Archive of December 8, 2003 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of December 8, 2003

St. John the Baptist still speaks today, Pope says

Dec 8, 2003 - 12:00 am .- During the recitation of the Angelus on the Second Sunday of Advent, Pope John Paul II said the call of St. John the Baptists resonates still today, calling mankind to follow Jesus.

Pope Pius XII did everything possible to protect Jews: Jesuit journal

Dec 8, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Pope Pius XII did everything humanly possible to protect Rome’s Jews from the Nazis and only learned of the Nazi roundup of Jews in Rome after it had occurred, says an article in a recent issue of the influential Italian Jesuit journal Civilta Cattolica.

New movements renew faith in today’s world, says Holy Father

Dec 8, 2003 - 12:00 am .- In a letter sent to Chiara Lubich, foundress of the Focolare Movement, to mark the 60th anniversary its foundation, Pope John Paul II reaffirmed his confidence in the lay apostolic movements and associations.

Bishop supports outreach to AIDS victims, not AIDS walk

Dec 8, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Raymond L. Burke of La Crosse said he supports the diocesan outreach ministry to AIDS victims but, because of Catholic moral teaching, cannot support its participation in an AIDS walk, which will direct funds to two organizations that promote homosexual activity.

U.S. bishops speak out against over-the-counter "emergency contraception"

Dec 8, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Emergency contraceptives should not be switched from prescription to over-the-counter drugs, say the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

No regrets for urging Catholic politicians to vote pro-life: Bishop Burke

Dec 8, 2003 - 12:00 am .- A bishop who wrote letters to two Catholic state legislators and one member of Congress, urging them to support pro-life public policy, said he did so not to influence their votes but as the man in charge of their pastoral care, reported the Journal Sentinel.

Optimism and hope growing in Columbia, Bishop says

Dec 8, 2003 - 12:00 am .- During his visit to the organization Aid to the Church in Need, Bishop Luis Romero Franco of Facatitiva, Columbia, praised the efforts of the national government to put an end to the armed conflict in the country and said “there is more optimism and more hope in our people.”

Divorces will outnumber marriages by 2009 in Spain

Dec 8, 2003 - 12:00 am .- According to data from the Institute for Family Politics that will be officially presented next week, the annual divorce rate in Spain will surpass the number of marriages in the country within seven years.