Dec 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Speaking yesterday at the U.N. on the 10th anniversary of the International Year of the Family, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, apostolic nuncio and Holy See permanent observer to the United Nations, said that the family, the fundamental unit of society, must be protected because of its indispensable contribution to society’s security and development.
Dec 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Hoping to receive a clearer picture of its financial liability in sex abuses lawsuits and that its insurers will pay some of the claims, the diocese of Spokane, which yesterday became only the third in the U.S. to file for bankruptcy, is heading into relatively uncharted and unpredictable legal issues, the costs of which may be very much higher than expected.
Dec 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Rocco Buttiglione, Italy's Minister for European Affairs and the nominee to the European Commission who was vociferously rejected by the EU for his Catholic views on marriage and sexuality, has been awarded the "Faith and Freedom" Award by the Michigan-based Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty.
Dec 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The New York Board of Rabbis and the Catholic League issued a joint statement yesterday denouncing the newly created holiday, which combines Chanukah and Christmas, called Chrismukkah.
Dec 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican is urging the United Nations to give acts of hatred and discrimination against Christians the same recognition as a social evil that is given to such acts committed against Jews and Muslims.
Dec 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II will use an award he received today from the World Federation of Scientists, "for scholarships for needy students in the Third World."
Dec 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Holy Father's message for the 2005 World Day of Migrants and Refugees, focuses on the theme of "Intercultural Integration" and will be presented on Thursday, December 9 at 11:30 a.m. in the Holy See Press Office.
Dec 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne, Australia, Christopher Prowse has expressed his regret at the downscaling of Christmas celebrations in the country because of fears of offending people of other faiths or of no faith.
Dec 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Speaking to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) yesterday about the current situation in Ukraine, Mgr Stanislaw Szyrokoradiuk, Roman Catholic Auxiliary Bishop of Kyiv-Zhytomyr, said that “people are awake now, they do not want a prolongation of the old state of affairs.”
Dec 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- An article in this week’s Newsweek on the birth of Jesus goes tete-a-tete with what the magazine’s most recent poll says Americans believe about Christmas.
Dec 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Jose Guadalupe Martin Rabago of Leon, Mexico, revealed this week that the shortage of vocations to the priesthood means each priest on average must minister to between 13,000 and 14,000 people.
Dec 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The director of a Dutch abortion boat will travel to Argentina on December 9 in order to promote through a book release the legalization of abortion in the country.
Dec 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops Conference of Mexico took the occasion of World AIDS Day to express its firm support for a prevention campaign against the disease, and at the same time expressing solidarity with those infected with the HIV virus.