Archive of February 18, 2004 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of February 18, 2004

Vatican official answers Foxman: The Passion of the Christ is not anti-Semitic

Feb 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a meeting at the Vatican Feb. 16, U.S. Archbishop John P. Foley told Anti-Defamation League president Abraham Foxman the he saw no anti-Semitism in “The Passion of the Christ.”

Christ brings fulfillment to all creation, Pope says

Feb 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II called on the world this morning to summarize all things in Christ in order to fulfill God’s plan for humanity.

Holiness guarantees efficiency in evangelization, Pope tells Focolare

Feb 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a message to a group of bishops and collaborators of the Focolare movement, who are meeting in Rome, Pope John Paul II stressed that only holiness can guarantee the fulfillment of the Christian mission to evangelize.

Speakers with pro-abortion stance should not be invited to Catholic institutions: Bishop Keleher

Feb 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Catholic institutions should no longer invite speakers, who support abortion rights, to "address, give workshops, or otherwise make any presentation" at Catholic institutions in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, said Archbishop James P. Keleher.

House approves measure requiring parents be told of teens’ abortions

Feb 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Parents in Florida may soon have the legal right to be informed if their teenage daughters seek an abortion, reported the Associated Press yesterday.

Cardinal backs down from HIV testing for seminary candidates

Feb 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Montreal has backed down from implementing a policy that would screen seminary candidates for HIV, after consulting with canon and civil lawyers.

Bishops ask “necessary decisions” be made to combat violence in Haiti

Feb 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops Conference of Haiti is calling on the country’s leaders and politicians to “urgently make the necessary decisions” to end the violence Haiti.

Bishop denounces spread of gangs in southern Mexico

Feb 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The new Archbishop of Antequera-Oaxaca, José Luis Chávez Botello, has denounced the rapid spread of Central American gangs in southern Mexico, and called attention to the “lack of resources and capability” of the local governments to combat them.

Spanish bishops respond to adoption of twins by lesbians in Navarre

Feb 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Spanish Bishops Conference has responded to a recently revealed unpublished decision by a judge in the Navarre province which granted authorization for the adoption of twin sisters by a lesbian couple, saying that when homosexuals are given to right to adopt children, the right of minors to have a father and a mother is not respected.

Italian journalist says “The Passion of the Christ” is the best film about Jesus ever made

Feb 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In an article written for the Spanish newspaper “La Razón,” the renowned Italian journalist Vittorio Messori recounts his experience seeing “The Passion of the Christ,” saying the movie is greatest film about Jesus Christ ever produced because of its “radical catholicity” and the providential signs that marked its filming. “What Gibson was attempting with ‘The Passion’ he has achieved: it hits you”, is the title of the article by Messori.