Archive of March 9, 2005

Pope gives impromptu blessing from hospital window

Mar 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- To the delight of hundreds of people gathered below, the Holy Father appeared at the window of his room at Rome’s Gemelli Polyclinic today to give an impromptu blessing.

Cardinal Ratzinger to write this year’s Vatican Way of the Cross

Mar 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Pope has chosen Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and dean of the College of Cardinals, to write the meditations for this year’s Way of the Cross, traditionally celebrated on Good Friday in Rome's Coliseum.

Pro-life leaders defend Gonzaga University president, say recent reports are false

Mar 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A group of well-respected national and international pro-life leaders issued an open letter yesterday defending Gonzaga University president Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ, from recent reports, which the leaders say, are based on false information.

New York Press Editor quits in wake of offensive Pope story

Mar 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Jeff Koyen, editor of the controversial alternative New York weekly, the New York Press quit rather than accept a two week suspension over the paper’s recent cover story, “the 52 Funniest things about the Upcoming Death of the Pope.”

County appeals ruling to remove Bible in public display

Mar 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Harris County has appealed a 2004 ruling made by a federal court judge that ordered an open Bible, which was part of a four-foot tall display, removed.

Catholic Charities urges Congress to protect programs that serve the poor

Mar 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Catholic Charities USA has urged Congress to protect programs that assist the poorest and most vulnerable members of society from deep spending cuts in the 2006 budget.

Believers must join forces to renew society, Pope tells Georgian Ambassador

Mar 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a message earlier today, the Holy Father welcomed new Georgian ambassador, Princess Khetevane Bagration de Moukhrani to the Holy See and called on believers worldwide to join forces in order to foster authentic social renewal.

Students ask court to prevent university from violating constitutional rights

Mar 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The students of the Christian Legal Society (CLS) at Arizona State University College of Law is asking a federal court to protect their constitutional rights.

Catholic Action Group supports boycott of Comic Relief fundraiser

Mar 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Another pro-life group has come out in support of a boycott by Catholics of Red Nose Day, a fundraising event for Comic Relief, which is scheduled to take place in Catholic schools March 11.

Bolivian bishops call for reconciliation in midst of deep national crisis

Mar 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops Conference of Bolivia has issued a statement entitled, “In the name of Christ, Be reconciled,” in which they exhort Bolivians to leave aside “polarizing and irreconcilable positions.”

Portuguese priest sparks controversy by denying Communion to anti-life leaders

Mar 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A Franciscan priest in Portugal has caused a stir throughout the media for his refusal to give Communion to public officials who claim to be Catholic but support abortion and other attacks on human life.

“Barrabas” says Passion filming led to his conversion

Mar 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Madrid’s publication “Alpha and Omega” publised an article in its latest edition on the testimony of the actor who played Barrabas in Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” who says he experienced a profound conversion while making the movie.

Pro-life supporters, Terri’s brother hopeful about new legislation aimed at saving Schiavo

Mar 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday, U.S. Representative Dave Weldon (R-FL), and Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL) introduced a piece of legislation which many hope could save brain-damaged Terri Schiavo’s life.

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