Archive of December 18, 2003 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of December 18, 2003

Pope John Paul endorses “The Passion of Christ” with five simple words

Dec 18, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II saw Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of Christ” and endorsed the film saying: “It is as it was,” reported National Review columnist Peggy Noonan. The Pope reportedly saw the film the weekend before last in his private rooms with his close friend, Msgr. Stanislaw Dziwisz.

New vocations must be attracted by “audacious witnesses,” Pope says

Dec 18, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Addressing the issue of the dramatic fall of vocations among traditional religious communities in France, Pope John Paul told a group of French bishops that new vocations can be attracted only by “courageous witnesses.”

Pope to preside at key celebrations during Holidays

Dec 18, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican’s Office of Liturgical Celebration  revealed today Pope John Paul’s schedule of  celebrations for December and January.

FDA ruling on morning-after pill is ‘reckless experiment’ on women: bishops

Dec 18, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must reject a “reckless experiment” on women that will make the morning-after pill, otherwise known as Plan B or “emergency contraception” available without a prescription, say the U.S. bishops.

Massachusetts marriage ruling opens door for lesbian wedding cruise in July

Dec 18, 2003 - 12:00 am .- While family groups are trying to find ways to overturn the landmark Massachusetts high-court decision allowing same-sex marriage, a lesbian-themed travel company plans to take advantage of it by organizing a wedding cruise for as many as 1,200 lesbian women, reported yesterday.

Archbishop of Miami apologizes for 'the sins of a few,' in a letter to parishioners

Dec 18, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Miami moved one step closer to reconciliation and came clean about alleged sexual abuse by clergy last weekend in a report, issued to its parishes through the Florida Catholic newspaper. The eight-page insert acknowledges that 38 diocesan priests have been accused of sexual misconduct involving minors since the archdiocese was founded 45 years ago, reported the Miami Herald.

New Catholic TV network will broadcast to all of Italy from Padre Pio’s monastery

Dec 18, 2003 - 12:00 am .- A new television station associated with the Church in Italy will begin broadcasting in January 2004, from San Giovanni Rotundo, the home of Padre Pio, and will be called “Padre Pio TV.”

First statue in Brazil of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta is blessed

Dec 18, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Eusebio Sheid, Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, blessed this Wednesday in the Church of the Resurrection in Copacabana the first statue of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, which was brought to the country from Italy.

Venezuelan parish attacked for second time

Dec 18, 2003 - 12:00 am .- According to law enforcement officials, the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Los Teques, Venezuela, was attacked again last week by arsonists, who managed to set fire to some interior and exterior parts of the church.  This is the second attack the parish has seen in seven days, as the first attack took place on December 9, when a gasoline bomb exploded at the church’s entrance.