Archive of December 5, 2003 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of December 5, 2003

Pope issues apostolic letter to mark 40th anniversary of Sacrosantum Concilium

Dec 5, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II signed his latest Apostolic Letter yesterday, December 4, marking the 40th anniversary of the Vatican II Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosantum Concilium. In the 16-paragraph letter, the Holy Father says that the anniversary of Sacrosantum Concilium provides an opportunity to “rediscover the underlying themes of the liturgical renewal sought by the Council Fathers.

New vocations depend on testimony of holiness, Pope says

Dec 5, 2003 - 12:00 am .- In a message released on the occasion of the 41st World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope John Paul II said that holiness of those who have been called is key in attracting new vocations.

There is a close relationship between hunger and peace, Pope says

Dec 5, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Addressing  participants at the 32nd Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO,) Pope John Paul said that the world cannot be deaf to the plight of the hungry.

Catholic-Jewish statement: we share moral responsibility to the World

Dec 5, 2003 - 12:00 am .- An Israeli Delegation  and  the Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews issued on Thursday a joint declaration stating the religious and moral value of the Holy Scriptures for both traditions.

Episcopal diocese requests membership in Catholic Church

Dec 5, 2003 - 12:00 am .- An Episcopalian diocese approached the Vatican and requested to come into the Roman Catholic Church, Seattle Archbishop Alexander J. Brunett told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Catholic lawmakers must vote pro-life: Bishop Burke

Dec 5, 2003 - 12:00 am .- As practicing Catholics, Catholic lawmakers cannot support legislation that is "anti-life," said Bishop Raymond L. Burke in letters that he sent recently to Catholic politicians, reported the Journal Sentinel.

Public universities go to battle in favor of same-sex benefits

Dec 5, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The Thomas More Law Center has questioned the use of public funds by universities to advance the homosexual agenda after the ACLU, University of Michigan, and Wayne State University requested permission to file briefs in support of public funding of insurance benefits to same-sex partners.

New Iraqi Patriarch concerned with Muslim fundamentalism

Dec 5, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The new top Catholic leader of Iraq,  Emmanuel III Delly, recently elected Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, expressed yesterday his concern for the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in Iraq.