Archive of January 12, 2005

Pope to travel to Germany for World Youth Day in August 2005, Vatican official confirms

Jan 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In response to questions by journalists today, Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin Navarro-Valls stated that the Vatican will officially “confirm the Holy Father's trip to Cologne, Germany for World Youth Day."

Fatima Bulletin reveals Gibson visited Fatima visionary and showed her ‘The Passion’

Jan 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Mel Gibson met with Sr. Lucia of Fatima at the Convent in Coimbra, Portugal, and screened “The Passion of the Christ” for the Carmelite community there during Lent 2004, reveals the latest issue of the Fatima Bulletin.

Vatican wants U.S. to “finish job in Iraq,” says Ambassador

Jan 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. ambassador to the Vatican responded to comments made by Pio Cardinal Laghi Monday that President George Bush has not held his promise for a quick end to the war in Iraq – a promise the cardinal says Bush made in March 2003.

Legion of Christ responds to stories about being ‘banned’ in US Archdiocese

Jan 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Legion of Christ recently released a statement regarding the decision of St. Paul-Minneapolis Archbishop Harry Flynn to ban the work of the movement throughout the Archdiocese.

Priests for Life comments on abortionist's fear of violence

Jan 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The national director of Priests for Life has called on all people to reject violence “whether directed against abortion providers or against unborn children, and furthermore to reject the idea that we can be against one type of violence but for the other.”

Pope praises courage of Christian Martyrs during General Audience

Jan 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In today's general audience, which was held in the Paul VI Hall, the Pope praised the Christian martyrs who, "chose the way of the cross, not giving in to evil and its virulence, but committing themselves to the Father and uniting themselves to the death of Christ with a testimony of devotion and courage that brought them to 'love not their lives even unto death'."

Becket Fund submits brief to Swedish Court in defense of Swedish pastor

Jan 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- An U.S.-based nonprofit organization, committed to protecting religious liberties, has taken its mission overseas.

Abortion industry in Cuba prevents doctor from traveling to visit family

Jan 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In the midst of the controversy surrounding the Cuban government’s decision to deny a well-known doctor the chance to visit her family in Argentina, the newspaper “Nuevo Siglo On Line” published an article maintaining that the real reason for the decision has to do with the abortion industry promoted by the Castro regime.

Venezuelan Bishop calls for education defending human dignity

Jan 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Secretary General of the Venezuelan Bishops Conference, Archbishop Luis Azuaje, said this week the educational plans the government is developing should “defend the dignity of the human person and personal growth.”

Parents force mentally handicapped daughter to undergo abortion

Jan 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A mentally handicapped young woman in Avila, Spain, was taken by her parents to obtain an abortion, despite the hundreds of people who volunteered to care for the young woman and her child.

Decrease in Catholic population raising concern in Brazil

Jan 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A study by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (BIGS) has revealed that in recent decades, the number of Catholics in the country has decreased by 20%.  The report based on 2000 census data showed that between 1960 and 2001, the number of Catholics dropped, due to the aggressive advance of Evangelical sects, religious indifference and the lack of an effective and firm pastoral outreach.

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