Dec 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- John Paul II met with bishops from Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, this morning in his last encounter with U.S. bishops making their "ad limina" visit, and told them that the “pain and scandal of recent years [is] both 'a sign of the times' and a providential call to conversion and deeper fidelity to the demands of the Gospel.”
Dec 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver has urged his faithful to “scrub” the expression “Happy Holidays” from Catholic vocabulary.
Dec 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Supreme Court of Canada may have issued its judgment on same-sex marriage, but the debate isn’t over yet, said the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB).
Secularism, unbelief in Europe must be dealt with to preserve Christian identity, Vatican authority saysDec 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a speech given by Cardinal Paul Poupard, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, today in Minsk, Belarus, he said that in order for Europe to continue to be a community that thrives on veritable values, Christianity must confront secularism, indifference and unbelief among Europeans.
Dec 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The seventh International Congress on the Pastoral Care of Circus and Amusement Park Workers organized by the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, will take place in Rome from December 12 through 16 will take place.
Dec 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pro-life demonstrators, who were arrested at a Kansas City intersection in June 2001 because of the complaints of passers-by that their graphic signs of an aborted unborn child were offensive, are hoping, after losing a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Kansas City police in a district court and then an 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, that their First Amendment complaint will be heard by the Supreme Court.
Dec 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The bells will ring this Christmas at the Cathedral of St. Paul.
Dec 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The movement to take “Christ” out of Christmas has spread to Catholic Italy’s public schools, sparking a national debate. The Vatican has spoken out, urging Christians to maintain and respect their traditions and identity.
Dec 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Two judges are expected to rule next week in separate cases on whether the Christian Nativity scene can be displayed in public.
Dec 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On the passing of the Civil Union Bill into law today in New Zealand, Family Life International, New Zealand called it a “sad day” for the country and stated that the Parliamentary decision “makes an absolute mockery of due democratic process and will have many negative implications for future generations.”
Dec 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- After a Supreme Court judgment yesterday, the Canadian Liberal government is intent on legalizing same-sex marriage. This, despite the fact that most Canadians would want to live in traditional families, a new study reveals.