Archive of February 4, 2005

Pope hopes to preside at Angelus on Sunday

Feb 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin Navarro-Valls told journalists today that the “state of the Holy Father’s health has improved.” He also added that the Pope is now eating regularly and proceeded to read a statement on the current situation.

Archbishop Burke supports Terri Schiavo's parents in fight for life

Feb 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The most effective means to fight abortion and other threats to life is prayer, said Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis.

Archdiocese of Detroit puts brakes on reception honoring gay-outreach

Feb 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- According to the Archdiocese of Detroit, a celebration honoring a local nun and her outreach to gays has been forced to be moved off of Archdiocesan property because it conflicted with the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Phoenix Bishop says that scandal may return a healthy sense of sin

Feb 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Speaking to a group of youth ministers in the Diocese of Phoenix in January, Bishop Thomas Olmsted said that, “popes this century have described a loss of the sense of sin, a phenomena that is accompanied by the loss of the sense of God. But, through the scandal of child abuse by clergy, this trend may be changing.”

Holy See to issue document on dignity of marriage and annulments

Feb 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican announced this week the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts will release a new document entitled “Dignitas connubii” on the dignity of marriage and the question of annulments on Tuesday, February 8.

Holy Father expresses grief over death of 101-year-old Cardinal Bafile

Feb 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Upon learning of the death of 101-year-old Cardinal Corrado Bafile yesterday, the Holy Father sent a telegram to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, dean of the College of Cardinals conveying his sadness.

President of European Parliament expresses wishes for Pope’s recovery

Feb 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Joseph Borrell Fontelles, president of the European Parliament, met this morning with Vatican officials, Angelo Sodano,Cardinal Secretary of State and Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, secretary for Relations with States.

Priests' group urges support for Woman's-Right-to-Know Bill

Feb 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Priests for Life is urging the Georgia state Senate to pass a bill that would require medical professionals to inform all women seeking an abortion about the health risks and alternatives to abortion.

UK Group threatens campaign against Aids Policy

Feb 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The U.K.-based Catholic Action Group say that a deadline given to CAFOD, the Catholic Agency for Oversees Development to withdraw its policy of condom use to fight Aids has expired. Catholic Action Group adamantly points out that this policy is contrary to Church teaching, and should be revoked.

Gathering set to kick off men’s ministry in Pittsburgh

Feb 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A new group in Pittsburgh is reaching out to Catholic men, offering them an opportunity for faith and spiritual formation and fellowship.

Iraqi Christians claim they were denied right to vote

Feb 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- While Iraq is calling Sunday's elections a success, Christians in the Mideastern country and in the United States are claiming they were denied the right to vote.

Ecuadorian bishops say science does not negate abortifacient nature of the pill

Feb 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Parishes throughout Ecuador are distributing a letter from the executive committee of the Bishops Conference of Ecuador, which warns that science has not negated the abortifacient nature of the so-called morning-after pill.

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