Archive of February 2, 2005

Pope’s condition improves overnight but will remain in hospital

Feb 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- This morning Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin Navarro-Valls released a statement saying that the condition of John Paul II, who was hospitalized last evening due to flu complications, had improved overnight.

Vatican source warns against so-called "expert" speculations on Pope's health

Feb 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- This morning, a Vatican source contacted by CNA warned about confusion that so-called "experts" consulted by the secular media can create regarding the true state of the Pontiff’s condition.

High School Student Speaks out on abortion debate

Feb 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Michelle Bauman, a 15-year-old sophomore at Bishop Machebeuf High School in Denver recently added her voice to those surrounding a debate over a Boulder parish and its burial of almost 500 aborted babies last month.

Catholic leaders of Archdiocese of Denver to receive Papal Honors

Feb 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- According to the Archdiocese of Denver, Pope John Paul II has recently named six area couples and five individuals as recipients of significant papal honors.

Canada introduces same-sex marriage legislation

Feb 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Prime Minister Paul Martin’s Liberal government introduced same-sex marriage legislation in the House of Commons yesterday. If passed, as expected, it will make Canada the third country in the world to allow same-sex marriage.

Dioceses celebrate ‘beauty of Catholic education’

Feb 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Catholic schools across the country are celebrating excellence in education this week and promoting the benefits of combined academic and faith formation.

Harrisburg bishop’s alma mater raises funds since ordination

Feb 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Harrisburg returned to his alma mater yesterday to mark Catholic Schools Week and to unveil a sum of $62,000, which the school recently received in donations.

La Quinta Inns orders abortionist to stop using hotel as hospital

Feb 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- La Quinta Inns has ordered late-term abortionist George Tiller to stop using its hotels to provide ongoing medical care to abortion patients undergoing multiple-day procedures at his clinic, reported Operation Rescue.

Roman Rota judge says homosexual unions cannot be considered marriages

Feb 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Dean of the Apostolic Tribunal of the Roman Rota, Polish Cardinal Antoni Stankiewicz, expressed his rejection of homosexual unions and their legalization in some countries, because “they cannot be considered as marriages.”

Cardinal Rivera reiterates that complete happiness is found in Heaven

Feb 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, said this week Christians are called to look for complete happiness, “which begins here and reaches its fullness in the final encounter with God.”

Cardinal Lopez Rodriguez calls on Dominicans to unite in prayer for nation

Feb 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The archbishop of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez, issued a call to the more than 20,000 people gathered in the Olympic Stadium to unite together in “an intense network of prayer” to overcome the problems that are affecting the country.

Pope thanks faithful for their “fervent prayers”

Feb 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Today while presiding at a Mass for the annual Day for Consecrated Life, Archbishop Franc Rode, prefect for the Congregation for Consecrated Life, relayed a message from the Pope John Paul II thanking those who have been praying for his health.

Italian Health Minister optimistic about Pope's recovery

Feb 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul's health is improving and doctors are optimistic about his recovery, Girolamo Sirchia, Italy's health minister said this afternoon.

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