Archive of December 6, 2004

Do not separate faith from professional, political, and cultural life, says Pope

Dec 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Receiving bishops from the U.S. completing their ad limina visit on Saturday, Pope John Paul II spoke about the bishop’s role in helping the lay faithful incorporate their role in the Church’s mission, emphasizing the need for lay people to integrate their faith into their everyday professional, political and cultural life, while fully respecting the “legitimate” separation of Church and state.

Movie transmitting Christian values receives rave reviews

Dec 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Anne Holmes classic children’s novel, “I Am David,” of a 12- year-old refugee fleeing a totalitarian era Bulgaria in the 1950’s has been made into a movie and has been lauded for the Christian values it transmits to young people.

Bishop ‘at peace’ with nation’s largest settlement for sexual abuse

Dec 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The nation's largest settlement for victims of sexual abuse by clergy was agreed upon Dec. 2. The settlement, which involved the Diocese of Orange and 87 victims, was welcomed by the bishop, parishioners and the victims.

New declaration says protecting marriage important in protecting family

Dec 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- International pro-family leaders issued a declaration Dec. 3, urging governments around the world to protect the family by upholding, preserving and defending the institution of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

‘Project Reality’ defends successful abstinence program from congressman’s attack

Dec 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- An abstinence education organization says a recent report by Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA) demonstrates how fearful abstinence opponents are of the positive results of the abstinence education movement.

Bishop makes time for circus performers

Dec 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop John F. Kinney of St. Cloud, Minnesota, had dreamed of joining the circus as a child. His life took a different path, but his love and respect for circus performers have always remained.

Use Church’s social doctrine as reference for family, civil and professional responsibilities, says Pope

Dec 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a conference on Saturday devoted to reflection on the recently-published Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, Pope John Paul II urged that the Church’s social doctrine be known in a complete manner, not with undue emphasis on only one aspect or another, and that the laity use it as a reference for family, professional, and civic responsibilities.

Ukrainian Christian youth calls the nation to prayer, fidelity to Christ

Dec 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Interconfession Council of Christian Youth in Ukraine made an appeal to the Ukrainian people on Friday to keep praying and fasting for the resolution of the current situation in the country, stressing that unity and peace in Ukraine depends on the people’s faithfulness to the Commandments of Christ.

Catholic recording artist from US among top five at World Festival of Marian Songs

Dec 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A popular Catholic recording artist from the US took home one of the top five awards at the 20th World Festival of Marian Songs in Guatemala. 

Truth does not depend on the majority, Spanish archbishop says

Dec 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In his traditional weekly letter, Archbishop Agustin Garcia-Gasco of Valencia, Spain, called on Catholics to “awaken their sleeping consciences” in response to “essential” questions such as the defense of live, love, God, freedom and marriage, among others.

Venezuelan police block humanitarian effort by Church representative

Dec 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Venezuelan police force prevented a Church representative from carrying out a specifically humanitarian effort last week at the embassy of El Salvador in the capital city of Caracas.

Cubans joining together in prayer crusade for unity

Dec 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Thanks to an effort by a group of Catholics, hundreds of Cubans gathered together in churches throughout the country on the last Sunday of November in order to pray for unity in the nation.

Judge says "no more" morning after pill in Ecuador

Dec 6, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A judge in Ecuador ruled in favor of a petition filed by a group of lawyers against the morning after pill, saying the drug cannot be sold in the country until its abortifacient nature has been disproved.

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