Archive of January 29, 2004

Pope says Christian marriage is valid unless “the contrary is demonstrated”

Jan 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Addressing officials and attorneys of the Roman Rota at the inauguration of the Vatican’s judicial year, Pope John Paul II said the bond of marriage must be defended as valid unless the contrary is clearly demonstrated. The Roman Rota is the judicial department that revises legal matters in the Catholic Church, namely, marriage annulments.

Pope call to reflect on condition of Children, “spiritual childhood” during Lent

Jan 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II released today his Lenten Message for 2004 entitled “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me,” inviting Catholics to reflect on how children are treated “in our families, in civil society, and in the Church.”Read here the Pope’s Lenten Message 2004:

Vatican launches initiatives to favor Children with AIDS

Jan 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During the official presentation of Pope John Paul II’s Lenten message 2004, entitled “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me,” Archbishop Paul Josef Cordes, President of the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum,” announced two Vatican initiatives to favor Children with AIDS.

European association launches contest called “Family Matters”

Jan 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- With the sponsorship of the European Parliament, the association World Youth Alliance has launched a contest called “Family Matters,” which will give an award to the person with the best answer to the question, “Why does my family matter?”  Organizers of this unique contest said the top answers will be displayed at the European Parliament and will be published by World Youth Alliance.

Persecuted bishop asks for international help so that Sudanese can decide their own future

Jan 29, 2004 - 12:00 am .- One of the symbols of religious persecution in Sudan, Bishop Macram Max Gassis of Obeid, is calling on the international community to look after the self-determination of various regions of the country as the various factions of country are close to a peace agreement.