthanasia,” reported the conservative Illinois Leader on Wednesday.

Church trial finds Methodist pastor guilty of living openly gay lifestyle

Dec 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A 13-members jury, made up of United Methodist church clergy, has found Pastor Irene Elizabeth Stroud guilty of violating church law by living openly with her homosexual partner, reported AgapePress.

Catholic schools increase enrollment through community outreach

Dec 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- When enrollment at their local Catholic schools dropped, parishioners in Cleveland’s East Side took matters into their own hands.

Australian cardinal backs stand against 'politically correct' baptisms

Dec 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Australia’s most senior Catholic cleric has said he supports the archbishop of Brisbane’s stand against priests who do not use the correct Scriptural words when giving the sacrament of baptism.

Government of Buenos Aires offers lukewarm apology for blasphemous art exhibit

Dec 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In an effort to address the concerns of Catholics, the Secretary for Culture of the city of Buenos Aires, Gustavo Lopez, apologized to “those who may have been offended” by a controversial “art exhibit” which ridiculed the Catholic faith, the Blessed Mother and the saints.  However, the exhibit will continue to be on display.

Comic book on life of the Pope published in Poland

Dec 3, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A comic book on the life of Pope John Paul II, written by three French authors, was published this week in Poland.

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