Archive of February 9, 2005

Pope celebrates Ash Wednesday Mass from hospital

Feb 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- According to the Holy See Press Office, “this morning the Holy Father presided at the concelebration of Ash Wednesday Mass in his hospital room.”

Archbishop of Paris says Pope doesn’t have to be Schwarzenegger or Superman

Feb 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Jean Marie Lustiger, said today, “The Pope does not need to be like Arnold Schwarzenegger, the govenor of California, and look like Superman in order to govern the Church.”

Vatican denounces book, suspends U.S. Jesuit from teaching Catholic theology

Feb 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has denounced the book “Jesus: Symbol of God” by American Jesuit Fr. Roger Haight as containing "grave doctrinal errors,” reported John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter.

Pro-life leaders seek face-to-face meeting with Senator Clinton

Feb 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Members of the Christian Defense Coalition presented themselves at Senator Hillary Clinton's office today to schedule a meeting to discuss the issues of abortion and abstinence.

Cardinal Stafford calls faithful to the “duty of conversion” at St Peter’s Basilica

Feb 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- This morning at 10:30, Cardinal James Francis Stafford, major penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary, presided at Ash Wednesday Mass in St. Peter's Basilica in the place of the Holy Father who remains at the Gemelli hospital.

Cameroon to host World Day of the Sick on Friday

Feb 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- This morning, Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry, opened the traditional preceding meetings for the World Day of the Sick, which will be celebrated on February 11th

Catholic parishes flourish in Southern U.S.

Feb 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic Church in the southern U.S. is flourishing and growing at an impressive rate. But its rebirth in the historical Protestant Bible Belt is not only about numbers in the pews, but the creation of a Catholic culture and a strict adherence to Catholic teachings, says a report by journalist Tim Padgett. 

New York mayor to challenge legal right to hold religious service in school gym

Feb 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic League has accused Mayor Michael Bloomberg of supporting religious discrimination after news that his administration was going to challenge a two-year-old court ruling that allows a Christian group to hold Sunday services in a school gym.

Life Teen ministry denies allegations against founder

Feb 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Mark Hart, Vice President of Life Teen, a Catholic ministry aimed at sharing the Gospel with high school youth, recently denied allegations of sexual impropriety against their founder, Msgr. Dale Fushek.

Catholic camp for teens takes root in Missouri

Feb 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Office of Youth Ministry in the Archdiocese of St. Louis has always dreamed of having a Catholic summer camp. Now Greg Barker, who used to call himself a displaced youth minister, is helping to make that dream a reality. 

Bolivian bishop warns against separatist tendencies

Feb 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Jesus Juarez Parraga, SDB, of El Alto, Bolivia, warned in a pastoral letter this week that the legitimate demands of the country’s different regions for autonomy should not divide the country.

Famous volleyball player leaves sport to become religious

Feb 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Italian media has been fixated with the story of Michela Amadori, a renowned volleyball player who has decided to leave the sport and enter the cloister.

Chilean bishop trusts John Paul II will remain Pope until death

Feb 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Alejandro Goic of Rancagua, Chile, and president of the country’s Bishops Conference said this week that, “because of his nature, and despite the health problems he faces, Pope John Paul II will finish his pontificate.”

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