Archive of February 9, 2004 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of February 9, 2004

Reform of the UN is a “moral obligation,” Pope says

Feb 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On Saturday, Pope John Paul II welcomed at the Vatican Julian Robert Hunte, President of the 58th General Assembly of the United Nations, to whom he stressed the need for reform of the UN. “As you know,” the Pope told him in English, “the Holy See considers the United Nations Organization a significant means for promoting the universal common good.”

Archbishop O’Malley headed rally for traditional marriage

Feb 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- About 2,000 people came out to a rally yesterday to support a state constitutional amendment that will maintain the traditional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman.

Pope recalls Lourdes, 150th Anniversary of Dogma of Immaculate Conception

Feb 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Addressing the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square for the Angelus on Sunday, Pope John Paul meditated upon the coming feast of our Lady of Lourdes (February 11) and the 150th anniversary of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.

Pontifical Academy for Life to remember memorable French pro-lifer

Feb 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Pontifical Academy for Life will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of its foundation by Pope John Paul II by honoring the late French geneticist and pro-life leader Jerome Lejeune.

States must protect rights of monogamous, heterosexual marriage, Vatican says at UN 

Feb 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Holy See Permanent Observer to the United Nations Archbishop Celestino Migliore, spoke last Saturday on the role of the family during the 42nd session of the UN’s Social Development Committee, which included a commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the International Year of the Family.

Gibson explains the ‘Passion’ to churchgoers via satellite

Feb 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Mel Gibson spoke with thousands of churchgoers, after screenings of his film “The Passion of the Christ” Feb. 7, and told them that he is not anti-Semitic.

Catholic Church still rebuts BBC on anti-Catholic coverage

Feb 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The controller of BBC Scotland defended the broadcaster’s coverage of the Catholic Church yesterday after Archbishop Mario Conti of Glasgow took the BBC to task for encouraging "a tabloid culture" and for demonstrating a "gross insensitivity" to the Church. The archbishop made these comments in a letter published in The Herald Feb. 4.

“The Passion of the Christ” to be debuted in Latin America in Peru, Mexico and Argentina

Feb 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Officials at Warner Bros/20TH Century Fox have revealed to CNA that Peru, where the conglomerate has distribution rights, will be the first country in Latin America to debut the movie “The Passion of the Christ,” on March 25.  One day later the movie will debut in Mexico, and on April 8 it will debut in Argentina.

Dallas man rents 20-screen complex to show “Passion” to 6,000 people

Feb 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Arch Bonnema, a member of the Dallas-area Prestonwood Baptist Church near Dallas, has decided to involve his family in renting a 20-screen Cinemark complex to show Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” to show it to 6,000 people, according to Baptist Press.

Colombian Guerrilla calls for mediation by the Church, bishops ask for concrete gestures

Feb 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Pedro Rubiano, Archbishop of Bogotá and President of the Colombian Bishops Conference, responded to the surprising request of the National Liberation Amy (ELN) for the mediation of the Church in an eventual dialogue with the government by calling on the guerrilla group to demonstrate its desire for peace with concrete actions.