Archive of December 9, 2003 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of December 9, 2003

Seminarians must prepare to priestly life with intense prayer, Pope says

Dec 9, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II told a group of Polish seminarians on Tuesday that they must prepare for their future priestly duties with an intense prayer life. The Pontiff welcomed the rector, priests, professors, religious and seminarians from the seminary of Radom, Poland, recalling his visit to the seminary in 1991 and speaking on the historical and spiritual legacies of which the seminarians today are heirs.

Pope to authorities in Paraguay: promote education of your people

Dec 9, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Upon receiving the credentials of the new ambassador of the Republic of Paraguay, Marcos Martinez Mendieta, John Paul II called on Paraguayan authorities to bring education to the people.

Only faith can grasp the mystery of Mary Immaculate, Pope says

Dec 9, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Speaking to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square to celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, a holiday in Italy and in other Catholic countries, Pope John Paul II said the dogma of the Immaculate Conception can only be comprehended by the light of faith.

Major media hide  fact women die for legal abortion, expert says

Dec 9, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The startling results of the latest survey on abortion in the United States show that women die of legal abortions in the U.S., and that abortion varies along racial lines, with three times more black babies being aborted than white babies. The survey also reports that almost half of all women who obtain abortions have obtained multiple abortions, with almost 17 percent of these women undergoing their fourth abortions in some regions.

PETA billboard depicts Virgin Mary cradling chicken carcass

Dec 9, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is hoping that a billboard of the Virgin Mary cradling a chicken carcass will convince people to become vegetarian.

Australian man receives one-year jail term for false claim of sexual abuse

Dec 9, 2003 - 12:00 am .- A man, who claimed he had been abused by Catholic brothers, has been sentenced to a one-year jail term after an investigation revealed that his claim was false.

Decorate hearts more than homes this Christmas, Mexican Bishop says

Dec 9, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Marking the second week of Advent, Bishop Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel of San Cristóbal de las Casas in Mexico said that “just as we decorate our homes for Christmas, so also should we prepare for the coming of the Savior into our hearts through sincere repentance, which leads to a good sacramental confession and a change in attitude.”

Pro-life medical students in Cuba send message of support to imprisoned pro-life doctor

Dec 9, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Five medical students from the Institute of Medical Sciences in Havana are marking the Day of Medicine by sending a message of congratulations and gratitude to Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet.