Archive of February 11, 2005

Forensic Scientists reveal what Jesus may have looked like as a 12-year old

Feb 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Forensic scientists in Italy are working on a different kind of investigation—one that dates back 2000 years.

Pope anxious to get back to work

Feb 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Pope is back home at the Vatican today after his release Thursday evening from the Gemelli hospital in Rome.

Pope appoints Vingt-Trois new Archbishop of Paris

Feb 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Just back from the hospital after his recent bout with the flu, Pope John Paul II yesterday appointed Andre Vingt-Trois, former Archbishop of Tours, as the new Archbishop of Paris.

Church cannot support ‘emergency contraception’ for rape victims, says Archbishop Chaput

Feb 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a guest comment in the Denver Post Feb. 8, Archbishop Charles Chaput explained why the Catholic Church cannot support legislation that would require hospitals in the state to provide emergency contraception for women who are raped.

Messori says John Paul II has no intention of resigning

Feb 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Catholic journalist Vittorio Messori, who wrote “Crossing the Threshold of Hope” together with Pope John Paul II, told the Italian daily “Corriere della Sera” this week that the Holy Father has “no intention of resigning, no matter how sick he gets.”

New cardinals possible this year, says Vatican observer

Feb 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In his latest column for L’Espresso online, Vatican observer Sandro Magister speculates about the most important “candidates” in a possible conclave and signals that Pope John Paul II could convene a consistory this year to create new cardinals.

Mass. Supreme Court grants oral argument in seeking stay of same-sex marriage

Feb 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In an unexpected move, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court announced that it would hear oral argument in a case seeking to stay the court’s decision, which legalized same-sex marriage a year ago.

PA Catholic Conference says no to bill permitting embryonic stem-cell research

Feb 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference has launched a major campaign to stop legislation that would allow embryonic stem-cell research.

Draft legislation undermines commitment to refugees, say U.S. bishops

Feb 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops says draft legislation, which would have barriers and walls constructed along the U.S.-Mexico border, would undermine U.S. commitments to protecting victims of foreign persecution and make the country less secure.

Inner city youth minister uses Hip-hop to preach the Gospel

Feb 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- St. Francis of Assisi once said, “preach the Gospel at all times, if necessary, use words.” 27-year old Bob Lesnefsky’s motto isn’t too far off. “Preach the Gospel at all times, if necessary, use rap.”

Gibson to re-release Passion of the Christ

Feb 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On March 11th, Mel Gibson and New Market Films plan to release The Passion Recut to 500-750 movie screens around the country.

Brazilian Cardinal: the Pope’s mission will end when God calls him

Feb 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The president of the National Bishops Conference of Brazil and Archbishop of San Salvador de Bahia, Cardinal Geraldo Majella Agnelo, weighed in on media reports this week speculating about papal retirement, saying Pope John Paul II views “the governing of the Church as a mission” that will only reach its conclusion when he is called home to the Father.

Cardinal Rivera exhorts faithful to reach out to elderly during Lent

Feb 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Presiding at Ash Wednesday services at the Archdiocesan Cathedral, the Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, called on the faithful to live intensely “the Lenten conversion” and to reach out in charity to the “abandoned elderly.”

Legal abortions per year in Spain top 80,000

Feb 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A report from the Superior Council of Scientific Research has revealed the chilling statistics regarding the failure of legal abortion in Spain.  Although the only supposedly legal abortions are for reasons of rape, fetal deformity or “physical or psychiatric risk” to the mother, every day more than 200 women end the life of their unborn children in government-run clinics.

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