Archive of January 23, 2004 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of January 23, 2004

Pope praises Spain’s Christian roots

Jan 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On Friday morning Pope John Paul received in audience Jose Maria Aznar, President of the Spanish government, accompanied by his wife and an entourage. During his brief remarks to Aznar, the Pope expressed his joy at having received him along with his family, as this is his last visit to the pontiff as the president of government after eight years in office.

Cardinal López Trujillo announces new document that will address so-called “safe sex”

Jan 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In comments made to Columbian media outlets, Cardinal Alfonso López Trujillo, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, reiterated that condoms do not help to prevent AIDS, and he announced that his dicastery has published a new 44-page document addressed to health officials with information concerning the myth of “safe sex.”

Roe v. Wade made abortion ‘routine’, USCCB official

Jan 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Thirty-one years of Roe v. Wade has changed social norms and made abortion routine, said an official with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops yesterday on the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that created a legal right to abortion at any time in pregnancy for any reason.

President supports thousands at March for Life

Jan 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Tens of thousands of pro-life advocates gathered in Washington for the March for Life yesterday and demanded that Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that paved the way for 45 million abortions, be overturned with pro-life legislation.

ADL back to the offensive against “The Passion of the  Christ”

Jan 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Two members of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) renewed their concerns about Mel Gibson’s film on the last hours of the life of Christ after slipping into a screening uninvited at a religious conference in Orlando, Fl., yesterday.

Belgian Cardinal says homosexual acts are perverted

Jan 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Belgian Cardinal Gustav Joos said this week that homosexuals that take pride in their condition and are public about it at all costs are “sexual perverts.”  "I am willing to write in my own blood that of all those who call themselves lesbian or gay, a maximum of five to 10 percent are effectively lesbian or gay," Cardinal Gustaaf Joos, 80, told the Belgian weekly P-Magazine.

Argentinean Cardinal exhorts young people “broaden their horizons” 

Jan 23, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During a Mass celebrated Wednesday at St. Agnes Parish in Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of the Argentinean capital, said that while abortion is a crime that destroys children, false values are also destructive.