Archive of February 21, 2005

Pope says, we must not “squander” health

Feb 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican publicized a letter from John Paul II to Bishop Elio Sgreccia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, and to participants in a study congress themed, "The Quality of Life and the Ethics of Health," being held in the Vatican from February 21 to 23.

UN Adopts Pro-Life Declaration Against Human Cloning

Feb 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- After three years of apparent deadlock, the United Nations adopted a declaration Feb. 18 condemning human cloning, reported the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-FAM).

We draw new vigor from the Eucharist, says Pope at Sunday Angelus

Feb 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Sunday morning, thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square to see Pope John Paul who celebrated his second Sunday Angelus since leaving the Gemelli hospital.

We should praise those who do good in the media, says Archbishop Foley

Feb 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- This morning, the Pontifical Council for Social Communications celebrated Mass for their annual plenary session in St. Peter’s Basilica.

Archbishop calls Pope’s new Letter to Communicators, “a masterpiece of intuition”

Feb 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- This morning, Archbishop John Foley, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, presented a new Apostolic Letter from Pope John Paul II entitled, 'Rapid Development’, addressed to “Those Responsible for Communications.”

Pope to preside at Wednesday general audience

Feb 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican announced today that on Wednesday, the Holy Father will make his third public appearance since his release from Rome’s Gemelli hospital.

Exhibit on Pope’s relationship with Jews set to open on Pope’s 85th birthday

Feb 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A major new exhibit on Pope John Paul II and his relationship with the Jewish people is set to open on the Pope’s 85th birthday."A Blessing to One another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People" will run from May 18 to July 15 at the Jesuit-run Xavier University in Cincinnati.

Effective marriage conference returns to Omaha

Feb 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Being and staying married in today’s culture is difficult. However, a marriage conference that has helped countless couples live successful, Christian marriages is available and will be returning to the Omaha area soon.

Suspect in nun’s murder surrendered to police

Feb 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A suspect in the murder of a U.S. nun in rural Brazil last week surrendered to police Feb.19.

Vatican concludes Lenten retreat, strengthened to bear witness to “God’s new and eternal covenant with humanity”

Feb 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Saturday morning, the Vatican household concluded the annual Lenten spiritual excercises preached by Bishop Renato Corti of Novara, Italy.

Investigation into assassination Guatemalan bishop reopened

Feb 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- After more than two years since a conviction in the case was handed down, the highest court in Guatemala, the Constitutional Court, has ordered a court of appeals to settle outstanding issues related to a 2002 ruling on the assassination of Auxiliary Bishop of Guatemala City Juan Jose Gerardi, which took place in April of 1998.

Argentinean bishop slams heath minister’s “defense of homicide”

Feb 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Antonio Baseotto of the Argentinean Military Diocese has sent an energetic letter to the country’s Health Minister, Gines Gonzalez Garcia, in response to his recent statements in favor of abortion.  “The spread of abortions which you are fostering through drugs that are known to be abortifacient is a defense of the crime of homicide,” the bishop wrote.

Bishop denounces pro-gay unions campaign in Mexico

Feb 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The President of Committee on Family Ministry of the Bishops Conference of Mexico, Bishop Rodrigo Aguilar Martinez, is questioning ads sponsored by the government’s Health Secretariat promoting homosexual unions as a “right,” saying, “We cannot go along with or accede to such things, because sooner or later the damage will be felt.”

Laity as ‘pillars’ and agents of reconciliation in Congo

Feb 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The laity is “the pillar of the Church in Africa” and they must work as “agents of reconciliation” between the numerous ethnic groups, said a priest and educator in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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