Archive of January 20, 2004 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of January 20, 2004

Pope’s reaction to Gibson film still stirs debate

Jan 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Articles about who said what to whom continue to make headlines as the debate about what the Pope actually said after he viewed The Passion of the Christ rages on in the press. The debate began after a breaking story by National Catholic Reporter columnist John Allen in December. In it, Allen reported that Pope John Paul II viewed Mel Gibson’s film in his private quarters and reacted to it saying, “It is as it was.”

Teaching peace is safest “security policy,” Pope says

Jan 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Speaking to members of the General Inspectorate for Public Security at the Vatican, Pope John Paul stressed the need of teaching peace as the true alternative to violence.

Pope to Muslims: “Peace be with you!”

Jan 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- “Peace be with you!” were Pope John Paul’s opening words this morning in the Consistory Hall as he welcomed participants, including Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, President of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, in the just-concluded Ninth Congress of the Islamic-Catholic Liaison Committee.

Scientists object to therapeutic cloning

Jan 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- There’s more than moral reason to object to therapeutic cloning, says the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in the latest communication from its pro-life office.

Family groups oppose bill that will force five-year-olds to attend school

Jan 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A new bill that will force five-year-olds to attend school will receive a hearing tomorrow in the state Legislature.

Thousands of crosses commemorate victims of repression in Cuba 

Jan 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Next February 20-23, volunteers from various countries will be placing more than 10,000 white crosses, each inscribed with a name of a victim of the Castro government in Cuba, in a memorial to be set up at Miami’s Tamiami Park.

Undocumented are not commerce, says Archdiocese of Mexico

Jan 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In the latest edition of its weekly newspaper, the Archdiocese of Mexico City denounced what it calls the commerce mentality that exists in reference to Mexican migrants in the United States.

Hindu fundamentalists attack on Salesian part of increasing violence against Catholic religious

Jan 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Salesian News Agency is reporting this week that a Salesian priest was attacked by Hindu fundamentalists in the Indian region of Jabhua, where violence against Catholic religious is on the rise.