Archive of December 17, 2003 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of December 17, 2003

Material well-being can’t satisfy the human soul, Pope says

Dec 17, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II skipped his regular comments on the psalms and canticles of Vespers to focus the last general audience of the year on an encouraging message of Christian hope for Advent and Christmas.

Catholic apologist regrets Cardinal Martino’s comments on Saddam

Dec 17, 2003 - 12:00 am .- (By Deal Hudson) .- Deal Hudson, Catholic apologist and editor of  Crisis Magazine issued today an electronic newsletter criticizing Cardinal Renato Martino’s statements on Saddam Hussein. During the press conference held on Tuesday to present Pope John Paul’s letter for World Day of Peace, Cardinal Martino said “I felt pity to see this man destroyed, looking at his teeth as if he were a cow. They could have spared us these pictures.”

Pope gives thanks to Northern Italians for Christmas tree

Dec 17, 2003 - 12:00 am .- At the end of today’s weekly general audience, during his multi-language greetings to the faithful, Pope John Paul expressed special thanks to the people of the northern Italian region of Valle D’Aosta, accompanied by their bishop and civil authorities, for the Christmas trees that they provided for the Vatican.

Florida town sued for not allowing display of Christian Nativity

Dec 17, 2003 - 12:00 am .- A lawsuit was filed against the Town of Palm Beach Dec. 15, after town officials refused to display the Christian Nativity scene on public property, even though they allow the Jewish menorah to be displayed there.

Scientific experts agree embryonic stem cells are unnecessary for medical progress

Dec 17, 2003 - 12:00 am .- A new resource, compiled by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Prolife Committee, shows that international scientific experts agree that embryonic stem-cell research is unnecessary for medical progress.

Record numbers of people attend audiences of John Paul II

Dec 17, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The Apostolic Prefecture of the Vatican announced Pope John Paul II has broken the record for the number of people that he has received in his general audiences.

Bishop decries senselessness of children dying of hunger in Argentina

Dec 17, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Auxiliary Bishop José Antonio Gentico of Buenos Aires says “it is absurd that in a country like Argentina where bread abounds, children are dying of hunger.  This cannot be!” he said in a magazine interview published by the Archdiocese’s Committee on Childhood and Adolescence.   

Iraqi priest calls for the building of a new nation after capture of Saddam

Dec 17, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Speaking with the Catholic news agency Fides, Fr. Nizar Semaan, a renowned priest of the diocese of Nineveh (Iraq), said the capture of Saddam Hussein is an opportunity for Iraqis to begin building a new future.