Mar 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Speaking to a sometimes hostile crowd of civic and business leaders on Tuesday, Denver’s Archbishop Charles Chaput set out to defend the role of the Church in public life.
Mar 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Kneeling during mass plays a central role in worship and must be encouraged in Catholic parishes, said Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted. In his recent column in the Catholic Sun, the bishop of Phoenix offered strong reasoning in favor of kneeling during the consecration at mass, a practice lost in many Arizona parishes and elsewhere.
Mar 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a statement made public yesterday, but dated February 28th, the Florida Catholic Conference broke their silence regarding brain-damaged Terri Schiavo, who has spent the last ten years in hospice care unable to speak or move.
Mar 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Contrary to what many media sources have been reporting, the U.S. has not backed down on what has been called a contentious proposal to the U.N. that a document on women’s equality does not support abortion as a “right.”
Mar 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The attorney for Terri Schindler Schiavo's parents has filed a new motion, alleging that Judge George W. Greer’s decision in February 2000, authorizing Terri’s death, was “erroneously influenced” by a mistake in fact.
Mar 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- "Intellectual and Scientific Research, a Way to Meet Christ", will be the theme of a gathering of young Europeans as a prelude to this summer’s World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany.
Mar 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican announced today that next Friday, March 11th, new research will be presented on the relationship between science, philosophy and theology.
Mar 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A distinguished law professor at UNC-Wilmington recently wrote the president of the Jesuit-run Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., pointing out that the school’s policies discriminate against Christian students.
Mar 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Catholic Charities USA welcomes some senators’ efforts to put poverty issues on the Congressional agenda, calling their proposals “a good first step in addressing the needs of the nation's low-income families.”
Mar 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Julio Teran Dutari of Ibarra, Ecuador, expressed his support this week for the recent declaration of the Bishops Conference of Ecuador denouncing the concentration of power as a possible prelude to dictatorship, and he reaffirmed that “this is not a position against any one individual but rather an analysis of what is happening in the country.”
Mar 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In his weekly column for L’Espresso Online, Vatican watcher Sandro Magister notes that although Pope John Paul II has temporarily lost his voice, “he speaks strongly and clearly” in his latest book, “Memory and Identity.”
Mar 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The mayor of Anapu, Brazil, Luiz Reis do Carvalho, denied having any role in a supposed plan to protect the perpetrators of the murder of a US missionary, Dorothy Stang, who was gunned down on February 12 in a small town in the state of Para.
Mar 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Ex-President of Argentina Eduardo Duhalde has become the favored candidate of pro-abortion groups in the upcoming national elections after joining with his wife in calling for the legalization of abortion in the country.
Mar 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During a press conference the Bishops Conference of Mexico issued a request that the Secretariat of Health modify a campaign against homophobia because by centering it on a “false anthropological basis,” it ends up promoting homosexuality.