Archive of February 26, 2004 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of February 26, 2004

John Paul II recalls centrality of families in the Church

Feb 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II stressed today that “recognizing the centrality of the family in God’s plan for man and therefore, for the life of the Church and of society, is a task, that can never be relinquished.” The Holy Father addressed a message to the pastors of the Diocese of Rome, following a tradition at the beginning of Lent.

Moviegoers react to Gibson film

Feb 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The film is out and reactions are pouring in. Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of The Christ” was finally released in theaters yesterday after months of controversy being reported in the press, and it has elicited a range of very emotional responses from audiences.

Georgetown University defends use of cell lines from aborted fetuses

Feb 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Georgetown University is defending its research practices after a review revealed that its Medical Center is using cell lines derived from aborted fetuses, reported the College Reporter.

Diocese seeks dismissal of lawsuit that alleges discrimination

Feb 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Diocese of Fargo has requested that a discrimination lawsuit, filed by a former employee, be dismissed on the basis that it has the right to preach the Gospel.

Bishop of Chiapas calls on Mexicans to open hearts to change

Feb 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Felipe Arizmendi of San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico, issued a fervent message to mark the beginning of Lent, saying that everyone is responsible for bringing about the changes that are needed in society and that all should join in efforts in favor of peace and justice.

The Church does not have an ideology, but rather lives the Gospel, says Archbishop of Seville

Feb 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Carlos Amigo Vallejo, Archbishop of Seville, said this week the Church "does not have an ideology" but rather "the Gospel of Jesus Christ," and that the Church "does not belong to any political party."

Website launches campaign to stop legalization of abortion in Portugual

Feb 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Spanish website ("Make your voice heard") has launched a massive email campaign to prevent the legalization of abortion in Portugal, which will be debated in the country's legislature March 3.