Archive of April 14, 2005

Preparations for the conclave: Cardinals explore state of Church in the world

Apr 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- 142 cardinals participated this morning in the tenth General Congregation of Cardinals, leading up to Monday’s conclave where they will choose the next pope.

Four votes, two plumes of smoke per day during Conclave

Apr 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The cardinals gathered in the Conclave will vote twice in the morning and twice in the afternoon, but the burning of the ballots, which will send either white or black smoke into the air above the Sistine Chapel, will only take place twice each day.

Archbishop Sandri: ‘Church must bring to fruition legacy of extraordinary pope’

Apr 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- "To us, above all,” said Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, at a Mass for John Paul II last evening, “falls the task of bringing to fruition the legacy that this extraordinary Pope left to the Church and to the entire world in the course of his life and at the moment of his death."

Mary Ann Glendon: Better catechesis for the laity urgent

Apr 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The President of the Pontifical Council for the Sciences, Dr. Mary Ann Glendon, said Wednesday at the Vatican that the Catholic lay faithful needs a catechesis on par with the demands of today’s world.

Ad campaign decries activist judges, urges senators to vote on qualified

Apr 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A leading grassroots organization has launched the first phase of a national television advertising campaign that points to the fallout of judicial activism and asks citizens to press their Senators for a vote on the president’s judicial nominees.

Parents must have free choice for children’s education: Archbishop Gomez

Apr 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Parents have the right to choose where their children attend school, and a law that ensures “parents’ free choice of education is a true act of justice,” said Archbishop Jose Gomez.

Government must recognize stay-at-home parents: Bishop Morissette

Apr 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic Organization fro Life and the Family (COLF) is urging the Liberal government to provide financial assistance for families with stay-at-home parents.

Pro-family group publishes tools for same-sex marriage debate

Apr 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A new document has been published to give Catholics the tools they need to explain why they oppose same-sex marriage. 

Papal nuncio to Argentina: Magisterium of John Paul II changed the world

Apr 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Apostolic nuncio to Argentina, Archbishop Adriano Bernardini, said this week the magisterium left by John Paul II “has changes the world” because “its strong and clear message, rooted in the Gospel, has touched the hearts of all.”

U.K. group releases Catholic voter guide

Apr 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Today, the Catholic Action Group (C.A.G.) released its Voters Guide for Catholics in preparation for the U.K.’s upcoming general elections.

Socialist government scorns dialogue with family associations

Apr 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In response to the approval of a bill making homosexual unions equivalent to marriage by the Justice Committee of the Spanish Congress, the watchdog website “” has denounced the Socialist government for scorning dialogue with associations that most represent the interests of families and is instead legislating for 0.1% of the population.

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